Ubuntu :: Adding Indicators To Unity's Top/Application Panel?
May 1, 2011
I like Unity, and I appreciate Canonical's work in making the desktop cleaner-looking and more intuitive.I think that being able to customize the top/application(?) panel would be very powerful. By this, I mean both adding and removing indicators.I guess the developers are aware of this, and it's easier said than done. I don't know.Personally, I miss the weather and CPU temperature applets of the old Gnome layout.I tried to apply the best guide I've found to modifying the top panel, to no avail.
After I followed the instructions for the addition of three different indicators (weather, cpu frequency and CPU and RAM % usage), my top panel remained the same.I don't know whether the indicators should show up right away or only upon restart. I did restart, though.For both the weather and CPU frequency indicators, the terminal said:Failed to fetch gzip:/var/lib/apt/lists/partial/fr.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_sour ce_Sources Hash Sum mismatchI don't know how to get around this
I use to be able to add applets to the top panel in gnome in previous versions of Ubuntu (<11.04). I understand the Unity environment, which I generally like, has changed how one adds things to the top panel. Now we have indicators? Is there a good description of the functionality of these indicators: how to add/remove indicators, where one can find new indicators, etc. I ask because I have been having trouble adding indicators. I tried to add the system monitor indicator. I initially added it by installing it with apt-get. But every time I reboot it has disappeared and I have to run it again from the menu. I can't figure out how to make it permanent.
I'm currently using Unity 0.2.46 on Ubuntu 10.10. Installed from a ppa. The only way I have found to add an application launcher to the panel is to actually launch the app, then right click it's icon on the panel and click "Keep in Launcher". This is great but I've noticed at least one of my applications (Mumble) doesn't give me that option. Is there an alternative method? (see screenshot for example)
I use 4 languages on my Gnome Desktop, that's the max that they allow! I also use flags as language indicators on my gnome-panel. The problem is that, I am using two Indian languages and the flags for these two is the same.. (The Indian one!) I would like to use custom flags for these two languages.. I know that I have to place them in /usr/share/pixmaps/ ..... But, how do I ensure that these two languages target two different files? Presently both the languages are using the in.png file...
Regarding the gnome-panel in Ubuntu (64 bit).... I discovered some time ago that I wasn't the only one who routinely (every login) had their gnome-panel appear butchered, for which Alt-F2 then 'killall gnome-panel' would easily fix.
Having become impatient with this over the past 8 months, I decided I would automate the process and so cofiguring the startup applications seemed like a perfectly logical choice to me. Turns out I was wrong. After adding 'killall gnome-panel' to the startup applications not only does the panel fail to load altogether now, but Alt-F2 doesn't even work.
I tried Ctl-Alt-F1 and working with the graphics-free mode thinking I could somehow navigate to the startup apps config file and edit it, but I don't know where it is or how to edit it without logging in as root and I certainly don't know of any 'root password'.
In Ubuntu 10.10 one was able to add widgets, such as the full date (not just the time) to the top bar in Gnome. Can you do this in Unity? I like being able to quickly look at the bar and see the date (I'm forgetful) but all that is there is the time. I do miss not having the applications bar where you can look and see just what applications are running and quickly cycle between them. Right now I need to mouse over the dock (and sometimes do a little mouse dance) to open it and then scroll down it to access something that is open and happens to be at the bottom of the list. I felt that having the bar exposed was more efficient, although maybe not as elegant looking.
After launching an application, if I choose to "Keep in Launcher", it appears to work fine; however, on the next boot, its gone. Also, dragging an icon appears to work, but it too disappears on the launcher after the next boot/login.
After I delete those screen-short software, my unity bar goes hide and never come, please help here is the picture which i delete. Now using classic desktop but i want to use unity but it comes only the full wallpaper and no bar comes. If i right click the mouse it works but where i can show the bar?
I just updated to 11.04 today after deciding I couldn't just read about Unity anymore and wanted to experience it for myself. I'll save my thoughts for the Experiences forum; suffice to say that so far I think that it's organized and, for the most part, intuitive.
That said, I am having a problem finding an application that I know is installed. I use Crossover Games to run Steam, and though Steam is running just fine (just played a quick game of TF2 to make sure) I cannot for the life of me find Crossover. In 10.10, it was under Applications > Games. In Unity, it will not show up no matter how I search for it (Steam, however, does with no issues). I have searched for Crossover, codeweaver, cross, code, games, etc, to no avail.
Any tips or comments on how I may find this application? It shows up in my Installed Software in Software Center even!
Since my video card cannot run Unity (3D), I jumped at the opportunity for Unity Qt but just recently when I logged in the top bar did not appear at all! How do I get it back? # gnome-panel pulls up the Gnome one but not the Unity one.
I changed the Panel and Window Manager.I'm using Unity 2d and I forgot what the default values are.I did it using Ubuntu Tweak but you can also do it with gconf-editor or throught the terminal, of course.Using Ubuntu Tweak under Startup > Session Control what are the default values for Panel and Window Manger?
I'm using Natty and I'm thoroughly enjoying Unity, but I've noticed that when I close Banshee, so that it is still playing music in the background, I can't drag any other window out of maximization state. btw, I don't know if "dragging out of maximization" sounds ambiguous, I mean to say that I drag the top panel and the window stops being maximized (yes, i just tried to bastardize a bastardization).
I am running xubuntu 10.04 and I would like to add some space so that some of my icons appear on the right hand side and some on the left. I would also like to center the clock in the middle of the panel. How can I do this?
A warning for those who adding a new panel at desktop.10.10 just crash when adding new panel at the bottom after restart.I dont know why but it just wouldn't boot into the desktop , only able to see the wallpaper.backup the current panel before proceed a restart.
Eg. use "gconftool --dump /apps/panel > backup.xml" to save your settings and to restore using "gconftool --load backup.xml".
Back in the good old days of Gnome it was easy to know what commands were executed when an icon was clicked. By editing the application menus one could navigate the tree and check it at each application properties window. The question is: how can that be made with Unity?
Knowing the commands executed for LibreOffice applications, for instance, would be very useful, so I can create shortcuts with XBindKeys. Another thing that one could configure at the application properties window was the icon.
After playing around with Ubuntu Tweaks to remove the "Recent Documents" logging, I somehow ended up losing the icons for "Applications" and "Files & Folders".
I tried lots of different things but the only thing that seemed to sort it was this:
Log out. Log in under Ubuntu Classic (for some reason dropping back to tty with Ctr, Alt and F2 didn't do it). Bring up the terminal and do code...
Log back into Ubuntu (not classic) and hopefully, you should end up with all icons back as they were.
This worked for me but I can't remember if I'd gotten rid of the ".recent-documents.xbel" file in my home folder first, so if all else fails you could try that before you start removing and re-installing Unity.
Dont know the commands for the time & date and the on/off button, so I cant create launchers for the desktop to transfer to unity? how to delete the top panel in 11.04 ? I m trying to get everything down one side and delete all the panels as I had awn or cairo menu in 10.10. Also I cant move some launchers in unity-tomboy note will move but it always goes back to where it was and bin and workspace switcher wont move at all.
While I think Unity has its many ups and downs, I found it usable enough to choose it as my default desktop, after some customization. Somewhere in tweaking the desktop with ccsm - or elsewhere - I did something boneheaded. Now when a new window opens at the top of the screen, its title bar is hidden under the Unity panel. I could just wipe everything out and start over, but I kinda like the way things work on my desktop - with this exception. Where I might look to figure out what is letting windows be placed all the way up under the panel.
I did try creating a new account and looking at ccsm config export and comparing it to mine, but did not see anything useful. The only thing I changed with respect to window placement/handling, AFAIK, is disabling maximization at the top of the screen (in 'Grid' module); restoring that did not help. The problem turns out to be caused by using a window type 'panel' in my conky config. Changing the window type to 'desktop' cured the problem. Did not dive any deeper to analyse exactly what conky 'panel' windows do to interfere with Compiz/Unity.
I don't know where I did wrong, but it seems , now, I don't have the panel, I dont have the top panel, I can't access using the shortcut key, and I don't know what to do now. I tried to remove everything that are related to unity. and install it back , but with no avail. No I log into my ubuntu with ubuntu classic.
here is the screenshot if I log into Ubuntu session When I want to log out from the session I need to Ctrl+Alt+Backspace
Just wondering, is there any possible way to manually force the colour change of the panel in ubuntu 11.04. I'm using this theme, /show.p...62&forumpage=5, but by default the panel is white without any gradient (v ugly). Does anyone know a way to edit a file to make it use the same panel as Ambience....or any other dark panel.
I was wondering if there was any way that I could add a launcher for an application that has to be launched from a specific directory. Not particularly a Desktop launcher, but perhaps under the Applications/Games tab in Gnome at the top. I want to be able to drag that launcher down to my AWN dock.