Evidently the panel I now have is not working in the same way that the original one did.
As you can see from the timings of my posts in the other thread, during the 4.5hrs before seppalta replied, I had already been exploring ways to get back to the original panel....I had delved into all the folders in ".etc" which I felt might have some connection to the panel buttons, and eventually got back to what I thought was "almost" the same panel....except that the "iconify windows" button is not in the Mint colours, and the "Filing cabinet" icon, though it looks the same as before, now opens a menu showing each folder seperately each with the option to open in GUI or Terminal.....before, it just opened my personal folder with icons for each of the sub folders.
Evidently these were not the only differences!
However, by the time seppalta posted, I had discovered how to create items and how to move them around the panel.
His next suggestion was to enter "sudo apt-get install lxpanel" into a terminal, but I was not willing to certainly lose the panel that I had sweated blood to create, with the slim chance that I just might get something equal or better.....with my luck it was likely to be worse, much worse!
Any way, onward and upward, thanks for sticking with me!
Here's the Package manager screen shot evidencing that the printer drivers are installed:-
Oops! sorry it's in Cinema-scope!
Maybe the printer search will be smaller!