How can I add aMsn to a Panel ?

Asked by joseMaestro on 2009-04-04

Hello there !

Today I'd like to ask about something which I believe it's simpler to solve.
I accidentally removed aMsn from the panel it adds itself when the installation finishes.

I removed it from my applications, then re-installed again, But it didn't add it to the panel as before. When I use the: "Add to Panel..." functionality, Ubuntu simply won't show it listed there.

What are the steps that I should follow to get it back to where it was before (as a little Icon in the panel; I could click whenever I wanted to use the application) ?

An additional thing,
When I re-installed aMsn, it retrieves all my former configuration like User-pic, default email address, etc. As If Never uninstalled it in the first place.


Hope that you can help me out.

Best Regards,


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Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #1

Can you go to the Applications menu AMSN is listed in and drag and drop it to the appropriate gnome-panel? Will this work for you instead of Right Clicking and Add to Panel?

Please try the drag & drop method instead of right click method.

joseMaestro (etherealhost) said : #2

Hello Craig !
Thanks for your response.
Well, part of the problem is solved now... I have the icon where I wanted it, using your suggestion.
Now, another problem has raised, the thing is, even though the icon is there, it doesn't do much. In other words it doesn't reflect the status of the application (whether I'm online, logged off, or even using it at all).

Is there anything else that must be done ?

Good Luck,


Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #3

This is a separate issue. Or it may be part one in the way.

What we did in the first "answer" was create a launcher so you could easily launch amsn, a package and program I was not familiar with until now. I have now installed it to help you troubleshoot.

The launcher only launches the program. It does not learn the behavior of the program while you are in it.

Upon investigating this is a bug in the program:

If you are running:

a) Metacity
or b) Compiz

Which I am guessing you are?

If you are running Compiz there is a work-around:
Go to Compiz Setting and disable the following plug-in:
Freely Transformable Windows

That should solve your problems. This is per the forum post:

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #4

There were quite a few other bugs filed against aMSN that fit the description of what you described (in Hardy). This fix should be released in Jaunty.

Hopefully the above work-around will work for you. I'm sorry for the inconvenience it has caused you.

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