I'm new to Linux Mint but I do use Linux since 2003 (mostly debian and ubuntu). Up to now it was always possible to easily move a panel in Gnome to where ever I wanted it by pressing +Button1 (left mouse) to move the panel. In Linux Mint this does not seem to work.


How can I move a gnome-panel to my second monitor in Linux Mint?


I use

  • a freshly installed Linux Mint 11 "Katya"
  • Gnome 2.3 / Gnome 3
  • GNOME-Panel 2.32.1
  • Compiz

In earlier Versions

  • I was first able to move it like any other windows just with Button1
  • later I needed Button1 to move it

Thank you in advance.

Solution for others to see

Gnome 2.3:

In the panel options uncheck "expand panel", then it is possible to simply move the panel anywhere you want.

Very intuitive... not! But it works.

Gnome 3:.0

Any ideas?


You can use xrandr to set a primary monitor.

First use the -q option to discover the "name" of your other monitor. The 2nd one is probably the one with a shift, here: +1440 after the resolution 1280x800 for LVDS1.

> xrandr -q
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 2720 x 900, maximum 8192 x 8192
LVDS1 connected 1280x800+1440+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 303mm x 190mm
   1280x800       60.0*+   50.0  
VGA1 connected 1440x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 410mm x 257mm
   1440x900       59.9*+   75.0  

Than set that monitor to primary:

> xrandr --output LVDS1 --primary
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  • Great hint! According to blog.nachtarbeiter.net/2012/01/09/… this isn't permanent, though; but apparently in the gnome-display-settings dialog you can move that tiny black bar between the displayed monitors, which should make a permanent change. It's really difficult to discover, though :-) – oliver Jun 13 '14 at 20:37
  • you saved my day! I have been dragging them to other monitors for years! – ipolevoy May 25 '18 at 16:52

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