Posts Tagged ‘gnome’

How To | Gnome Panel As A “Wingpanel”

Liking that new fangled Wingpanel we’re all hearing about? Want one of your own? Turn your Gnome Panel in to one!

The trick is to get a floating Gnome panel (the rest is pretty much obvious). Read on!

Step 1. Remove all the panel applets that you don’t want to use – like the menu.

Step 2. Right click the panel, select “Propreties” and on the “General” tab, uncheck the expand option and enable autohide. Now simply drag the panel to the right side of the screen.

Step 3. Now let’s simulate a “floating effect” for the Gnome panel (that means the panel will always be visible but it covers the applications as opposed to when the panel is always visible – when the windows cannot go underneath the panel):

Press ALT + F2 and enter “gconf-editor”, navigate to apps > panel > toplevels and click “panel_0” or “panel_1” (it depends on the panel you want to apply this for). Then, modify the “hide_delay” key value to “2147483647” which is the maximum supported value. This is the panel hide delay which is now set to “2147483647” so the panel will take around 600 hours to hide (so it’s not really going to hide), thus becoming a “floating panel”.

Tip thanks to Justin | via Justin Stories.

Copy/Paste Like An Elephant

Being the avid Ubuntu users you all are, I’m sure you have also noticed one of those glaring bugs (yes, I consider this a bug) that has yet to be completely closed. It has to do with copy/paste. Yes, I know that copy/pasting things works…for the most part. There is that one lingering issue still, and feel free to try it out. Insert short-term memory loss…

Open a text file, copy something, close that window before pasting, open gedit, paste… Did anything happen? Probably not. The reason for this is because when the originating window is closed the clipboard forgets what was copied, thus not allowing a paste. There are programs that can fix this, but I think I may have discovered my favorite. Pastie.

Pastie is a clipboard manager with the memory of an elephant. It resides in your Indicator Applet and allows the ability to remember items that were copied historically. This is nice because you can re-paste items that were copied hours or even days ago. This is great if you’re like me and frequently forget terminal commands. 😉

Other new features Pastie 0.5.2 (stable) since the last stable version:

  • it’s very easy to use a custom icon for Pastie: simply place the icon you want Pastie to use in the ~/.pastie/ folder (folder does not already exist). The icon must be renamed to “pastie.svg” (“svg” can be any other kind of usable type of image). You can find an Elementary icon here, and mono icons here.
  • you can launch the Pastie preferences dialog using a keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + P.

It’s a great little program. Here’s how to get it:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hel-sheep/pastie && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install pastie

If you want to remove the PPA and downgrade, re-enable the PPA in System > Administration > Software Sources
sudo apt-get update
wget && sudo dpkg -i ppa-purge*.deb
sudo ppa-purge ppa:hel-sheep/pastie

And everything will be back as it was.

Gnome DO | Docky

Since almost day one of my Linux experience, I’ve loved the idea of having a Mac-like dock at the bottom of my screen. I’ve never really been fond of the Windows-like panel that comes by default. The first dock that I used was Avant Window Navigator and I was very happy with it, and I still think that it’s an awesome dock. However, I decided that it was time for a change.

Enter Docky.

Docky is a dock that is actually a theme used by Gnome DO. In my personal opinion, it looks and feels more like the Mac dock than AWN does. It’s been a great dock to use lately, however there are couple of cons:

  • Difficult to change program icons.
  • Does not allow for custom launchers (if it does, please enlighten me.)

I have finally learned how to edit the icons that appear for programs in Docky.

Disclaimer: This requires opening Nautilus as root. Please be very careful that you do not hurt your computer while doing this. If you follow the steps here, your computer will be fine.

Open a terminal and type in this:

gksudo nautilus

This will open Nautilus as root. Please navigate to:


Now locate the program that you would like to change the icon of. Right click on it and open it’s properties. Change the icon. Close Docky completely and open it again. You should now see your preferred icon.

EDIT: Since writing this post I’m no longer using Gnome DO | Docky. I was feeling a bit limited by it and wanted something with more functionality. That’s when I discovered Docky! No, you’re not reading this wrong and I didn’t mistype. I’m using Docky.

The creator of Docky split from the Gnome Do project to do their own thing. In the process of this, the functionality of Docky has grown tremendously! If you look at my March screenshot, you will see that I have two docks. One at the bottom that houses all m programs. One of the left that houses all my Nautilus locations and mounted drives.

Check it out, you’ll love it.