I am running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx and I was wondering if it is possible to put a panel on a secondary monitor.

Here are methods I have tried which did not work:

  1. Click and drag the panel from the primary monitor to the secondary monitor
  2. Installing TwinView (couldn't find it)

2 Answers 2


Create the new panel as usual and then holding down ALT and drag it to the other monitor.

This ALT+drag method also works for moving windows around without needing to grab the top bar.

  • How do you do that thing with the ALT?
    – Wuffers
    May 15, 2010 at 12:00
  • alt, click on ur panel with left, HOLD down the left button and drag.
    – Apache
    May 15, 2010 at 13:07
  • Lol, I know that, I was wondering how you make the ALT look like it does in your answer.
    – Wuffers
    May 15, 2010 at 13:34
  • Wait, nvm, know now, its the <kbd> HTML tag :P
    – Wuffers
    May 15, 2010 at 14:52
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    One thing to be aware of with this: you need to drag the panel itself, not any of the icons or applets in it. Sometimes applets and icons will fill up the whole panel. I exposed a little bit of my panel by middle-clicking one of my launcher icons and dragging it to the side. Then I could ALT-Click or right click, or whatever in that little empty space left behind. Feb 2, 2011 at 14:33

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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