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21.10 Multiple Displays

A single Emacs can talk to more than one X display. Initially, Emacs uses just one display—the one specified with the DISPLAY environment variable or with the ‘--display’ option (see Initial Options). To connect to another display, use the command make-frame-on-display:

M-x make-frame-on-display RET display RET

Create a new frame on display display.

A single X server can handle more than one screen. When you open frames on two screens belonging to one server, Emacs knows they share a single keyboard, and it treats all the commands arriving from these screens as a single stream of input.

When you open frames on different X servers, Emacs makes a separate input stream for each server. Each server also has its own selected frame. The commands you enter with a particular X server apply to that server’s selected frame.

On multi-monitor displays it is possible to use the command make-frame-on-monitor:

M-x make-frame-on-monitor RET monitor RET

Create a new frame on monitor monitor whose screen area is a part of the current display.