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04:50 PM ET (US)
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another top/bottom user
01:28 AM ET (US)
I also have two monitors displayed in top/bottom fashion. The top one is a Safeway register screen! I use this for all of my desktop extras, such as iTunes, Alarm Clock, email, and lots of other apps.

I also have lots of problems getting said apps up to the top of the screen, for instance, confabulator, which has tons of cool looking features, but none of them will go up top!

One fix I have found is this: Go in and rearrange my preferences so the monitors are arranged side to side. Drag any stubborn apps to the 'top' screen, and change the arrangement back. Works about 90% of the time, just don't try to move it back down or you will have to do the whole thing over again.
strollsPerson was signed in when posted
05:40 PM ET (US)
I use a similar arrangement: two 20" monitors side-by-side at a total of 3200 x 1200. Of course I have the dock at the top: I think it's rather a shame that Apple haven't fixed this properly yet - I gather that options to have the dock at the top, or towards the corners of the screen, were available in the System Preferences of the original OS X beta, but they were removed for OS X's release.

You can see my configuration at http://mac.stroller.uk.eu.org
Chapter 3 of "Mac OS X Hints" is available for free download from O'Reilly's website, and explains how to achieve this setup.

Back to the original question: I don't seem to have clock.app included in this build of Panthar (7b49), so I can't look at your example! But I can confirm that top-dock handling is somewhat improved in Panthar. I see now that this doesn't in fact answer your question, because you're talking about the MENU bar, not the dock. I absolutely detest Apple's handling of the menu bar - I think each window should have it's own, like in every other o/s. So sorry I can't help you, but I hope someone has enjoyed my ramblings.

pbxPerson was signed in when posted
02:12 PM ET (US)
I agree that the simple MacOS menubar is not really well suited to multiple displays.

My new theory about my troubles is that I am the only person in the world who has ever used this monitor configuration and that I have created a small warp in the space-time continuum in which some windows become trapped.
06:14 PM ET (US)
I'd also add one which annoys me tremendously:

When running in with two monitors side by side, the second monitor has no menu bar. Whilst I can understand the concept of the primary window, it is very inefficient to have to go from the secondary monitor all the way to the primary monitor to select a menu. This is an area where Windows' menu in the window has a distinct advantage.

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