Multiple Monitors, Same Workspaces

Alan Cox alan at
Fri Sep 19 07:11:44 PDT 2008

On Fri, 19 Sep 2008 08:57:13 -0500
"Clayton Shepard" <claydawg52 at> wrote:

> ...  I don't believe this anywhere near the functionality that I am talking
> about.  If I am mistaken please elaborate on how to do it with xrandr.

Set the virtual desktop nice and large in size, define both displays as
pointing to the same desktop and then xrandr will let you decide which
rectangle of the display is on each monitor (and these may overlap)

On Fedora you just select multihead in system-config-display to do this.

Once you've got the virtual desktop then xrandr will let you move
displays around with xrandr --output whatever --pos XxY

You need drivers which support randr 1.2 and I believe currently you need
a video card with multiple outputs - you can't do this across two cards,
but that may have changed by now.



Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 3200 x 1200, maximum 4096 x 2048
VGA connected 1600x1200+1600+0
TMDS-1 connected 1600x1200+0+0

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