Is there a way to restore the bottom panel to the Ubuntu Unity Desktop? U

Asked by John Hagerman on 2011-06-11

I have abandoned the Unity desktop in my Ubuntu 11.04 OS in favour of the Ubuntu Classic version because of the ease of shifting between a number of open programs using the names of open items that appear in the bottom panel.
Unity requires me to touch the left edge of the screen with the pointer to bring out the Launcher and then find and click on the icon of the program I wish to change to, instead of a single click on the appropriate note in the Classic's bottom panel. That can add up to a lot of extra clicks, extra time to do a job and a lot of aggravation!
Is there a way to add the bottom panel to Unity (perhaps from Classic) and have the names of open items appear in it?

Jack

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Try using ALT+TAB to switch between apps, makes life a lot faster, you can also use the expose plugin to show ALL windows then select what you need. This can be triggered by short-cut key or to mimic MacOS, use the bottom right corner. Should make life a lot quicker.

Your keyboard can be used for more than typing emails and such, it can also control your desktop. If you only use mouse then it will take longer.

John Hagerman (handj949) said : #2

ALT+TAB is useful, I guess, if you're using only two apps. If you ALWAYS have one app running in the background as I do with efax it can be a problem.
The expose plugin is helpful (in Ubuntu it seems to be called exo-plugin) but still requires extra action. In Ubuntu Classic a glance will tell me what and where and I can bring it up immediately. And I notice, while searching for the "expose plugin", I'm not the only one who misses the old bottom bar.
I got a laugh out of your last paragraph. It reminded me of the old arguments that went on between old-time Linux guys who had been using keyboards for years and guys like me who wanted to make Linux more accessible to two-finger hunt and peck typists, which I am!
I'd still like that "all open items in the bottom panel" indication for speed and info. Any chance?

Best Sam_ (and-sam) said : #3

> Unity requires me to touch the left edge of the screen with the pointer to bring out the Launcher

Depends on settings of Unity plugin in CCSM, such as autohide, dogde windows, dodge active windows...

The unhidden launcher shows an arrow beside an open app, when the app is open twice it shows two arrows, up to three, if an app is open more than three times it still shows three arrows.
[Super] key shows numbers on listed icons, Super+<number> opens the app.

http://theravingrick.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-effort-at-writing-help-for-unity.html
http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/4795149014/the-power-users-guide-to-unity

What else does expo plugin require than a shortcut (e.g. Super+W) and click on requested app?
It works with all virtual desktops no matter where the app is.
http://askubuntu.com/questions/28086/unity-keyboard-mouse-shortcuts

> I'd still like that "all open items in the bottom panel"

e.g. add gnome-panel, awn, cairo-dock or whatever.
http://askubuntu.com/questions/38505/how-can-i-see-a-list-of-all-open-windows-at-the-bottom-of-the-screen-in-unity

I have a couple comments to add:

(1) You don't actually have to move the mouse to the left edge of the screen to make the Unity launcher come up--you can also hover it anywhere on the button on the top left of the screen (above where the Unity launcher appears). This is good to know when running Unity inside a non-fullscreened virtual machine or remote desktop session.

(2) If you decide that you prefer the classic interface, you can switch back to it by selecting "Ubuntu Classic" or "Ubuntu Classic (no effects)" as your session type on the login screen, which is accessible in the bar on the bottom of the login screen after you've specified your username, while you're being asked for your password. This setting is remembered. But you can switch back just as easily, any time you like.

John Hagerman (handj949) said : #5

On 11-06-11 05:20 PM, Sam_ wrote:
> Your question #161056 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/161056
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> Sam_ proposed the following answer:
>> Unity requires me to touch the left edge of the screen with the
> pointer to bring out the Launcher
>
> Depends on settings of Unity plugin in CCSM, such as autohide, dogde
> windows, dodge active windows...
>
> The unhidden launcher shows an arrow beside an open app, when the app is open twice it shows two arrows, up to three, if an app is open more than three times it still shows three arrows.
> [Super] key shows numbers on listed icons, Super+<number> opens the app.
>
> http://theravingrick.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-effort-at-writing-help-for-unity.html
> http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/4795149014/the-power-users-guide-to-unity
>
> What else does expo plugin require than a shortcut (e.g. Super+W) and click on requested app?
> It works with all virtual desktops no matter where the app is.
> http://askubuntu.com/questions/28086/unity-keyboard-mouse-shortcuts
>
>> I'd still like that "all open items in the bottom panel"
> e.g. add gnome-panel, awn, cairo-dock or whatever.
> http://askubuntu.com/questions/38505/how-can-i-see-a-list-of-all-open-windows-at-the-bottom-of-the-screen-in-unity
>

Thank you, Sam
I think I'll take a run at gnome-panel as soon as I get a chance - it
looks like the best way to get exactly what I get with Classic (not just
apps open but what file in the app), and can continue to get when
Classic is discontinued. (unless Ubuntu gets smart and adds it in before
they drop Classic!)

Jack

John Hagerman (handj949) said : #6

Thanks Sam_, that solved my question.