<Solved> How to lock system tray in place

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morelia1976
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<Solved> How to lock system tray in place

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Sorry, I am completely new to Linux, having decided I don't want to convert to Windows 10.
I was following a How-to on helping Mint XFCE 19.3 look like XP when I somehow unlocked my system tray. It now moves to the left of the panel depending on how many apps I have open; multiple internet searches have not given any answers.
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You can see the difference in these screenshots. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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Re: How to lock system tray in place

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Hi morelia1976, and welcome to the forum.

Right click on the bar in front of the bell icon and choose Properties. Now click on the check box for Expand and I think that'll fix you.

It's up to, you can also make that bar invisible by selecting Transparent for the Style.

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Re: How to lock system tray in place

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Yo. I started using Mint couple of days ago for the very same reason (rather than switching to Win 10). I use Cinnamon, but tried xfce for a couple of hours so happy to help since I ran into the same issue.

Right click to the left of the systray in the small empty area between it and the launchers. You'll know you've hit the right spot if it says "Separator" on top. Then click properties and tick "Expand".

EDIT: Looks like MrEen beat me to the answer.

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Re: How to lock system tray in place

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Thank you both for your quick replies, that has fixed the problem, though the separator now sits in the panel bar. I can live with it for now. I'm considering trying out Zorin OS as well, still trying to work out what exactly are the differences in the Linux distros.

Again, thanks for the speedy help!

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Re: <Solved> How to lock system tray in place

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as you are very new to Linux,
I think that if you will try out the Cinnamon desktop, you will be much happier.

it is the Linux "look alike" to WinXP only improved a bunch.

I am using 19.3 Cinnamon and the image below will show how much you can change the look of the "Panel" as it is called in Linux.... we used to call it the "Task Bar"

going from Left to Right, are: LinuxMenu, PCManFM ( a file manager ), Ted ( text editor ),
Terminal, Timeshift, System Settings, Screenshot, GIMP, Firefox.
The things on the right side of the page are, from L to R:
FF tab open, AnyDesk, Bluetooth, Nividia, Printers, WiFi, Sound, battery, and time of course..

Click on that image and it goes full screen.


Image
Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon

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Re: <Solved> How to lock system tray in place

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Thanks for the recommendation; I can't remember why I went with XFCE, but I want to play around with a few different distros/desktops on my laptop before I install one on my PC, which will be used mainly for grad school and occasional gaming. Any recommendations are appreciated.

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