Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have two monitors and I want my wacom to only work on one monitor.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

That's not currently possible with Ubuntu. You'd need to program xorg to focus one core pointer towards one specific screen and I don't know of any way that's possible.

You could however suggest it as a feature for xorg by reporting a bug:

I suspect that you may be using an nvidia card, if this is the case then you are using twinview which distorts the dimensions of the desktop (because it's fake, it's one desktop over two displays, instead of two desktops like ATI and Intel), to set this up just use xsetwacom:

xsetwacom --list

This will tell you the names of your pen device, then use that in the next command:

xsetwacom --set "Wacom Intuos3 4x6 stylus" TwinView horizontal

To put it back to normal, use:

xsetwacom --set "Wacom Intuos3 4x6 stylus" TwinView none

You should need to set stylus, eraser and pointer to get all your devices set right. Once you can see how it works, copy and paste the commands into a new hidden file called .xinitrc in your home folder, you can use a normal text editor to make the file.

Now you should have good wacom settings when you reboot. (side note: you can use xsetwacom --list param to get a list of all the options you can set.)

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.