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Old 10-14-2017, 04:51 AM   #1
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I am using Plank as a taskbar substitute - is there a way to get the network connection applet to display on my Plank taskbar?


So, as I said in the title, I'm running Plank instead of having a taskbar with the menu, etc.

I've got a 2nd taskbar at the top of the screen which has the battery life, time & date, connected devices and wireless connections applets.

The goal here is to get rid of that 2nd taskbar and simply have the Plank taskbar as my primary taskbar. What I'm wondering, therefore, is:

Is it possible to either:

a) move the wireless networks applet onto my Plank taskbar
b) move the wireless networks applet onto my desktop
 
Old 10-14-2017, 05:45 AM   #2
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you are NOT telling us what distro & desktop environment you run.

genrally speaking, you have to get rid of that second taskbar, and prevent it from autostarting (how? first answer questions above), then log out/in.
 
Old 10-14-2017, 07:35 AM   #3
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I'm running Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon (64-bit).
 
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ok, what you are talking about is the system tray, yes?
there can be only one system tray.
that's why you have to remove it from one location first to have it show up in another location.

you cannot move a systray applet to your desktop.
 
Old 10-15-2017, 07:00 AM   #5
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you cannot move a systray applet to your desktop.
Thanks for the clarification, that'll save me a lot of time searching for a way to do that. Just as a follow-up to that, do you know whether or not there is a Wireless Network Connection desklet available anywhere?
 
Old 10-15-2017, 12:40 PM   #6
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Also, adding on from the previous question about desklets, etc. - is there a desklet for/a way to transfer the Linux menu to the desktop?
Most of the applications I use are housed in my Plank bar, but there's apps that I don't use that much that aren't on my taskbar, yet are easy to find in the menu. For example, the Update Manager and Synaptic Package Installers - I don't keep them in my taskbar because I don't really use them that much; i'll check for available updates in the manager once monthly, so I don't see the point in having them using up space on my taskbar. I mean, obviously it's not a massive problem, it's more an issue of convenience really, because it kinda gets a little tedious consistently going into Files and then navigating to the Application registry...

Anyway, that's just something else I was wondering. I've done a bit of googling to see if I could find an answer, but I didn't turn up anything. Also, there's a community of people who actually understand how this stuff works, and that's really helpful - obviously I don't want to depend entirely on help forums, and I do intend to do some research and maybe take a course or two so I can expand my knowledge base and learn how to computer properly, if you will; for now, though, I could use y'alls' help.

Thanks (and sorry for the lecture).
 
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desklets:
i liked that maybe 5 years ago.
iirc, the software that provided that was either outdated, unmaintained, buggy or any combination of these.
i don't remember; at some point i just realised that i don't need them.
conky, otoh, yes.

i didn't quite follow your last post, but this:
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a way to transfer the Linux menu to the desktop?
maybe you can just symlink /usr/share/applications to the Desktop folder.
open a terminal, enter:
Code:
cd 
mv Desktop Desktop.bak 
ln -s /usr/share/applications Desktop
and maybe restart your desktop manager.
if that isn't satisfactory, simply enter
Code:
mv Desktop.bak Desktop
to revert the changes.
 
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Cheers guys. Appreciate it.
 
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we appreciate if you share your solution.
others with similar problems will benefit.
life's a two-way street.
 
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:45 PM   #10
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we appreciate if you share your solution.
Sorry, really didn't think of that :/

It's pretty simple really - I installed the "Wicd Network Manager" app from the software manager and stuck that in my taskbar so I can easily access it. I then removed all the applets from the system tray and then hit "remove taskbar". When I was doing some research on how to remove the systray I noticed that some people didn't have the option to remove the taskbar, I don't know why I didn't have this, for me it was just a matter of right-clicking on the empty taskbar and selecting remove taskbar. I thought that it might pop back up when I rebooted, but thankfully it didn't.

I also followed the instructions in ondoho's post on linking a folder to the desktop, then once I'd done that I dragged the folder onto my Plank taskbar.

That's pretty much all there is to it. Technically not really a solution, more of a workaround, but it's been working so far.
 
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