When screen capturing, it is difficult to determine which monitor is which
I have 2 external monitors. Both are Dell 27" displays. They're both the same resolution. In my case, they're different model numbers, but may people may buy two of the same monitor.
When I try to screen share in a video conference or use Kooha (screen recording app), I get a dialog that looks like this:
I have no way of knowing which 'Dell Inc. 27"' monitor is which! Is it my primary on the left or secondary on the right?
As an example solution, GNOME Settings solves this in 2 ways:
- The GNOME Settings app shows an overview map of the monitor layout and refer to the assigned number whenever the monitor is referenced.
- At the same time, a number badge is overlaid on each monitor.
Two different workarounds I could suggest:
- Detect duplicate strings and get more specific
- If the descriptions are the same, show the model number as well.
- If the model numbers are the same, perhaps show some identifier of some sort.
- If it's possible to get the orientation of the monitors, then it would be awesome to say something like:
- 'Dell 27" Left'
- 'Dell 27" Right'
- (or 'Dell 27" Middle' otherwise)
So, to summarize, there are four different possible solutions:
- Graphical map
- Showing model (or some other identifier) when there are otherwise duplicate strings
- Showing spatial display order