In the case of full-screen in a virtual machine, is it possible to still change pixels on the screen? - virtualization

This question popped in my head as I use around five VM switching between them all the time and I'd like to use a software that 'warms up your computer display at night' (like SunsetScreen or f.lux). Do I have to install one on the host or one on each virtual machine ?
So basically is it possible for the host for being still able to modify pixels on the screens after fullscreen ?


Is it possible to save a window layout in Windows XP?

When I am working with files on my project I normally have four windows open viewing four different folders in the four quadrants of the screen. My morning ritual involves having to manually open these four folders, takes only a few moments but I was hoping to find a way to automate this with Windows XP?
Any ideas?
You can write a batch file with these commands:
start c:\myfolder1
start c:\myfolder2
start c:\myfolder3
start c:\myfolder4
or, since Bart said in the comments on this answer, he uses this method:
explorer c:\myfolder1 (etc...)
and then run that any way you wish (on Start up, via a shortcut...)
As for saving their position on the screen, I don't know much about that, but you could try using Winsplit Revolution. That will let you use hotkeys to reposition windows (Ctrl+Alt+Numpad 7 moves a window to the top left).
Please take a look at TaskLayout: a portable Windows utility which allow saving/restoring of the desktop layout(a set of specified apps/windows with corresponding position on screen) in a single click.
It can save layouts for running applications/folders/special folders/etc and works even in WindowsXP.Here are some examples of work: Video1, Video2

Controlling popup or new window behaviour in dual monitor displays

When I have the web browser open on the secondary monitor on a dual monitor display that is configured as two separate screens I notice that if you click on a website to share an article by email then the popup window of the email client will show up on the primary display screen (where I am running the application).
Is there a way to control the popup so that it appears on the same screen that the browser application is running because sometimes it gets hidden behind other applications on the primary display so you think that the share link is not working?
I have qty 4 24" monitors running on a Dell 690 with 2 FX Quadro 4500 video cards. Each one drives 2 monitors, which are configured as one long monitor of 8K x 2K pixels. A few things I have noticed that seem etched in concrete.
1. If the parent of the new window is your browser, it usually but not always pops up over or next to the browser. Since you can drag it anywhere you like I would not fuss over where it pops up at. I have had just clicked-on programs pop up on my 3rd or 4th monitor, so I had to drag it over to where I wanted it.
2. Monitor 1, the 'home' monitor, always has the desktop icons and any add-on gadgets confined to its screen. Its code may push new windows to a monitor with a less crowded screen, or accept a new pop-up screen if that window is low on the z-index. I.E., it is not claiming rights to be on top off other windows.
3. Best way that I avoid hidden windows with so many monitors and CAD programs running is to make sure each window is set NOT to fill the screen. It if is not in use at that moment I shrink it down to the system tray.
4. Notepad and LabView seem to be the only programs so far that I can stretch across 2 or 4 screens with no corruption in the program. Excel may crash if you do this and MSword tends to get its lines out of sync. To some degree the programs have to be aware of multiple monitors, and very few are.
5. Each monitor has its own video buffer ram (ddram). This is the unseen barrier that programs need to be aware of when it is stretched out across multiple screens or creates a child window. If these extra large pixels spaces are not accounted for by the program-not the OS, then corruption or loss of the new window are very possible. The browser may not even be aware of where its child window popped up at.
6. PC's can only be intuitive up to a certain point. With many screens and apps running the user needs to manage it all.

How to access the “change the size of all items” in the Display in Control Panel after changing it to 500%

By mistake, the option on "custom sizing options" was set at 500% in the section "change the size of all items".
The result is all elements on the screen are huge, and whereas I am able to reach the display section and through tab I am able to navigate some options on the left panel, I am unable to reach the change the size of all items section.
I have tried several things to revert it to 100%, but all have failed so far:
Restart on safe mode. Displaying it on a different monitor and proyector using both hdmi and vga. Uninstalling the graphics driver didnt help. Using the "zoom" only has option to zoom in. Changing the screen orientation to vertical in hopes of accessing more options allowed me to see the left panel but not more. Using ctrl + mouse doesnt change the size inside the Display section. The computer doesnt have a restoration point to go back to, and I cant uninstall the applications because it isnt my laptop.
I have been searching for the correct command to execute but the closest I have found is "Display Properties control desk.cpl" and it is not the command I need. By the way, the computer is a lenovo using windows 8.1 in spanish. I have tried in other computers, for example a dell in windows 8 and the percetage is limited to 200%, so I cant test it correctly.
If somebody has a solution or any suggestion please share.
English is not my mother language so please excuse the grammar and misspelings.

How to make tool windows remember their monitor and position in IntelliJ Idea 13

How to make tool windows remember their monitor and position in IntelliJ Idea 13?
Is there a way to do that?
I have 2 monitors with different resolutions.
I like to keep the main window of the IDE (and the code editor) on my laptop monitor and have the tool windows (Debug, Changes, Run, Terminal, Maven) on the second one at max width and height.
So What I do is to float them, max them on the second monitor and pin them there.
it works but every time I close the IDE, or sometimes during my day they get back to the main monitor again.
They kind of maintain their height and width (a few pixels less I think) but they appear huge in the middle of my smaller monitor.
This is the only draw back I have to say agains the IDE, and in Eclipse this kind of thing works as a charm.
Is there a way to solve it? Or a plugin?
I had the same problem with Find window. Solution was to close IDEA (13.1.5) with all windows positioned as I like. It seems IDEA memorizes window positions only on termination.

Screenshot of a virtual terminal when it is not focused (in the background)

This is on Ubuntu. I have two xsessions, one on tty7 (display :0) and one on tty8 (display :1). For the record, :0 is Unity and :1 is Fluxbox. I would like to be able to take a screenshot on display :1 while working on display :0.
I'm using the Java Robot class. I've written a small screen scraping bot. The mouse movements work when I'm switched to the other virtual terminal, but the screengrabs are coming out all black (the bot has no image to act on).
I'm spawning the second xsession with:
startx /usr/bin/fluxbox -- :1
Is there a way to make the screenshots work? Is there a workaround for keeping the display active (remote desktop to it?)? Would someone be kind enough to explain why these go black when the virtual terminal is not focused?
I'm looking for the least intensive way to have a second display, mouse, and keyboard running. The path of least resistance would be a way to keep the display active when not focused.
Thanks! Sorry if any of my terminology is off, new to using a second virtual terminal.
You get a black image simply because the image you want to capture does not exist anywhere.
When a virtual terminal is active, each program that is on your display will generate its own image, and the image gets put into the video memory. When the virtual terminal is not active, the programs do not generate their image (since it would be superfluous), nothing stores those images, so you cannot capture them.