I use dual display with Ubuntu 12.04.

Display 1: Thinkpad T420s. Intel HD3000
Display 2: HP 1955.

Whenever I want to maximize the windows (say a Chrome browser) in display 1, it automatically goes to display 2.

I tried several ways to maximize a windows (shortcut, maximize button, mouse drag-to-top) and it's resulting the same.

Any idea how to resolve this?


The comment to the other answer is the best solution:

It's apparently a bug of Chrome on Ubuntu 12.04.
Workaround: instead of maximizing Google Chrome using the maximize button or drag-to-top on display 1, do the following: 1. ctrl+super+left 2. ctrl+super+up

So to maximize Google Chrome, press ctrl+win+ then ctrl+win+

  • Interestingly enough, clicking the maximize button works properly for me, but using Ctrl+Super+Left, Ctrl+Super+Up causes this problem for me (though, for me, it happens with multiple workspaces rather than multiple screens). – Sam King Jan 29 '16 at 21:37

Install ccsm (compizconfig-settings-manager) and enable the "place windows" plugin. You can force a window to be placed at specific pixel top/left.

There's also General options > Display settings. You can add your monitors' width x height and/or set Overlapping Output Handler to prefer screen with mouse pointer.

  • couldn't figure it out with your suggestion. However, it only affected Google chrome but works perfectly with the rest (Chromium, Nautilus, Document viewer) – Husni Nov 8 '12 at 10:35
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    It apparently a bug of Google chrome on ubuntu 12.04, workround: instead of maximizing Google chrome by maximize button or drag-to-top on display 1, do the followings: 1. ctrl+super+left 2. ctrl+super+up – Husni Nov 8 '12 at 10:40
  • @Husni Huge thanks for the last one. After I used it one time the bug was gone. It was happening in chromium and firefox – Jarco Nov 23 '12 at 14:45

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