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How to place specific skins on specific monitors when using dual monitors

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CosmoQueen
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How to place specific skins on specific monitors when using dual monitors

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I have a laptop running windows 10 home and the rainmeter program as well as a few skins installed on my laptop. I want to try and do a few different things for each monitor but I am new to this whole rainmeter thing so I don't even know if what I want to do is possible. First of all here goes the list of what I have and what I want to try and do.

I am using frost on my laptop as the music meter and I want to place it only on the second monitor I have not on my main laptop monitor. Because I use the extra monitor to watch videos and listen to music and would like to place it on there where I also play the vlc media player from. Plus if possible I would like to stretch the size of the "Frost" along the full width of the second monitor if possible.

Plus I also have a weather skin as well that I want to place on the main laptop monitor as well if possible. I also have a time and calendar skin which I want to place only on the laptop monitor. Media I want only on the second monitor and the stuff I would need close by I want on the laptop monitor. If that makes any sense at all.

If this can be done can someone please tell me how to do this I have tried to tinker in the settings on the frost skin in rainmeter to change the width but it wont work for some reason.

If anyone could help me out I would be greatly appreciated!
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balala
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Re: How to place specific skins on specific monitors when using dual monitors

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CosmoQueen wrote: May 20th, 2020, 8:45 pm If anyone could help me out I would be greatly appreciated!
I'm using one single monitor, so maybe I am wrong, but as far as I know you can get the skins and drag them where you want: on first, or second monitor or wherever do you want.
Sorry if I am wrong...
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Re: How to place specific skins on specific monitors when using dual monitors

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I found out I can move them but I didn't know if they lock in place if I place them there if they come back to the main screen once I close the vlc media player. I didn't know for sure.
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Re: How to place specific skins on specific monitors when using dual monitors

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CosmoQueen wrote: May 20th, 2020, 9:43 pm I found out I can move them but I didn't know if they lock in place if I place them there if they come back to the main screen once I close the vlc media player. I didn't know for sure.
It's easy: check it. Drag a skin to the second monitor, close VLC and see what's going on. I doubt it would move back, however I'm not sure.
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Re: How to place specific skins on specific monitors when using dual monitors

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sometimes skins can get "pulled" back to the primary monitor. To avoid that just un-select "keep on screen" in the rainmeter manager - or right-click the skin and some really handy options are also there as well.

I have 6 displays and getting things right takes a lot of time if something goes awry. In the rainmeter manager, there is a tab called "Layouts" there you can name and save quite a few different layouts. You could in fact create a skin just for conveniently organising things and maintain your design theme or rainmeter setup across any number of displays.

I might take a second to shout out "Display Fusion" multi monitor manager - is not free but has a 30 trial before you lose some options, although not all of the functions are 'gone' but disabled until you register your copy.
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Re: How to place specific skins on specific monitors when using dual monitors

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Thank you for the explanation I was kind of worried about this issue but so far I have downloaded and tinkered with over 20 skins and have worked my way down to 4 actually working and looking the way I want I plan to delete all the rest of them. I am using a weather skin, music visualizer skin and a calendar skin and a clock skin. These all look and work pretty well for me so far.