Let's say I have a two monitor setup.

I open Firefox on display #1. If I hover my mouse to select a menu item on display #1, the global menu will show. But if I hover the mouse to select a menu item on display #2 nothing will show, unless I move the Firefox window to the second display. But then the global menu will not show on display #1.

Can I make the global menu show on all displays, no matter on which display the application is visble?

Please note that I do not want to disable the auto-hide feature.

Edit: Adding a reason on why I need this:

One of the reasons I ask for this, is because I regularly connect my laptop to my TV Set and watch movies (I use VLC). So, most of the times I want to access the menu of VLC without the need of interrupting the playback.

And even if I did interrupt the playback, VLC's playlist can be undocked from the main window, and become a window on its own.

So I always keep the playlist on the laptop display, and the movie on full screen on the TV display. And even if the playlist is the active window, since VLC's main window is on the TV display, the menu would only show on the TV display, and not on the laptop.

  • I can't figure out how can be VLC's playlist undocked from the main window. Can you? Jun 12, 2013 at 18:09
  • @RaduRădeanu Yeah, sure. In VLC's menu go to Tools. In it, there is an menu option called Docked playlist. Uncheck it.
    – Dan
    Jun 12, 2013 at 19:06
  • I found it. For me Dock playlist is in View (I use VLC media player 2.0.6). Now, as you can check the problem is that the Playlist doesn't have any kind of menu when the focus is on it (appearing only VLC media player in global menu) indifferent in which display is the Playlist window. So this is a problem with Playlist menu (you can report it like a bug) and nothing to do with global menu. As an alternative, you can use the VLC menu from notification area (system tray) which is visible in every display, indifferent where is VLC window. Jun 12, 2013 at 20:15

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No, you can't (only if someone will make an application/program to do so or if you select Mirror displays in System settings > Hardware > Displays). The thing you're asking is inconsistent.

Think that you have one application (Firefox) opened on the display #1 and another one (let say Chromium) on the display #2. Now, you look at the display #2, so you use Chromium and you will see in global menu the menu for Chromium. What reason do you have now to see in global menu the menu for Firefox that is displayed on display #1? And vice versa. This makes no sense...

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    I'm not saying you are not right, but this is not an answer to the question, should be posted as a comment?
    – Nanne
    Jun 11, 2013 at 7:13
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    The global menu is supposed to be shown for the activated application. If I'm using Firefox, and Chromium is on the other screen, I still want to see the Firefox menu since it's the application I'm using.
    – Dan
    Jun 11, 2013 at 8:13
  • @Dan "The global menu is supposed to be shown for the activated application" on the display where you are using the respective application. I think that the global menu is a "child" process of the display, not the other way. Jun 11, 2013 at 12:58
  • @Nanne I am sorry for a neggative answer, but this is the answer. Jun 12, 2013 at 0:43
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    @RaduRădeanu I edited the question to shed some light on a reason behind this, and to explain why this would make sense.
    – Dan
    Jun 12, 2013 at 11:21

If dosn't matter in wich screen apper firefox you can duplicate screen so you will be able to see the same in bouth screens.

Sorry for my speling

  • That's mirrored displays, I do not want that.
    – Dan
    Jun 11, 2013 at 8:08

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