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Secondary monitor setup for Mac users

Exclusively for SketchBook for Desktop on the Mac

For Mac users with dual monitors (one could be a tablet) and a custom UI layout in SketchBook, you may have been told to run SketchBook on your primary monitor. Well, since Mac OS Mavericks (v.10.9), this has changed. Before Mavericks, running SketchBook on your secondary monitor would have resulted in changes to your custom UI layout whenever you closed and re-opened the app. Now with OS 10.9 or higher, this is a thing of the past. All you need is dual docks and to always launch SketchBook from your secondary monitor.

Here’s how to do this:

1. Select Apple > System Preferences > Displays. Tap Arrangement and arrange your two displays. For example, if you have an iMac on a riser and the secondary monitor physically below it, drag the secondary monitor to reflect this.

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2. Do the following to display a menu bar and dock on both monitors and prevent “spreading” a window or app between your monitors.

Keep in mind, you’ll need your user password, since you must log out and back in for this change take.

Back out to System Preferences and select Mission Control. Place a check in the Displays have separate Spaces box. If your dock is at the bottom your display, it will be at the bottom of both displays.

To gain a bit more real estate, select System Preferences > Dock and place a check in the Automatically hide and show the dock box.

Setting up your custom UI

  1. In your secondary monitor, click the bottom of your screen to access your dock.
  2. Tap the SketchBook icon and launch SketchBook.
  3. Drag the different UI elements, such as the Brush Palette and Color Editor, into position.
  4. Quit SketchBook to save your custom layout.

Keep in mind, the custom UI was created on your secondary monitor, so you must launch SketchBook from there if you want to retain it.

A special thanks to Michael Rhodes for bringing this issue to our attention.

Updated on October 17, 2017

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