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Old 04-03-2017, 12:40 AM   #1
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Question Make Programs Only Open on Main Monitor?


Hello! I've recently made the switch to Ubuntu and am having an issue with my dual monitor setup.

I'd like for all programs to initially open on my main monitor, but many of them are opening on the monitor they were last used from.

For example, if I open Synaptic and drag it to my external monitor, close it, then open it back up, it will open on my secondary monitor. If I open it, drag it back to my main, close and reopen, it will open on my main again.

I've set my Multi Output Mode in CompizConfig to use the device with the pointer, but only certain programs like Nautilus, Terminal, gedit, etc. obey this setting. Most everything else just goes to wherever it was last located.

Any help with this would be appreciated, thanks!


EDIT:
Actually, if possible, I think I'd prefer if they open on whichever monitor my pointer is on. Again, a few programs work like this and follow the Compiz settings, but most just open wherever they were last located, and some even only open on my main monitor regardless of where they were launched from or last located.

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Old 04-03-2017, 08:18 PM   #2
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Anyone?

Is it possible to set it so that either all programs will open on the monitor they were launched from, or just from the main monitor?

If nothing else I could try to rig up a background script with Python, but I'm surprised there doesn't appear to be a simpler option for this...
 
Old 04-04-2017, 05:05 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2017, 03:31 AM   #4
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my wild guess at an answer (since you're so desperate, and extensive web searches don't seem to have helped either) would be:

yes, it is definitely possible, but not with ubuntu's default desktop environment.
many windowmanagers are able to do what you want.
 
  


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