I'm using a laptop with a second monitor in portrait mode above it. Like this:

      |  |
      | 2|
   |   1   |

I can't find settings that let me access the second screen by moving the mouse to the top of the laptop screen. Currently I need to move the mouse to the left of the laptop to access the second monitor. Is it possible to access the top monitor by moving the mouse to the top on the bottom monitor?

Edit: I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

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    You haven't said what release of Ubuntu you want help with, yes you can have a vertical arrangement (I use it myself on a couple of boxes, plus one monitor in portrait in a dual setup) - but your release influences the setup, and you haven't told us that. – guiverc Apr 27 '19 at 10:50
  • What is your desktop environment? The solution will depend on it. – N0rbert Apr 27 '19 at 10:51
  • @guiverc Sorry, it's Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS – Tom Apr 27 '19 at 11:03
  • @N0rbert I don't know what you mean. How can I found out which desktop environment I'm using? – Tom Apr 27 '19 at 11:05
  • Not sure what your intention is, move to the top monitor if you move to the top of the bottom monitor, no matter on which x position the mouse is on the bottom monitor? – Jacob Vlijm May 2 '19 at 16:52

Go to settings > Displays

And drag the second display to your desired position, then click on Apply.

screen shot of screen settings page


You could use ARandR, which is an XRandR GUI. It functions as a screen layout editor, in which you can rearrange your screens in any position you'd like as well as change the orientation of a screen (that would be helpful if your monitor doesn't support that option in its own controls).

Run the following command to install it:

sudo apt install arandr

You can see a screenshot of it being used here: You can see a screenshot of it being used here: http://screenshots.debian.net/package/arandr

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