View Full Version : [ubuntu] Desktop Layout Question

January 9th, 2010, 02:58 AM
I contemplated posting this in the "new user" section, because it's kind of a noob question, but I figured it's pointed enough to go here. If I need to post it there, just let me know.

So, I just upgraded my girlfriends new netbook from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 9.10. She didn't have any problems learning to use it. She's not a fan of the desktop layout though. I tried searching for new themes, but those just seem to change colors, icons, the background, etc. I know what I'm looking for, so I think my problem may just be semantics. I'm not sure exactly what to search for. I read the desktop effects sticky, but that didn't really answer my question. She basically wants it a little more minimalistic and smaller. A little more Windows-ish, I guess, with a toolbar at the bottom, and the ability to put icons on the desktop. That's as "Windows" as she wants it though.

I'm sure there's something out there like that. I just am having a hard time finding it. Can somebody please point me in the right direction?


January 9th, 2010, 03:11 AM
what you can do is customise the pannels, u can remove the bottom panel and move the top panel to the bottom. You would probely need to add "Window List" to the top panel if u do that. As far as the shortcuts on the desktop u can right click on the application and select "Add this launcher to Desktop".

January 9th, 2010, 03:29 AM
I don't really have a top or bottom panel. I have a list on the left side that has Favorites through System on it, and then a window on the right with the corresponding icons. Oh, she also has the netbook remix installed. I guess I should have mentioned that in the first place. :\

January 9th, 2010, 05:08 AM
lol ya, umm i havent used the netbook remix, so i can't really help you from here.

January 13th, 2010, 11:17 PM
Well thanks anyway. I still haven't found a solution. Does anybody know if there's an option anywhere to change the netbook remix settings? I've got the bottom panel configured with the buttons we want; we're just trying to get rid of the two panels that cover the desktop.

January 13th, 2010, 11:25 PM
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/9862/screenshotcme.th.png (http://img29.imageshack.us/i/screenshotcme.png/)

Here's what I'm talking about. Just trying to get rid of these panels so she can see the picture of the cats. ;)

January 20th, 2010, 10:31 PM
I've read in a lot of forums that I should be able to switch between UNR and regular Ubuntu in the Interface tab under Appearance. Well, this is what my Interface tab looks like:

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/1220/screenshot1x.th.png (http://img638.imageshack.us/i/screenshot1x.png/)

Am I doing something wrong???