How to add panels to both monitors on a dual monitor MATE desktop.

Posted: July 4, 2013. At: 1:05 PM. This was 4 years ago. Post ID: 5909

The MATE desktop; when used with dual monitors by default only shows the panels on one screen or the other. The solution is to right-click on the panels and opt to add a new panel. Then drag this new panel to the other screen end on to the first panel. This will give you a panel on each screen. Then move your applets to the new panel by right-clicking on them and moving them. Then you can have what looks like one long panel spanning both monitors. This is the only way to do this that I could find. I cannot get this to work on the bottom panels as well, but having a Macintosh styled top panel is pretty cool though. So give this a try if you want to have a desktop with the proper panels spanning behaviour. The Xfce4 desktop can have proper panel spanning behaviour but this is the MATE desktop we are talking about. I hope they fix this bug soon, this is annoying when you want both screens to look the same.

The picture below shows the end-result of this trick. This is the best that you can do when you want to have a panel on each screen. The only other way is to have one panel on the top of one screen and one on the bottom of the other, but this is a better way to accomplish this.

Linux Mint 15 MATE with panel on both screens.
Linux Mint 15 MATE with panel on both screens.
3 responses to “How to add panels to both monitors on a dual monitor MATE desktop.

Thank you for your post.

Just a quick note: in order to move the 2nd panel, you’ll have to:

– Right-click the panel you wish to move and select “Properties”.
– Uncheck the “Expand” option under the “General” tab.
– Grab one of the edges of the panel by clicking on the left or right end (top or bottom end for vertical panels).
– Drag the bar to the desired screen and position.
– Check the “Expand” option in the “Panel Properties” window and click “Close”.

I’d like to know if there’s any way to do this automatically. Usually I use my laptop with just one monitor; sometimes I plug in an external monitor. Manually adding panels to both monitors works when the external monitor is connected. But when I disconnect it there’d be duplicate panels on the laptop screen. Any ideas?

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