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I'm running on a tiny netbook attached to a 22" monitor. When I'm using it without the monitor it makes sense to have the menu bar on the laptop monitor but when I have the big monitor plugged in I want the menu bar on the big monitor. How can I set it up this way?

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Set gnome-panel to the first (laptop) monitor type

   gconftool-2 --set "/apps/panel/toplevels/top_panel_screen0/monitor" --type integer "0"

For the second (external) monitor use

   gconftool-2 --set "/apps/panel/toplevels/top_panel_screen0/monitor" --type integer "1"

If you use awn instead of gnome-panel, this will work too.

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I use a applet called Jupiter which was originally designed for the eee netbook but should work with any laptop/netbook you can get the deb from their site

or you can add the ppa to get updates - What are ppa's and how do I use them?

open a terminal and type

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/jupiter

then this

sudo apt-get update

and finally this

sudo apt-get install jupiter

one of the functions is to selectively disable either the internal or external displays meaning when you have the big monitor attached you can disable the netbook display having your panels on that screen.

Hope this helps

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