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I have just installed Ubuntu and I'm trying to set up a correct configuration for having multiple monitors.

I want the two monitors to have their own workspaces, yet the ability to drag a window from one monitor to the next. I also want a separate panel (taskbar) for each monitor.

I have played around with nvidia-settings and tried the following different configs:

  1. Having both monitors `Use separate X screen"
    A panel for each monitor but I couldn't drag windows from one monitor to the next
  2. Using TwinView
    The ability to drag windows from one monitor to the next but only a single panel for the primary display

Now I want to have the above configurations combined. Basically, as I stated beforehand, having a separate panel for each monitor and also the ability to drag windows across monitors.

Can anyone provide me with suggestions please?

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Managed to fix it just now.

I did the following to create a new panel and move it to the secondary monitor:

  1. Right click on existing panel and choose New Panel
  2. Drag the new panel to the secondary monitor by ALT + Drag
  3. Right click on your new panel and choose Add to Panel
  4. From the list, choose Windows List

Wrote up a blog post about it here.

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Works great, thanks! –  Jephir May 12 '10 at 21:30
    
The way I did it was to keep on adding panels until it added it to the other monitor. Then I removed the extraneous panels. –  Nitrodist May 12 '10 at 21:53
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+1, thanks for detailing your steps in addition to including your blog link. –  quack quixote May 13 '10 at 3:47
    
If you're on ubuntu-classic, you may need to use Super+Alt+RClick to access the "Add to Panel..." menu. ("Super" being the windows key in most cases) –  aidan Jun 7 '12 at 13:57

The ALT + Drag method didn't work for my desktop, but there is another alternative.

  1. Right-click the panel you'd like to move, and uncheck "Expand" in the properties
  2. The panel will now have two 'handles' on each side - these can be used to drag the panel to a different monitor.
  3. Re-check "Expand" in the panel properties once you have it where you'd like it
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protected by Diago Oct 13 '10 at 20:22

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