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Wednesday, August 31st 2005, 10:16am

Moving panel applets / enabling applet's 'handles'?

I've made the switch from Gnome to KDE 3.4 on my main desktop and have been customising various aspects of it to suit my needs but have hit a bit of a problem or two (of my own making I'm sure!).

I've added various applets to my panels and moved them into positions I find logical and simple to reach, etc. After positioning some of these applets, I tried to make it look a little more perdy by disabling some of the 'handles' or 'grip bars' (not sure what the proper terminology is). Now, after doing this I don't seem to be able to move the relevant applets, as there is no 'handle' to right-click in order to select 'move' and I can't find a way of re-enabling the 'handles'. I presumed I would just be able to right-click the relevant applets and select 'enable handle' or similar but alas, there is no such option.

My second problem is that I have a few icons in my system tray that I use often and a few I use not so often but still want accessible. I activated the system tray option to hide some of these icons from displaying all the time, making them available again when I click on the arrow icon to the side of the system tray. This works fine, but after some additions I want to be able to hide one or two more icons and show some others, but this option seems to have totally dissapeared, presumably because it was activated from right-clicking the system tray's 'handle' - which, as above, is now hidden and I can't find a way to re-enable.

So... any hints on how I can re-enable these applet handles? Only temporarily ideally, so I can move them / reconfigure them. I'm sure it's blindingly obvious but I just don't seem to be able to find out how (with experimentation and google).



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Wednesday, August 31st 2005, 11:42am

RE: Moving panel applets / enabling applet's 'handles'?

Welcome to KDE.

To make the applet handles visible again, you'll need to access the panel configuration dialog. You can access this through right-clicking on the panel and selecting Configure Panel... (which might instead be in a submenu called Panel Menu). If that doesn't work--and perhaps not having applet handles might complicate that--try going in through the Control Center to Desktop > Panels

On the Appearance tab, the Advanced Options button will allow you to change the visibility of the applet handles.
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Wednesday, August 31st 2005, 3:23pm

Thank you jmsmith!

Boy, do I feel stupid for missing that! There's me thinking I had looked everywhere!

'Panel right-click -> Configure Panel -> Appearance -> Advanced Options' was spot on.