Difficult upgrade from 8.04 to 10.04

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at gmail.com
Thu Jan 26 01:44:32 UTC 2012

On 26 Jan 2012, at 01:39, Bruce Bales wrote:

> On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:53:09 pm Bruce Bales wrote:
>> On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:26:56 pm Waleed Hamra wrote:
>>> On 25/01/12 18:24, Bruce Bales wrote:
>>>> I think I need a lot of help.  I recently upgraded from 8.04 to 
> 10.04.
>>>> With 8.04, I could put a panel up on the left side of my screen 
> and
>>>> populate it with icons representing different programs I use
>> frequently.
>>>> One-click selection.  I haven't found a way to put the panel 
> there.
>>>> Is this possible in 10.04?
>>>> bruce
>>> i believe so. try this:
>>> right-click on an empty area of your plasma workspace (the 
> desktop),
>> and
>>> choose "unlock widgets". if you dont see this option and see 
> instead
>>> "lock widgets", then they're already unlocked.
>>> in that right-click menu, after unlocking widgets, choose "add 
> panel",
>>> which should offer 2 options, choose "empty panel" from them.
>>> you will see an empty bar appear on your screen. its location will
>>> depend on your plasma settings. it might appear on top, or on 
> some
>> side.
>>> if that's not where you want the panel to be, look for the cashew
>> button
>>> on one side of the panel. click it. you should get a sort of hover 
> panel
>>> over the normal panel. this hovering thing contains an icon called
>>> "screen edge". click and hold the click over this button and move 
> the
>>> panel to the side of the screen that you would like the panel to be 
> at.
>>> release the mouse click when satisfied.
>>> you can use the width button to adjust the panel's width as well.
>>> once that is done, we move to the next part, adding icons to this
>> panel.
>>> right-click on the panel and click "add widgets". you should get the
>>> list of widgets, look for one called "quicklaunch", it has a rocket
>>> icon. again, click and hold the mouse click on it and drag it to your
>>> new panel. release the mouse button. you should now have a
>> launcher in
>>> that panel. right-click on the launcher and modify its settings. the
>>> most important setting is probably the row setting. uncheck the
>>> automatic determining of row settings, and choose "1" from the 
> spin
>> box,
>>> and click ok. this makes the icons larger. now right-click on the
>>> quicklauncher and choose "add launcher". add as many shortcuts 
> as
>> you like!
>> I got the panel up and got it placed and sized.  Unfortunately, I must
>> leave for a while.  will populate it this afternoon.
>> Thank you ever so much.
>> bruce
> It's not working.  When I look down the list of widget icons, I get to 
> "microblogging" and it locks up so I can't go further (to quicklauncher).
> Actually, it locks up halfway through the word "microblogging."
> After I  put the application launcher on the panel it disappears except 
> for a little square in the upper L/H corner and it looks like there are 
> several little semi-transparent panels overlapping.  When I click on it, I 
> get the panel (about 2.5 inches wide), but the panel doesn't contain the 
> icon for the application launcher program I put on it.  That icon stays in 
> the corner.  When I add another program, there is still only one icon, the 
> application launcher icon, on it.  

If you just want a panel from which you can launch applications you don't need the application launcher app on the panel, you can just drag apps from any existing application launcher onto your new panel.


> Discouraging,
> bruce
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