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    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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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    Useful - I was wondering how to do that after booting into Windows.

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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    That little piece of the panel that was always visible was starting to annoy me. Great tip!

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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    sweet! This was one of the things that I always hated about GNOME. You Rock!

    This is one of those "doh!" moments for me.
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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    Thanks, that is exactly what I was looking for. By default I found that with autohide on it looked...dirty, I could still see the bottom of the icons on my top panel when it was autohidden. I use your settings now but prefer having the hide_delay as 0, makes it faster and look smoother.

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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    Glad you like the tip, I'm happy to contribute to the community. It is interesting to me that the default settings aren't closer to this. I don't think many like the autohide to feel so clunky.
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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    epic! you're a champ!
    ARG! TOO MUCH PRESSURE!

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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    Thanks mate, this has bugged me ever since I started using Gnome!

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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    Thanks jms830...my laptop's screen is the smallest there is and any additional screen space is most welcome!Any way to achieve this at the bottom of the screen?
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    Re: HOWTO: Better Autohide Gnome Panel

    Quote Originally Posted by xyz
    Thanks jms830...my laptop's screen is the smallest there is and any additional screen space is most welcome!Any way to achieve this at the bottom of the screen?
    same as with the top, but change bottom_panel_screen0 (or equivalent)

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