[Bug 35962] Placing the logout applet in the bottom right corner instead

Quim Gil qgil at desdeamericaconamor.org
Wed Mar 22 07:09:35 UTC 2006

Public bug reported:

Affects: gnome-panel (Ubuntu)
       Severity: Normal
       Priority: (none set)
         Status: Unconfirmed

Doing some casual usability testing on Dapper Flight 5...

After some days trying the default panel setting with the logout applet
on the top right corner, I found that from time to time I clicked it by
accident when trying to close an application window.

The "x" form the expanded aplication windows and the logout icon sit
almost one next to each other, and the average user can hit the wrong
icon accidentally.

Instead, placing this applet on the bottom right corner, next to the
trash can, is giving me a better user experience. The metaphor also
works better IMO:

- The top panel shows mostly "things to start": links to applications,
launchers, possible actions through the notification area... Instead,
the bottom panel shows mostly "places to go": the window list, the
desktop icon, the workspace switcher... In this context it makes sense
to put there the logout applet since it's where the user says "I want to
go outside".

- Bottom right is also a "natural" exit point at least for left-to-right
readers (bottom left would be for right-to-left, still in the bottom).

- The neighbourhood with the trash can isn't bad either, since both
somehow share the idea of "good bye".

In practical terms, the user almost never needs to go with the pointer
near to that corner, which makes it a safer place for such singular

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