Choose monitor output in Mate

You may experience after installation of Linus Mint Mate having a screen which shows you only the desktop wallpaper, but no icons and no menu. Though when right-clicking your mouse, you can call up the standard context menu.

The reason for this is not clear, but whatever it is, the situation is caused by your Linux system generating image for two screens and the “active” end of the desktop being drawn on the other, invisible screen, not the one which you are actually using. This may happen, for example, if you have both VGA and HDMI outputs.

user@user-All-Series ~ $ mate-control-center

Simply right-click the desktop and select “Open in Terminal”, or, alternatively, press Alt+F2 and enter:


Then, already in the Terminal, type:


Once in the Control Center, select Displays and either just put check mark in “Same image in all monitors” or configure the displays with On/Off and “Set as the primary” options.


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