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?

  • The other answers did not help me with ubuntu 18. StackExchange doesn't let me answer because of reputation requirements, so I will leave my answer of another question with the same problem here: askubuntu.com/a/1257613/624299 Hope it helps :)
    – Vinicius
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 9:59

2 Answers 2


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.

  • 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
    Commented May 12, 2010 at 21:53
  • 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
    Commented Jun 7, 2012 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

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .