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Old 11-08-2018, 12:25 AM   #1
makarovnik
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Flashing Launcher Icons


I'm a new Bodhi user, coming from Peppermint.

Has anyone figured out how to make the launcher icons on the taskbar NOT flash when you hover over them with the mouse pointer? I find it extremely distracting. I couldn't find any posts about this here using the search.

I really like Bodhi. I find it a little faster on my machine than Peppermint (which is also a good distro).
 
Old 11-08-2018, 03:26 AM   #2
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I'm also a new user. I hadn't noticed this as a problem before, but I did a little experimentation after reading your post.

From my experimentation, this only occurs for applications which are stored inside a box (called an iBar) on the shelf (taskbar). I see several options:

1. You don't need to have an iBar at all. Just get rid of it and set up the Favourites menu to quickly find your favourite apps - or do as I've done which is to set up keyboard short cuts using the otherwise unused Windows key. For example, Win+F starts up Firefox, Win+L starts up LibreOffice Writer, Win+V starts up VLC, and perhaps most useful of all, Win+Q closes the top window.

2. You can position the iBar anywhere you like on the shelf. I have moved to the far left, next to the Bodhi leaf which calls up the main menu. This position means that I rarely hover accidentally over any of my application icons.

3. You can reduce the vertical size of the whole shelf. For one theme, I have it down to just 24 pixels. This allows more information to be shown (although it helps to have a good pair of glasses!), and also reduces the distracting effect of the flashing of the application icons.

Hope this helps

Bob
 
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:51 AM   #3
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Hello

The icon flashing is a visual effect for ibar in theme. How to simply get rid it is only changing the theme which has not this effect allowed (for example bodhi-theme-moksha-detorious) or let the current theme be as is and assign the detorious theme ibar to the current theme in theme settings. I am not in front of Bodhi PC, so I can not provide screenshots.

Anyway, you are not the first person who is complaining about this. Maybe it could be a nice idea for coding to have a check option for enable/disable. I will look at that.

Stefan
 
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:41 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone.

bobl01, those are all good suggestions. I've already setup my favorites menu, mostly because I didn't like the way the applications were sorted into menu categories I didn't agree with. For example, I edited the .desktop file for Synaptic so it is now in "Systems Tools" rather than the "Preferences" category. I also changed the menu link for "System Settings" to "Swami Control Panel". I found that confusing and redundant being there is already a "System" Main Menu category and a "Settings Panel" sub category. Having three menu items with the word "System" was freaking me out.

the_waiter, thanks for your suggestion also. I did exactly what you said and now my Bodhi is setup exactly the way I want it and I feel truly enlightened. I stuck with the overall theme of MokshaArcGreen because it has nice wide window borders and a sizing handle which I like. I installed the bodhi-theme-moksha-detorious and assigned it to the ibar only and voila everything looked the way it did in the beginning except no flashing application launcher.

Thank you brothers for your help. I tried to make a screen print of the desktop but it won't work with the menus open.
 
Old 11-08-2018, 04:04 PM   #5
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Glad to hear that
Yes, I changed the borders width to be better for resizing.

I will teach you how to make the menus screenshot as well. Open the screenshot settings (alt esc and start typing "screenshot settings") and set up the shot delay time to a reasonable value. 5 secs should be fine. Then trigger the shot and subsequently create the menu scene. That is all...

https://i.imgur.com/xAuOA73.jpg

Enjoy

Last edited by the_waiter; 11-08-2018 at 04:24 PM.
 
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:04 PM   #6
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Most computers have a Windows (win) key which isn't actually programmed and so is convenient for setting up new key bindings. (Apple, being different, call it the Command key). I've found the following key bindings to be really useful, particularly on a computer with a small screen

win+up move window
win+down resize window
win+left max mode smart
win+right cycle between borders: default pixel
win+q close window

Windows+left arrow maximises the current window, whilst win+right cycles between the default window frame and a space saving single pixel frame with no decorations. This makes maximum use of the available screen real estate. Windows+Q is a quick way to close the active window without the need to move the mouse to an X icon (which won't be there with the single pixel frame).

Windows+up arrow allows the user to use the arrow keys to move the current window without using the mouse. Windows+down arrow allows the arrow keys to move the bottom right corner. I find it useful to make each key press move/resize by 10 pixels by setting values in Windows > Windows Geometry > Keyboard > Move/Resize.

Now I've set these up and I'm used to them, I find they're a much more convenient way of moving/resizing/maximising a window that trying to grab the top or bottom right corner with the mouse.
 
  


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