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Parameters for setting up multiple monitors in a SCADA project

Published date: 22 March 2019

Issue
Setting up multiple monitors

Product Line
PowerSCADA Expert (8.x, 9.0)

Environment
Computer Setup Editor
INI Parameters

Cause
Multiple monitors being utilized in the project

Resolution
The following parameters are used to control how multiple monitors function in a project.

PSE 8.0

[MultiMonitors]DisableAutoStart
Used to stop the MultiMonitor functionality from being loaded automatically at startup
False (0)- Enable startup loading of Multimonitor functionality
True (1)- Disable startup loading of Multimonitor functionality
Default value: 0

[MultiMonitors]Monitors
Indicates the number of monitors the project will be displayed on; the project can be displayed on a maximum of 8 monitors
Default value: 1

[MultiMonitors]StartupPage<n>
Determines the pages that appear when starting up a multi monitor setup. For example, StartupPage1 determines the page that appears on the first monitor at startup, StartupPage2 determines what appears on the second monitor, and so on.
Default Value: If left blank, the page specified in parameter '[Page] Startup' will be displayed

PSO 9.0

1. Common Parameters​

[MultiMonitors]DisableAutoStart 
Used to stop the MultiMonitor functionality from being loaded automatically at startup.
Note: Use the MultiMonitorStart() cicode function to load the MultiMonitor function if required
Allowable Values: 
• False (0)- Enable startup loading of Multimonitor functionality
• True (1)- Disable startup loading of Multimonitor functionality
Default Value: False (0)

[MultiMonitors]Monitors 
Indicates the number of monitors configured for the project. 
Note: This parameter is ignored if the ScreenProfile parameter is used.
Allowable Values: 1 to 8. 
Default Value: 1 

[MultiMonitors]ScreenProfile
Sets the arrangement of monitors on a client workstation for a project. 
Allowable Values: Any valid screen profile name 
Default: None

[MultiMonitors]StartupPage<n>
Determines the pages that appear when starting up a multi monitor setup. For example, StartupPagePrimary determines the page that appears on the first monitor at startup, StartupPage1 (the name you have assigned to the parameter) determines what appears on the second monitor, and so on. 
Allowable Values: Any valid page name 
Default Value: If left blank, the page specified in parameter [Page] Startup. 

[MultiMonitors]StartupPage<Name>
Determines the page that appears on the monitor that corresponds to the screen named "Screen1" in the screen profile. 
On start up, Citect SCADA will compare the physical monitors on the workstation to the screens in the screen profile and attempt to map screens to monitors based on the resolution and relative position to the primary monitor/screen. If a physical monitor cannot be found, for example it has failed or been disconnected or the configuration is incorrect, that screen will be mapped to the primary monitor. So, you may have multiple pages displayed on the primary monitor.
Note: If you don't specify a startup page for a monitor in the Setup wizard, any startup page setting in the Citect.ini file will be replaced by ><. This overrides the configuration of a monitor set up with a page in the Parameters database.
Allowable Values: Any valid page name 
Default Value: No default. However, if no value has been specified for any of the screens, the page specified by the [Page] Startup parameter will be shown on the primary screen only. 


2. CSV Parameters

[MultiMonitors]LastPageStackSize 
Determines the maximum number of pages that can be included in the Back button's drop-down list of previously visited pages. 
Allowable Values: 1 - 10 
Default Value: 10 

[MultiMonitors]ScreenWidth 
Adjusts the displayed page to suit the width of the screen in pixels. If you are not running with the recommended default screen size of 1024 x 768, you should adjust this setting to match the screen width of one monitor. 
Allowable Values: 640, 800, 1024, 1152, 1280, 1920, etc. 
Default Value: 1024


3. Situational Awareness Parameters

[MultiMonitors]Context<n>
Allows you to share a single context with one or more screens.
Note: This parameter is only valid for Situational Awareness projects.
Allowable Values: Any valid context name.
Default: None


[MultiMonitors]Workspaces
Indicates the number of workspace pages that are shown. This parameter is only relevant when using Situational Awareness workspaces.
Note: If the number specified is incorrect (value too low), the Workspace functionality may not work as expected, or there may be a delay before workspaces are initialized (value too high).
Allowable values:Values between 1 to 20
Default: 1


Note: For complete list of parameters refer to Setup Editor from PowerSCADA Editor.

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