[ubuntu-uk] Dual monitors with independent desktops

Andrew Oakley andrew at aoakley.com
Wed Feb 13 09:58:31 GMT 2008

Rob Beard wrote:
> Basically what I want to do is send the second monitor output to an LCD 
> TV (but not have a complete MythTV installation) which I can just play 
> videos on.

In Gutsy/Hardy: System menu - Administration - Screens and Graphics - 
Screen 2 - Secondary Screen - Extend the Default Screen to the 
[right/left/wherever you prefer].

Then just grab the window you want (eg. MythTV) and drag it off your 
first monitor and onto your second monitor. For example, if you selected 
"extend the default screen to the RIGHT" then you just drag the window 
to the right border and it jumps over to the other monitor.

Then put the program into fullscreen mode.

And that's it. "It just works", most of the time. I do this on my laptop 
quite frequently.

The only confusion is if you are running Compiz (Advanced Desktop 
Effects) - you may need to turn off "Edge Flip Move" under "Rotate Cube" 
to prevent it from simply rotating/switching virtual desktops when you 
drag a window to the screen edge.

Andrew Oakley

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