I have a dual screen setup which works fine, but I cannot put desktop icons on the second monitor. My left screen is configured to be the main screen, but it doesn't really matter, even if I configure the right screen to be the main screen I cannot place any icons there. They always go back to their original location on the left monitor. I can move and place the icons on the left monitor wherever I want, but once I try to move them to the other screen they move back to the left screen. Is there any way to change that?

This video wasn't made by me, but it shows the same behaviour as I am experiencing, so if my explanation wasn't good enough, have a look.

  • Icons can be placed anywhere on a dual monitor set-up with Linux Mint 17.x (Cinnamon). I'm guessing it would be possible on 18.x too. Must be something to do with xfce.
    – Tigger
    Jun 5, 2017 at 11:19
  • @Tigger: Yeah, I installed Mate just to test it (didn't like it for other reasons) and there it was no problem placing monitors on the other screen.
    – waka
    Jun 5, 2017 at 11:35

1 Answer 1


Right click the second monitor, Desktop Settings.

Choose the option "Show desktop icons on all monitors"

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  • Sorry that it took me so long to get back to you. Unfortunatly I don't have that option in the desktop settings. I'm using xfce 4.12.1 btw.
    – waka
    Oct 20, 2017 at 20:20
  • I can't thank you enough for this. I replaced my older Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.2 and went to 18.3 and this got me confused. Thank you!
    – R J
    May 7, 2018 at 16:17

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