Quick Tip: Use Blender on Multiple Monitors

Feel like pro by using Blender across multiple monitors.

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1 minute
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Blender 2.5
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Beginner
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Rating: 4.9/5 (93 votes cast)

It’s a question that get’s thrown around a lot: “Can Blender be used across multiple monitors?”

The good news is: Yes.

In fact if you remember back to when Sintel was being produced, you’ll remember that each crew member had dual monitor setups:

"Dual monitors make the pain go away"

Hope you found this quick tip useful! :D

…and since it’s related, here’s a Dilbert comic:

Quick Tip: Use Blender on Multiple Monitors, 4.9 out of 5 based on 93 ratings

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Varel

    Thanks andrew now i just have to buy one monitor left

  • http://www.facebook.com/piotr.knut.3 Piotr Knut

    Thanks mate. It is very useful.

  • Eric

    Best ignore such comments. It is sad that some folk feel compelled to write them.

    • Eric

      Oops. The comment I was referring to was old. I applied the sort by newest and this post is now out of context. Just ignore it.

  • Roger

    Hello Andrew,

    I am using Blender 2.63.7 and it does not have the feture to use GUI instead of CPU for rendering. It is not in the “System” of the User Prefrence, and it does not come up under “Render” in the camera menu. You said something about “CUDA” but I can not find it anywhere on the Blender site. Do you have any suggestions.

    My email is RDS2@Q.Com

  • http://juantwo.com Juan

    Thanks man! I was trying to figure out how to float windows! Never tried holding shift.

  • WC

    I did find it useful. Thank you!

  • n4pst3r3r

    Just found out about another option:

    Pressing Ctrl-Alt-W will duplicate the entire interface into a new window.

    Cheers

  • Attila

    Thank you for your help
    Attila from AU.

  • Stefan

    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I have four monitors at work running on two computers hooked together using Synergy. I have some plans to add more monitors, so we shall see.

    I’t would be cool if synergy did some sort of remote desktop thing, so I could drag one window to another computer and use one instance of blender on two computers, but whatever.

    I may just give the network render a whirl though. I have 5 computers I could use.

    Nonetheless, This’ll be useful for scripting and such.

  • Jon Gladwill

    Awesome, thanks for the quick tip

  • Alan

    I’m using Eyefinity on 3 1080p 24″ monitors (originally 4 games) but I just maximize the Bender Window, and create sub-windows to suit. (It stays activated as the PC sees only one monitor.) Makes UV-Mapping and texture painting great :)

  • Dag Åsmund

    Blender crashes when i try to duplicate the window. :(

  • Antonioya

    Really two monitors is great. You can see the tutorial on left monitor while you work on the right one.

  • Henry Grimes

    Well I found out what was causing the sculping painting issue. It turns out that the sculting/ painting sensitivity only works on one monitor at a time so when I was creating a new window and dragging it to my other monitor that new window would dispay the pressure sensitivity and my original window on my primary monitor would lose that funtion. Now that I know that I would suggest to all others facing the same issue to just start sculping on their second window.

    And as for not having to click on the new window to activate it , what Blenderboom suggested really works well. Just go to his link and download the tiny aplication and you won’t have to click twice to do something on the second monitor!

    Thanks DocHoliday and BLenderboom for pointing out his fix!

  • Ropez

    Started doing this like a week ago. Wierd thing is I have one flat widescreen monitor, next to a square old one tha has a depth of about 1.5 feet so i have to have the hole in the back of my desk still.