Moving panel in Cinnamon

All Gurus once were Newbies
Forum rules
There are no such things as "stupid" questions. However if you think your question is a bit stupid, then this is the right place for you to post it. Please stick to easy to-the-point questions that you feel people can answer fast. For long and complicated questions prefer the other forums within the support section.
Before you post please read how to get help
mmutoo
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:30 pm

Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby mmutoo » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:29 pm

Hi all,
I am a newcomer to the Linux world, and I followed the path of all beginners using Ubuntu. However, since I became familiar with Linux Mint, I switched to it and never went back to Ubuntu. I have a question regarding desktop environments though. I was wondering why Cinnamon does not offer a moving panel, and is it really that hard to make the panel movable after doing such a huge task like designing a new DE?

Thanks guys.

User avatar
dwasifar
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 343
Joined: Mon May 09, 2011 10:03 pm

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby dwasifar » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:08 pm

You can move the panel. It's in Panel Properties. But you have to restart Cinnamon for the change to take effect.

abnvolk
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 491
Joined: Thu May 10, 2012 11:05 am

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby abnvolk » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:26 pm

Actually Cinnamon is not a desktop environment written from scratch - it is based on GNOME Shell's code. In GNOME Shell the panel is stuck at top and you can't move anything on it without extensions. So, Cinnamon right now only have 3 panel layouts under Cinnamon Settings - Panel.
Looking at the GitHub page of the project (https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon) you can see a pull request about flexible panel layouts. So, maybe in the next version of Cinnamon the panels are more flexible. :)

mmutoo
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:30 pm

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby mmutoo » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:07 pm

@ dwasifar: Can I make the panel vertical? Actually that is what I want :)

@abnvolk: Thanks for clarification. Can you name the extensions for moving the panel in Gnome Shell or Gnome 3? Especially for vertical panel.

abnvolk
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 491
Joined: Thu May 10, 2012 11:05 am

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby abnvolk » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:57 pm

I don't know :) I meant moving applets on the panel, I've never seen a panel-moving extension. ;)

User avatar
dwasifar
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 343
Joined: Mon May 09, 2011 10:03 pm

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby dwasifar » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:30 pm

mmutoo wrote:@ dwasifar: Can I make the panel vertical? Actually that is what I want :)


No, I think the options are only top or bottom in Cinnamon. Gnome-panel has always looked crappy when vertical, though, so you're not missing much. I recommend installing Docky or some similar dock and moving that to a vertical side instead. It'll look much better and be more functional.

User avatar
bimsebasse
Level 7
Level 7
Posts: 1702
Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:21 am
Location: Scandinavia

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby bimsebasse » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:33 am

Yes, for vertical panels you're better of with a dock (Docky, Cairo etc.) A flat 25px panel with text labels would look odd vertical.
Thank you for this thread. That’s all I can say. You most definitely have made this forum into something special. You clearly know what you are doing, you’ve covered so many bases. Thanks!

mmutoo
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:30 pm

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby mmutoo » Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:11 pm

Ok! I do not seem to have any other choice! Either i go back to xfce or install a dock :) Thanks a lot guys.

oric
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:17 am

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby oric » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:18 am

I didn't had the choice neither... Hopefully it was one of the first thing I tried to do. Now I just installed Mate which works fine with panel on side (and no problem of vertical text, there are only icons) and the few vertical pixels I have on that stupid 16:9 screen are safe.

CH1291
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 8
Joined: Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:38 pm
Location: Switzerland

Re: Moving panel in Cinnamon

Postby CH1291 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:06 pm

XFCE 4.10 (in Mint 16) does a very nice vertical panel, choose "Deskbar" mode in the panel options, and it's very configurable too - like a dock and panel in one. Though on the whole I do prefer Cinnamon (v2.0)
Anyway, if not done already, perhaps go over to http://community.linuxmint.com/idea/view/2748 and vote. Maybe it will happen... just need some momentum!


Return to “Newbie Questions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests