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    Moving dashboard to the left

    Hi everybody,

    I just moved from Windows 7 to Xubuntu.
    Originally, dashboard is on top.
    I have moved it to the left, but I have not managed to change the font orientation.
    I had a good look around, but no one seems to have raised this point before.

    How can I get the font to be horizontally aligned, as Windows does ?Xubuntu dashboard.jpg


    Thanks in advance

    Guillaume

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    Quote Originally Posted by guillaume5 View Post
    ..
    I just moved from Windows 7 ... as Windows does ?
    Could you please, if possible, also post an image of how Windows 7 does a vertical panel?

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    Could you please, if possible, also post an image of how Windows 7 does a vertical panel?
    d

    I wish I could ! I no longer use Windows 7, and considering your answer it looks like I am wrong !
    Sorry about that, and please consider the following question:

    " On dashboard, how can I get the font to be horizontally aligned ? "

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    I don't think you can rotate the fonts. The closest I could find was this:
    Screenshot - 020214 - 13:23:22.jpg

    ...and considering your answer it looks like I am wrong !
    Not necessarily. Your error may be in assuming that people here know what win7 looks like.
    Last edited by The Cog; February 2nd, 2014 at 02:36 PM.

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    ... Not necessarily. Your error may be in assuming that people here know what win7 looks like.
    Exactly, I'm curious to know how a longish line of text (say date and time) would be accommodated.

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    Exactly, I'm curious to know how a longish line of text (say date and time) would be accommodated.
    As far as I remember, time and dates switch on two or thre different lines. Days' names are shortened as well.
    For instance, 14:47 Sunday February 2nd would turn into:
    14:47
    Sund.
    Feb. 2nd

    I am not sure for application icons.

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    @The Cog, do you think it's possible to wrap at least time and date by using \n to introduce line breaks?

    So,
    %a %d %b %I:%M = Mon 08 Oct 11:05 with \n would be
    %a %d %b\n%I:%M

    I'm not on Xfce now and so can't test it.

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    Depending on the version of Xfce you are using, the Panel may have a "Deskbar" mode (see Panel Properties). This mode will rotate the text. You can also use %n as a newline indicator to break up the line. So this custom format:
    Code:
    %R%n%a%n%b %d
    ...in Deskbar mode looks like this:
    de.png

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    Quote Originally Posted by Toz View Post
    Depending on the version of Xfce you are using, the Panel may have a "Deskbar" mode (see Panel Properties). This mode will rotate the text. You can also use %n as a newline indicator to break up the line. So this custom format:
    Code:
    %R%n%a%n%b %d
    ...in Deskbar mode looks like this:
    ...
    So does %R do some sort of magic to allow line breaks or something else?

    Oops. Should have looked at man date first. It's explained there.
    Last edited by vasa1; February 2nd, 2014 at 04:38 PM.

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    Re: Moving dashboard to the left

    Great ! This is just what I needed, many thanks to you three.
    Using the deskbar mode (instead of the vertical one) made the font the right way around.
    Using the code you gave me set up time and date nicely.
    This is what I first got:
    V1.jpg

    I had to keep a very large panel ("what I first called "dashboard") in order to accomodate for my name.
    When rightclicking onto my name, I was offer an "icon" mode which was much better. Here is what I got:

    V2.png

    Thanks again.

    Guillaume

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