Display Settings Location


I just got a second display for my setup, both mounted on a stand, but one of them is slightly lower than the other one. I tried adjusting the Position in the Settings Manager but it snaps to at least 80-90px difference. I want to set that to like 40 or something.

Somewhere the config files must be stored, but I don’t know why.

Can someone help me please?

Please read the better explanation of my problem in one of my replies!

Thank you,

Which desktop environment? Please post the output of

$ inxi -Gazy

Here you go:

  Device-1: AMD Navi 23 [Radeon RX 6600/6600 XT/6600M] vendor: XFX
    driver: amdgpu v: kernel arch: RDNA-2 code: Navi-2x process: TSMC n7 (7nm)
    built: 2020-22 pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports:
    active: DP-1,DP-2 empty: DP-3,HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:73ff
    class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.10 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X:
    loaded: amdgpu unloaded: modesetting,radeon alternate: fbdev,vesa
    dri: radeonsi gpu: amdgpu display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 5120x1531 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 1354x405mm (53.31x15.94")
    s-diag: 1413mm (55.64")
  Monitor-1: DP-1 mapped: DisplayPort-0 pos: primary,bottom-r
    model: Gigabyte GS27Q serial: <filter> built: 2023 res: 2560x1440 dpi: 109
    gamma: 1.2 size: 597x336mm (23.5x13.23") diag: 685mm (27") ratio: 16:9
    modes: max: 2560x1440 min: 720x400
  Monitor-2: DP-2 mapped: DisplayPort-1 pos: top-left model: AOC Q27G2G4
    serial: <filter> built: 2021 res: 2560x1440 dpi: 109 gamma: 1.2
    size: 597x336mm (23.5x13.23") diag: 685mm (27") ratio: 16:9 modes:
    max: 2560x1440 min: 720x400
  API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: amd radeonsi platforms: device: 0 drv: radeonsi
    device: 1 drv: swrast surfaceless: drv: radeonsi x11: drv: radeonsi
    inactive: gbm,wayland
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: amd mesa v: 23.1.9-manjaro1.1
    glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT (navi23 LLVM
    16.0.6 DRM 3.54 6.6.8-2-MANJARO) device-ID: 1002:73ff memory: 7.81 GiB
    unified: no
  API: Vulkan v: 1.3.274 layers: N/A device: 0 type: discrete-gpu name: AMD
    Radeon RX 6600 XT (RADV NAVI23) driver: mesa radv v: 23.1.9-manjaro1.1
    device-ID: 1002:73ff surfaces: xcb,xlib

… put it on a stack of paper to elevate it? :grinning:

Please, read your own post and ask yourself:

  • Does this make sense to anyone reading it?
  • Have I expressed my problem sufficiently for anyone to understand?
  • Have I provided enough information to get a valid response?

Ask your questions again and specify exactly what issues you are facing. If English is not your first language, by all means use your native language, if it helps. Cheers.

Sorry, my message was a bit confusing. So, I have two monitors, both mounted on a stand for two monitors. But the one on the right is slightly lower. I would now like to change the arrangement of the displays in the system settings so that when I move the cursor from the right to the left or vice versa, it comes out at the same height on the other display. Unfortunately, I can only move the right monitor to at least 80px difference in the system settings. That is too big. I would therefore like to know how I can change this manually via Config. I cannot just put one monitor higher. I would attach a screenshot but it doesn’t let me post it.

I’m trying to change the displays in System Settings Hardware -> Displays and monitors Display setup.

If I understand completely, you simply want a smooth mouse transition from one monitor to the other (at the same vertical level).

I don’t think this is doable via software; at least, not easily with standard configurations available.

The obvious solution is to physically align the monitors. If this monitor stand won’t allow that satisfactorally, then another stand might.

For example VIVO Dual Monitor Gaming Mount Desk Stand looks promising.

Another possibility it to play with the monitor controls themselves. Specifically, whichever control arranges the image on screen vertically. Adjust that to match the other monitor.

A caveat with this approach is that either the top or bottom of the screen may be visibly cut off; which may not be desirable.

That’s all I have to suggest.

But I can move it in the system settings, but only more than I need. I need about 40px shift, but if I try to move the right monitor minimally downwards in the system settings, it only starts at about 80px, if I try to move it higher, it snaps to the same height as the other one.

These settings must be saved somewhere in a file. You could change the value manually?

I don’t know if this could be done manually, but someone else might.

You might also try logging in using Wayland (selectable from the login screen) as you seem to have it installed. That may offer additional options.

Thank you for you help, hopefully someone who knows an answer will leave it here!

Did you try Wayland as suggested? What were the results?

I’m not sure how to try that. I can’t choose anything in the Login Screen.

If you’re using KDE (you haven’t yet specified which DE you’re using) then you can select Wayland from the bottom left-hand corner of the SDDM login screen.

Looking at this:

I’d much rather opt for a hardware based solution.
If the monitor(s) are attached in a similar manner than what is visible in that picture,
I’ likely take the mounting piece to a vice, take a round file and elongate the holes,
so that one or both monitors can be moved up/down slightly - I don’t know how much distance the 40 px difference amounts to, but probably not much

Yes, I’m using KDE but in my Login Screen there is no option to switch that in the bottom left-hand corner.

Yea, I’m probably going to attempt that in a few days, but I would like to have a transitional solution so that it is not so annoying.

My mistake. You don’t seem to have it installed, afterall. It was likely another thread.

Well then, a few days isn’t long to wait. Good luck.


If you wish to experiment using Wayland, this will install and enable the Wayland session in SDDM for KDE Plasma:

sudo pacman -S plasma-wayland-session

… followed by a reboot.

Then the Wayland session will be selectable from the bottom/left dropdown as previously suggested. You’re using an amdgpu, so I don’t foresee any great difficulties with that configuration. You can switch back to using X11 at amy time using the same dropdown.

@medmedin seems to be using Wayland. Look at the screenshot for comparison with your X11 counterpart. Wayland had more options; perhaps more fine grained than X11.

Ich hoffe, das erweist sich als hilfreich.

Mouse will move from a monitor to another at the same vertical position (see red arrow), you should change scaling of one monitor to get the same height

When I’m trying to move it slowly it snaps to the top, if I move the cursor slowly to the bottom, its moving at least 83px.


Thats why I want to edit a config file manually, to set the position of the second monitor to 2560, 40.

Scroll up to find additional information regarding Wayland.

However, a more versatile stand would seem to be the better solution:

And it seems that you agree.

So, there’s really not much more I can add. Cheers.