maximized windows cover bottom panel in dual monitor configuration

Emre Erenoglu erenoglu at
Sun Apr 17 09:33:45 CEST 2011

On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 1:41 AM, Nick Schermer <nickschermer at>wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 3:15 AM, Emre Erenoglu <erenoglu at> wrote:
> > Dear Developers,
> >
> > I have a notebook screen and a separate monitor.  I usually use my
> notebook
> > attached to this external monitor (1680x1050), which sites above the LCD
> of
> > the notebook (1280x800) and configured as such with xrandr:
> >  $ xrand
> > Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1680 x 1850, maximum 8192 x 8192
> > LVDS1 connected 1280x800+0+1050 (normal left inverted right x axis y
> axis)
> > 304mm x 190mm
> > VGA1 connected 1680x1050+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
> > 433mm x 270mm
> Your laptop screen is below the external monitor, this means the panel
> cannot set struts on this edge (because struts are relative from the
> screen edge). So either but the laptop screen above, left or right of
> the external monitor or use a setup with 2 screens.

Hi Nick,

Thanks for your mail. Putting the laptop somewhere else wouldn't be suitable
for me from an ergonomics point of view. This is the most ergonomic way to
work with two screens for me.  Windows XP shell is able to cope up with this
pretty well, is there something we could do for XFCE? Not everybody puts
their monitors side by side and it's generally not possible to put laptop
screen above the external monitor :)

Could you elaborate a bit more what you mean by a setup with 2 screens? How
can I achive this with xrandr or xorg? Please note that this shall be
configurable on the fly since laptop is sometimes connected to work external
monitor and sometimes home external monitor and sometimes its laptop screen
alone. I was using xrandr when I change locations to readjust the screens.

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