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#1 2018-01-21 20:17:23

babag
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desktop display issue - new icons off screen

posted this on the ubuntu forum. not sure if this is the right place or that is.

having an issue with the xfce desktop. using ubuntu studio, fresh install of current version.

when i create new launchers they appear off screen and i have to reposition my display through the settings manager to find them. in addition to new launchers, sometimes windows op[en off screen or partially off screen, such as with their title bars off screen so they can't be accessed to drag them so as to be fully visible.

of three attempted installs, i tried avlinux and kxstudio as well, ubuntu studio was the only one that seemed to correctly detect my four-monitor setup. i'm working with multimedia so this setup is critical. ubuntu has been great with the exception of the off-screen thing. i've linked two screenshots to illustrate the issue. it looks like the system is defining the desktop as the combined height and width of my entire display layout, which is, of course, not quite right. there are empty areas on either side of the upper display. by defining the desktop by combined height/width the system thinks it can place icons in the upper left area, which is off screen.

the first screenshot shows my normal display positioning. the second shows how i have to reposition the upper display to find or access off screen items.

how do i fix this?

thanks,
BabaG

25954846868_8abfd03b7f_b.jpgDisplay_setup_normal by BabaG01, on Flickr
39118292814_9e096d7fe7_b.jpgDisplay_setup_find_icons by BabaG01, on Flickr

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#2 2018-01-22 07:16:42

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Re: desktop display issue - new icons off screen

babag wrote:

in addition to new launchers, sometimes windows op[en off screen or partially off screen, such as with their title bars off screen so they can't be accessed to drag them so as to be fully visible.

I can't solve your issue, but for the above, you can also move a window by right-clicking on its Window Buttons representation (if you use that panel applet) and selecting the Move option, or by placing your mouse cursor anywhere within that window, holding down your Alt key AND your left mouse button, and moving your mouse cursor.

Hope this helps until you can solve the problem!

Regards,
MDM


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#3 2018-01-22 23:35:40

babag
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Re: desktop display issue - new icons off screen

thanks for the response, MDM. i'm not sure what this part means, though:

MountainDewManiac wrote:

...its Window Buttons representation (if you use that panel applet)...

do you have any more specifics? what this is called? i'd like to look into it. it sounds like a good tip.

thanks gain,
BabaG

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#4 2018-01-23 01:42:22

ToZ
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Re: desktop display issue - new icons off screen

What versions of xfce4-settings:

xfsettings -V

...xfce4-panel:

xfce4-panel -V

...and xfwm4:

xfwm4 -V

...are you running?

This might be a bug to be addressed via the bug tracker.


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#5 2018-01-23 01:47:45

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Re: desktop display issue - new icons off screen

babag wrote:

do you have any more specifics?

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babag wrote:

what this is called?

Window Buttons.

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#6 2018-01-31 20:17:35

CwF
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Re: desktop display issue - new icons off screen

In a different way I have the same problem. In that second graphic, screen 3 has its upper left corner at 0,0. In the first graphic it doesn't, 0,0 is still over there in no mans land. From screen 1, screen 4 takes 0,0 to the left, and screen 3 takes 0,0 north but adds no info of width. As far as I can tell the desktop is a rectangle only with no positioning within, so you have a dead spot above screen 2 also that you could hide something! With a similar setup  with some screens flipping input sources to external screens, I use a combo of x2vnc or x2x and found this rectangle rule. In the above example option -north would not be available, -east and -west would not work, and only - south would...Difficult to explain and if you use neither of these mouse region mapping utilities what I said makes no sense, but it does expose the rectangle desktop theory! For example if you random staggered the monitors, the desktop will always be a rectangle big enough to surround the display area and will include dead space in the region. For me panels also randomly displace when I change things up. Sometimes they move, sometimes not. It gets really complicated when I reposition or disable a screen with a x2x or x2vnc mapping active = you can get into function that is lost on a reboot = like it treats the mapping as a screen dynamically, and one that is not there yet on reboot. Anyway, it's my take the behavior you've found seems to be how it works!

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