Ubuntu display

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Changing display settings in Ubuntu.

Note that Ubuntu in most cases will automatically detect that you insert / remove a screen.

The Display method

Also known as nouveau

Search for display in Dash Home. More abaout Ubuntu_Dash_Home


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In Displays you can among other things detect monitors connected to your computer, select the extended / clone mode, resolution, rotation and select the order in which the monitors should be in. You can extend the desktop to span two monitors as well.


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Cloning your desktop when you are connected to a projector.


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When you press apply the settings are written to the file ~/.config/monitors.xml. The file can be edit manually with vi or another text editor.

xorg.conf method

If you have a nvidia graphick card or simular and you are not able to use nouveau, then you have other tools installed like NVIDIA X Server Settings.

Search for nvidia in Dash Home. More about Ubuntu_Dash_Home


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The result will show you NVIDIA X Server Settings tool that gives you possibleities to detect monitors connected to your computer, select the extended / clone mode, resolution, rotation and the order the monitors should be in.


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