Home Forums Wiki Doc Install Extras Screenshots Source Code Projects Blog Users Groups Register
Glx-Dock / Cairo-Dock Wiki Remove the last Gnome Panel
The latest stable release is the *3.4.0* : How to install it here.
Note: We just switched from BZR to Git on Github! (only to host the code and your future pull requests)
History View code

Glx-Dock / Cairo-Dock




en English

ru Russian

fr Français

Support Us

Flattr this


Remove the last Gnome Panel

This tutorial has been written for Gnome 2.x, by Nochka85 based on a post from Benoit2600 : http://www.glx-dock.org/bg_topic.php?t=985&pos=0



I am not sure sure if you noticed but nowadays Cairo-Dock can do just about anything (several main docks, panel view, all kind of applets, etc...) so you no longer need the Gnome bars !!
Only problem is: Gnome for some reason won't let you get rid of the last tool bar. Why? I am not sure...
So after tuning main dock to your liking in order to replace the Gnome panel, we often end up with something like that:

2 solutions available:
      1. Do not launch the Gnome-panel at startup : that's the most efficient way to do. Note that you will loose the shortcuts ALT+F1 (applications menu) and ALT+F2 (quick launch). Fortunately the GMenu applet can replace these two conveniently (by default it's CTRL+F1 and CTRL+F2).
      2. Hide the last Gnome-panel in order to keep the shortcuts.

METHOD 1 : Do not launch the Gnome-panel at startup

This is very easy to achieve :
- Type ALT+F2 (Enjoy this is probably the last time you see it )
- Type : gconf-editor
- Go to the key "/desktop/gnome/session" and edit the key "required_components_list" :

- Remove "panel" from the list:

- Logout from your session and login again and that's it: No more gnome panel !

METHOD 2 : Hide the last Gnome-panel

- Make sure you only have one panel ( Right click the bottom panel and select Delete this panel)
- Edit the last panel's properties (Right Click + 'Properties')
- In the tab 'General', reduce the size to its minimum (the value will depend on your resolution)
- Tick the option 'AutoHide' :

- In the tab 'Background', select 'Solid Color' and set the cursor to 'Transparent':

At this stage you should have something like that:

If you are, like me, using Compiz you will have to get rid of the shadow under the panel:
- Launch the Compiz Configuration Manager (ALT+F2 and type ccsm) ... If it is not installed click here: apt://compizconfig-settings-manager
- In 'Windows Decoration'/'Windows Shadow???', replace 'any' with 'any & !(name=gnome-panel)':

- Click on 'Back' and 'Close'

The shadow has gone! ... The last thing to do is to visit gconf-editor to definitely hide the panel:

- ALT+F2 and type gconf-editor
- Go to the key '/apps/panel/toplevels', you should see and entry named top_panel_screen0 or panel_0 (the '0' may change depending on your configuration)
- Modify the 'auto_hide_size' value to 1: this is the size of the br once folded (hidden).
- Modify the 'hide_delay' value to 0 (default is 300): that is the time before the panel will hide.
- Modify the 'unhide_delay' value to 100000 (= 100 seconds) : this is the time before the panel will unhide.


Et voila! : Bye bye gnome-panel !! You can now enjoy your new Desktop (and ALT+F1 and ALT+F2 are still available) :


Glx-Dock / Cairo-Dock Wiki Remove the last Gnome Panel Top

Online users :

Powered by ElementSpeak © 2007 Adrien Pilleboue, 2009-2013 Matthieu Baerts.
Dock based on CSS Dock Menu (Ndesign) with jQuery. Icons by zgegball
Cairo-Dock is a free software under GNU-GPL3 licence. First stable version created by Fabounet.
Many thanks to TuxFamily for the web Hosting and Mav for the domain name.