Feature request: Option to show launcher bar on all monitors

Bug #790895 reported by Ben A on 2011-05-31
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Ayatana Design
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Unity
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unity (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Currently, Unity puts the launcher bar on whatever monitor the X server considers the "primary". This is suboptimal for many multimonitor setups, and downright problematic for some, particularly if you switch back and forth between two monitors that are connected all the time. For example, in my home theater I have a large, bulb-based rear projection TV, and when I just want to listen to music or play with configuration settings, I save bulb hours by instead using a small LCD monitor off to the side. Simply having both active, and independently usable would be most ideal, but currently, to start programs, I need to have whichever display is the "primary" turned on so I can see the launcher bar.

My current workaround is to switch between the two using the NVIDIA binary driver's MetaModes feature, but this still requires me to remember to switch back to the small monitor before turning off the TV.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

added ayatana-design as affects and added the needs-design tag. Marking incomplete as we wait.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Unity now displays launchers on all monitors by default.

"""
2.8. Launcher

The Launcher is now available on all displays. Each Launcher contains the same set of application icons, showing both pinned and running applications.
"""

Unity 3D has this now. It is not in Unity 2D yet, but that's covered by bug #780204.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Fix Released
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-04-11
tags: removed: needs-design
phillamg (me-phillg) wrote :

This new feature is actually a hinderence for me, my second display needs to not have the unity launcher present. I have been unable to find a configuration option / dconf setting to allow me to only show the launcher on the primary display - is there one that I haven't found or should I raise a new LP ticket?

MC Return (mc-return) wrote :

@me-phillg:
You can change that option in the "Ubuntu Unity Plugin".
You have to install CCSM to be able to change advanced Unity options.
(sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager)

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