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Lightroom Desktop: Allow for a second monitor

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Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2017 Oct 30, 2017

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Where has the secondary monitor feature gone ?
I'm just starting to use the cloud version after completing migration (which took a long time). How many more basic features will be missing?
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New Here ,
Nov 08, 2020 Nov 08, 2020

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Dual monitor functionality was a standard feature from the inception Lightroom Classic if I remember correctly.  I am frustrated that Adobe, for whatever reason, still does not include it in the CC version.  If this continues, it will be a deal-breaker for me.  I like having the extra real estate of my second monitor since I use a MacBook Pro.

Why have you not added this simple feature Adobe???

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Engaged ,
Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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Hi there,

I would like to use dual monitors in Lightroom CC in the same way I could do with Classic.
Is this possible?

If not please add this as a feature.

thanks,
John Berry

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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This thread is being merged into an existing authoritative thread for better tracking and response. Please review the official answer (if any) in the second post on the thread for more information. 

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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Engaged ,
Jul 03, 2021 Jul 03, 2021

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I've bit the bullet and switched my workflow and my entire catalog to Lightroom (cloud version). I am using a workflow that back syncs the entire catalog to LR Classic so that I can continue to use the features that are only available in classic, the most important one being dual monitor support. I'm finding however that Lightroom Classic doesnt play nicely with the Album (formerly Collection) structure that is used in Lightroom cloud. The last feature in LR Classic that I really need in the new LR is dual monitor support. Please make this happen ASAP so that I can ditch Lightroom Classic and finally have a fully functional cloud workflow.

To anyone else reading this who wants dual monitor support in Lightroom, make sure you upvote the feature request at the top of the page. I imagine more than 62 people (at time of writing) think the ability to use lightroom on two monitors is an important feature

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Engaged ,
Jul 03, 2021 Jul 03, 2021

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*charlesmajerus and now it's 2021. Completely agree that we need this feature. The other great use for dual monitors in Lightroom Classic is having one monitor in the vertical (portrait) orientation and one monitor in the horizontal (landscape) orientation. That way either orientation of photo can be viewed full screen at max size, rather than only being able to look at much reduced versions of all your vertical orientation photos. In LR Classic my photo review workflow involved setting both screens to full size and flipping through, then a quick turn of the eyeballs from one monitor to the other when going from a horizontal oriented photo to a vertical oriented photo is all that was needed to review and assess any photo at large detail. Lets get this functionality in the new cloud version of Lightroom.

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Engaged ,
Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021

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Now in 2021, over four years since this feature request was initially posted, I'm not convinced it will ever be implemented. I've been following this thread over the years with bemusement as one brave soul after another makes the same refrain, quite apparently to no effect. It's almost a joke, made at the expense of us users.

I have the luxury of saying this because I don't get paid to make photographs, but at some point you have to take a hard look at what Lightroom CC really is. In my view, it's at best a prosumer product, and priced for that market. I don't fire up the application every single day, maybe not even once a week, and I know I'm not using most of its more advanced editing features to the fullest extent. I can see why Adobe  made the judgment call that dual monitor support wouldn't have as much of an impact on an amateur like me who maybe views a hundred to two hundred pictures every few weeks. I do like the convenience of being able to store all of my pictures on the cloud for instant access for viewing/editing anywhere, and $9.99 a month for that privilege, while expensive, has thus far been tolerable.

This isn't to say I blame you professional users for making this request - it's inexcusable for Adobe not to have this from the initial release, but I'm thinking your hard-earned dollars, especially if you've made it in your photography business, is better spent elsewhere with a company that appreciates your professional needs. The fact that a half decade later they're still supporting and updating "Classic," is basically a tacit acknowledgement that CC can't compete with the likes of CaptureOne and other professional-level photo management applications. 

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Engaged ,
Jul 11, 2021 Jul 11, 2021

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I'm also seriously disappointed finding this 4-year old thread. Partly because I couldn't even find a clear feature comparison between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. So there was no way of knowing Lightroom CC lacked dual monitor support until after I started using it. I'm guessing all the pros (not me) are just using Classic. Everybody else doesn't miss the feature because they don't know any better. Disappointing.

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Contributor ,
Jul 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021

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*LightroomUser3 

I have not seen a clear feature comparison from Adobe. However, many third parties maintain one. Such as this one:

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-cc-vs-classic-features/

If dual monitors was that critical, than you should have discovered this with when you evaluated the software. I think your assumption that people do not know what they are missing is funny. I used Classic for eight years, before making the switch to Cloudy a couple weeks ago. I have dual 4K monitors (one wide gamut, one not), and yet I am surviving just fine in Cloudy.

I have lots of issues with Cloudy, but as much I would like to see this feature, the reality is if you are processing this many images that you "need" this feature than you would not do it in Classic either. You should be using software like Photo Mechanic to handle that initial ingestion. At that point you can consider if Cloudy meets your requirements or you want to use Classic.

Tim

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Engaged ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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I think we all miss the dual monitor feature. It shouldn’t be a feature that’s removed because of some imagined work flow that obviates it. Many want it back - so come on Adobe please bring it back. This thread has been going for years now.  In fact let’s have triple monitor support! Go that extra inch!
And for those of us who feel it’s unneeded - just don’t use it. Lol. 
And I agree - surely any software author would do well to provide an official and trustworthy feature comparison when presenting such a situation like this to it’s user base. 
I know I like to feel a forum is a safe place to share opinion. 


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Contributor ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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*ben_bartlett 

Dual monitors was never removed. It has never been present in Lightroom desktop.

Yes, it has existed and continues to exist in Classic.

Tim

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