HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel
When I first came to Ubuntu from windows, I was used to having my panel autohide: in gnome, it just felt clunky. I stumbled across this fix, but I doubt most new users would, so I made a howto. I figured it was something that Windows converts (or anyone for that matter) might want to work smoother.
1. Go to Applications> System Tools> Configuration Editor
Note: I think this menu item was removed in dapper. You can either use alacarte menu editor to put it back or it can be opened simply with the command gconf-editor in a terminal
2. In the configuration editor, go to apps/panel/top level
3. In this folder there will be a few folders called something like panel_0, panel_1, top_panel_screen0 or similar. These folders are the options for your respective panels. Find the ones with autohide checked: these are your panels that you have set to autohide (obviously).
4. Right click and "Edit Key..." on each of the fields listed below and set these values:
Name = Value
auto_hide_size = 0
hide_delay = 300
unhide_delay = 0
That's it! You can of course change these values to whatever you prefer.
auto_hide_size is how much of the panel you want to show when it is hidden
hide_delay is how long until the panel hides itself after your cursor leaves the panel
unhide_delay is how long until the panel unhides when you put your cursor over it.
Last edited by jms830; June 21st, 2006 at 03:32 PM.
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