I have a shortcut to "xfce4-display-settings -m" that displays the following options when I have two monitors connected:

  • Laptop
  • Mirror Displays
  • Extend to the Right
  • Monitor

I would like to also see "Extend to the Left." What can I do to make that option appear?

Note: I am running Ubuntu 12.10 with xubuntu-desktop installed.

  • 1
    I don't think there's a way to add an option to the GUI way. I can provide a script which you can run or bind a keyboard shortcut to, if you want.
    – mreq
    Dec 31, 2013 at 19:46
  • A script that applied that option would satisfy my use-case, so yes, I'd appreciate it if you wrote one and posted it as an answer.
    – corvec
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:33
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    The GUI is the same in Ubuntu 14.04, still no way to change that GUI. Aug 31, 2014 at 20:48

1 Answer 1


The command is simple:

xrandr --output HDMI1 --auto --left-of eDP1

You will have to find the names of the displays and edit the command accordingly. To do so, simply run xrandr without arguments.

  • But how to change the menu entry itself to "Extend to the Left"?
    – user308164
    Jan 31, 2017 at 12:49
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    the problem is that the extended display becomes in fact the primary
    – user47206
    Mar 10, 2017 at 23:51
  • Very thorough answer here.. The short version is: not possible, because as @cipricus points out, XFCE apparently treats the left as the primary. Work-a-rounds with xrand as posted by @mreq (or other manual config) seems to be the only option currently
    – demaniak
    May 14, 2018 at 4:28

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