| Adding To The Panels In Gnome.
Posted: 2 Feb 2005
In other operating systems, adding things to the desktop panels is usually a
simple matter of dragging them from the menus and dropping them on the panels.
Does Linux have this ability?
and it works rather
If the icon appears in the drop-down main-menus, then it can easily
be dragged to the panels and attached.
you let go of the mouse button, you'll see the new icon appear in the place you
dragged it, as in the image below.
what if the item doesn't exist in the menus? What if it's some obscure program
that the menus don't like, like KSnapShot? Are we out of
We're still good. Even though it's not as easy as
dragging and dropping, it's not much harder.
Simply right-click anywhere
on a blank portion of the main-panel and follow the items Add to Panel
you click on Launcher, a new window will open that looks like the image
you need to locate the file the system uses to run the program. With a program
called "which" this is made easy.
Open a terminal and type in the
following: (replace "ksnapshot" with the program you're trying to
linux:/ # which ksnapshot
As you can see, the
output of mine is "/opt/kde3/bin/ksnapshot", so in the appropriate space, that's
what I would enter to the launcher.
that, it's always nice to have the correct icon displayed, so click on the "No
it'll bring up a browser window to help you look for the icon. Most likely,
you'll find the appropriate icon in that window. If not, press the Browse
button to search even further.
Most of the icons are found in the
opt/gnome/share/icons or opt/kde3/share/icons directories. After about a minute
of searching, I found mine. It was named "ksnapshot.png", as is displayed
that, click "Open" to select the icon, then "Ok" on the Browse Icons window, and
you'll be presented with your new icon in the appropriate box.
that, just click "Ok" and the new icon will appear on your panel.
you've done everything correctly, when you click on the icon, the program will