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Old 01-11-2007, 02:46 PM   #16
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I really change the way most desktops appear after initial install. Every desktop is a little different, it makes it easy to tell which computer I'm using by these simple changes.

I always have a custom menu entry for each machine, and I put my icon next to the Ubuntu menu (mine is on the bottom left, like Windows). The new icons can be different.

Create your menu in the menu editor, and show the item by modifying your panels. This recipe will work for either Gnome or KDE, so I haven't bothered with the specific details.

The only caution I give is the menu editors can be glitchy. I've found there to be a lot of unexpected behavior when using either the Gnome or KDE menu editors.

Good Luck

jer
 
Old 01-11-2007, 07:31 PM   #17
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makes sense. did you try my suggestion ? how'd it work ? i almost wish i had a reason to do it, i think itd be pretty slick =)
 
Old 01-11-2007, 07:54 PM   #18
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"Create your menu in the menu editor, and show the item by modifying your panels. This recipe will work for either Gnome or KDE, so I haven't bothered with the specific details."

Could you bother just a tiny bit? What I wanted in the first place was a menu on the toolbar that was the name of the machine, but I didn't know how to go about it. I still don't. What/where is the menu editor?
 
Old 01-11-2007, 08:28 PM   #19
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I'll do my best

Quakeboy02

I'm using gnome here, from what I remember you were using it too. I'm using Ubuntu 6.10 (there may be some differences from Debian):

1) The menu editor is most easily accessed by right clicking on the menu and choosing "edit menu" Or the hard way Debian and Ubuntu may put the menu item for this in different places. Mine is: Main menu -> System -> Preferences -> Menu Layout.

Create a menu item with whatever icon you choose and an appropriate name. Add some stuff to the menu, at least one item will be needed to make the menu appear.

2) Add the menu (you don't have to use a menu here, but I like it): Right click on the panel (I hope Debian is the same or similar here) and select "Add To Panel...".

Click on the button "Application Launcher..." to add your new menu. Select the menu you created (or any other menu), and select "Add".

You should have a shiny new menu on your panel.

Good Luck

jer

Last edited by jerril; 01-11-2007 at 08:30 PM.
 
Old 01-11-2007, 09:13 PM   #20
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>>1) The menu editor is most easily accessed by right clicking on the menu and choosing "edit menu"<<

There must be something wrong here, or I simply don't understand. I can get the menu editor to come up, but there doesn't seem to be any way of doing any actual editing. There aren't any options to add or change or delete menu items. If I start typing randomly, a text box will open to accept text, but it seems to be a bitbucket. Meh, I'll deal with it later. Thanks for trying. What I have with the transparent menubar is working just fine, so I think I'll leave well enough alone for now.

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