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What if I just had an HDMI cable running from the TV and left it unplugged but when I wanted to watch a movie I could unplug monitor 2 and plug the TV in its place...would this then show whatever monitor 1 shows?

If you have two screens already I suggest you play with the settings to see how it would work. The TV will act exactly how a computer monitor would. In the situation you described, the TV would display whatever you had on screen two, not mirror screen1. (you can set it to mirror if that's what you want)
 
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Well I think for now...I would honestly just like to plug/unplug monitor 2/TV when I want to use dual monitors or when I want to watch movies. Im going to keep it simple until I have everything with my media center etc figured out and will probably upgrade to a splitter.

So if I wanted to watch movies..I would load up the media center on my primary monitor, select the movie, play it etc. Now to have my TV mirror this image (the movie) what should I do...obviously unplug my secondary monitor and plug the TV in its place right? But you were saying it would make the TV act as a monitor (which makes sense). Is there some type of program I can install and load in order for my secondary "monitor" (which in this case watching movies would make the TV the "secondary" monitor) to mirror the images of the primary monitor (where I will load and play the movies) quickly? Like just clicking "mirror" or "independent" monitor or something of the likes. So I can switch from mirroring back to independent (when I want to go back to dual monitors) quickly without the hassel of multiple plugs and unplugs to figure everything out?

Honestly guys...thanks so much for your help so far. You have been very patient and helpful...really thanks.
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You dont have to mirror anything, just open media center on your second monitor and switch the plugs.
 
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You dont have to mirror anything, just open media center on your second monitor and switch the plugs.

So if my monitors are independent I can just open media center on monitor 2, unplug it and plug the TV into monitor two slot? So the TV would just act as the second monitor right...what about the difference in resolution that my 2nd monitor and TV are sure to have? Will the media center be able to automatically determine the best resolution my TV can play the movie in?
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