Linux Mint 21

Emacs 27.1

On my PC are plugging 3 monitors.

So when I run Emacs in GUI mode and then run command M-x make-frame-on-monitor

I get the next result:

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I select desire monitor and Emacs open new frame in selected monitor.


Now I run Emacs in text mode like this: emacs -nw and then run command M-x make-frame-on-monitor, I get the next result:

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As you can see I can't select another monitor. How I can do this in text mode?

  • n.b. You can open new frames from a terminal frame, but only one of them can be displayed in the terminal at a time. You can see in the mode line which frame is currently being displayed (F1, F2, etc).
    – phils
    Jul 16, 2023 at 11:14
  • @phils whoa! you taught me something, you should make that comment into a complete answer (I guess you have to add that "monitors" and "displays" don't make sense as a concept in terminal, but that frames still do)
    – Trevoke
    Jul 18, 2023 at 18:46

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You’re running Emacs inside of a terminal emulator. Historical terminals only ever had one monitor, and so terminal emulators only provide a single window to the applications running inside them. Thus there is no way for Emacs to do it.

The closest you can get is to run M-x server-start, then open another copy of the terminal emulator and run emacsclient in it. This is a lot more complicated than merely opening a new frame in the Emacs GUI, but it has a similar effect.

  • Another option is make-frame-on-display, but then you need to move the frame to the right monitor,
    – rpluim
    Jul 17, 2023 at 9:21

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