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    Lost Alt-F2 functionality and I think I know why!

    Just removed gnome panel by renaming it and replaced it with AWN. Suddenly noticed Alt-F2 had stopped working. So ran gnome-panel-old from a terminal, lo and behold Alt-F2 works again.

    Also right clicking on the desktop no longer works, no big deal.

    Have replaced with Gnome-do, but was wondering if there was anything a bit sleeker?

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    Re: Lost Alt-F2 functionality and I think I know why!

    As you might have guessed by now, the Alt-F2 dialog is part of the Gnome panel.

    But lucky for you, there are several simple dialogs available that do the very same thing. All you need to do is install the one you like the most and then set the Alt-F2 to launch it through keyboard shortcut options.

    Check out gmrun, Alawalk, Bashrun and Lauf.

    (I previously used gmrun on my Openbox setup, but recently moved to Lauf. Alawalk seems great as well.)

    edit: right-click on the desktop would be related to Nautilus, as it's the program that's responsible of the desktop icons & menu on Gnome. I can't really say why it would stop working, though, but if you haven't replaces nautilus with another program then you should probably check if the desktop icons and rest of the stuff is at least working correctly..
    Last edited by mcduck; September 6th, 2010 at 06:41 PM.

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    Wink Re: Lost Alt-F2 functionality and I think I know why!

    How did you manage that, I have the same setup, no panels and AWN dock but I can right click, admittedly I can't ALT & F2 though.

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    Re: Lost Alt-F2 functionality and I think I know why!

    Don't know when the right click disappeared, not important though.

    Lauf looks good, such a simple idea and as it is a shell script I can change it to my tastes, don't like Gnome-Do at all, not very intuitive to use.

    Greetings from a Posh-Scouse - originally from Chester

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    Re: Lost Alt-F2 functionality and I think I know why!

    Right click is disabled if the desktop icons are hidden, which I did via Ubuntu-Tweak - oops.

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