I’ve been googling for a while for an app like 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, that allows us to position icons in the taskbar anywhere we like.
I’ve been having issues placing icons how i want!
It’s just not working out.
What Linux app you advise that does what 7+ Taskbar Tweaker does?
Perhaps you should first tell us what desktop environment you’re using, because they all maintain their own methodology for icon and widget placement.
Furthermore, once you know and understand the native methodology of the desktop environment in question, there won’t be any need for third-party applications.
I am using KDE Plasma as my desktop environment and I can place the icons and widgets wherever I want, and however I want. Plasma has its spacers that you can use on the panel(s), although I am using the spacers from latte-dock, which give me finer control.
As I told another member only recently — and they took it the wrong way — you can never expect to gain full control of your GNU/Linux system if you continue thinking about it along the lines of the Microsoft Windows paradigm.
Well, we won’t know that unless you tell us what you want to do, will we?
First of all, a task bar and a panel are not the same thing. The panel is a container for widgets and icons. One of the available widgets is a task manager (or “task bar”), but there are two variants of it — an icons-only task manager and a task manager that shows the application name — plus a third alternative, which is a window list in the form of a menu.
The applications on both varieties of the task manager can be pinned, so that they will always show as launchers — in the event of the task manager that also shows the application name, it’ll only show the icon when the application is not running, and the full name if the application is running. You can play with the task manager settings on account of keeping the pinned icons — referred to as launchers — separate from non-pinned task manager entries or not.
Next to the above, you can also put icons on the panel itself, as well as launchers, which are mini-containers that you can easily drop icons into for grouping them together. You can also put spacers in between icons and widgets (albeit not between the icons on the task managers) — also for grouping them — and you can adjust the size of the spacers.
It’s all drag & drop, so it’s easy to tweak to your liking.
Thanks a lot for your thorough reply!
I’ve made this video showing what i meant: video.mp4
I will go through the KDE settings and learn things properly.
I just want to be sure if by default i cannot place chromium browser icon behind the firefox ones?
And why sometimes grouping the FF icons the way i showed, corresponding as | left | middle | right |
can take a while.
If this is how it’s meant to be and i have to dig, just give me a thumbs up.
No need for you to waste your time replying.
No, you can place it anywhere you want. But your task manager may have alphabetic sorting enabled, so right-click the task manager and go through the options. Also take note of the “keep launchers separate” setting.
Well - KDE Plasma Taskbar:
You can DRAG stuff to the taskbar and it will create an icon. If you drag a launcher, that works the same way.
So I will test this - open up a scripts folder, drag my ‘sleep timer’ there:
Next, we can right click to edit the panel…
So now it moved to the top, and let’s give it an icon too - for a bedtime clicker…
There’s NO WAY we can tell you all of the options - there are literally hundreds. However, on KDE I’m now very happy with the basic panel, I was using Latte before - which brings many more options, but have now reverted to a slightly less bloated approach (it works just as well) with 3 isolated panels (2 hidden) for different tasks.
You can search Linux Panels, and Linux Docks and spend years playing with this stuff.
But you generally should try 1. Click and Drag or 2. Context menu - edit.
This is a valuable lesson I learned - when I was using WIndows in the 1990’s.
@Aragorn - can you spill some beans… your titlebars, and (I assume) kvantum theme. I’m after an old-school (this is what I’d have killed for back in the Gnome2 and Linux Mint Cinnamon days) very tasty, and slightly 3D theme…
I used KDE up until about 2009 (on Mandriva, concatenation of Mandrake and Connectiva) or 2010, then I switched to Ubuntu with the GNOME 3 Desktop, because KDE4s Semantic Desktop was slowing down my, what was then top of the line super powerful Laptop… and there were a couple of apps that I couldn’t uninstall, without destabilising the system.