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    Openbox tips & tricks

    Can some of the Openbox users share their openbox tips and tricks?

    Openbox is my first WM which does not come standard with a panel. I was wondering if Openbox users install third party panels or make do without it.

    Also tips about how to configure your Openbox or the tricks that you learnt along the way would be great.

    I currently run Openbox on Arch and am liking it a lot so far.
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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    I use fbpanel on openbox which is a really good panel that not only shows debian software already installed but lets you place plugins in the panel itself and uses very little memory...

    Also I have installed obconf and obmenu to configure openbox and it's menu

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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    Suggest you search out the Openbox Random Chat thread on the forum and have a good read
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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    I don't use any panel with Openbox. Its alt-tab dialog is good for switching between windows or seeing what you have running. The client-combined-menu is also useful for this, as are applications like skippy.

    It takes a short while to get used to this, but when you give it some time you'll see the benefits of working this way. Or at least, I did.
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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    If I am not using a panel, how would I switch to an app which is in the system tray. pidgin or skype for example?
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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by Inxsible View Post
    If I am not using a panel, how would I switch to an app which is in the system tray. pidgin or skype for example?
    You can use docker or trayer to just show the tray icons. I use pypanel and it has an icon tray. I also configured the panel so that it leaves a 50-pixel space on the top left, this way I can right-click on that space
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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    Alt+Tab switches between applications, but if you middle-click your mouse (if you have a middle button that is), a list appears of open applications too...

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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    If you want a panel : lxpanel - which also is part of the LXDE DE. Check it out!

    On openbox: http://urukrama.wordpress.com/openbox-guide/

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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by Inxsible View Post
    If I am not using a panel, how would I switch to an app which is in the system tray. pidgin or skype for example?
    I use docker, which is a simple system tray that loads in the dock. I also load lal, a simple clock into the dock, as well as bbpager, a simple pager.

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    Re: Openbox tips & tricks

    Quote Originally Posted by atomkarinca View Post
    You can use docker or trayer to just show the tray icons. I use pypanel and it has an icon tray. I also configured the panel so that it leaves a 50-pixel space on the top left, this way I can right-click on that space
    Thanks I will have a look at docker and trayer

    Quote Originally Posted by TenPlus1 View Post
    Alt+Tab switches between applications, but if you middle-click your mouse (if you have a middle button that is), a list appears of open applications too...
    I know about the middle button, but it doesn't show the apps in the tray. At least not for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by firmit View Post
    If you want a panel : lxpanel - which also is part of the LXDE DE. Check it out!

    On openbox: http://urukrama.wordpress.com/openbox-guide/
    I was planning on not using a panel

    Quote Originally Posted by urukrama View Post
    I use docker, which is a simple system tray that loads in the dock. I also load lal, a simple clock into the dock, as well as bbpager, a simple pager.
    I need the docker only for the system tray. I have my clock in conky itself and as for paging, i have my keyboard shortcuts to go to different desktops. Openbox 3 also has a small graphic that comes up when you try to switch desktops.
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