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What taskbars/panels are available in Ubuntu ?

What process should I follow to configure them ?

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Which version of Ubuntu are you using? I'm assuming 11.10 but it would be good to add that information. – Dason Mar 6 '12 at 17:14
Yes..its v11.10 – Viraj Rao Mar 6 '12 at 17:17
Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! There are many programs available that could be used to set up something like a taskbar. Can you edit your question to provide additional information on what desktop interface (Unity, GNOME Shell, etc.) you are using and what features you are looking for? This will help us make better recommendations. Thanks! – Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 6 '12 at 17:20
To be honest, am new to Ubuntu and I am using it on Parallels on Mac by downloading from Ubuntu website. So I dont know the desktop (Unity, GNOME Shell, etc.) am using. Ho can I know, which desktop interface am using. – Viraj Rao Mar 6 '12 at 17:33
You can find a list of available desktop interfaces here. If you didn't install any new ones or choose a different one from the login screen, then you are probably using Unity. – Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 6 '12 at 17:36
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can add a task-bar

Ctrl+Alt+t opens a terminal, then

sudo apt-get install tint2

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tint2 website

Looking for cool configurations?

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Why this program need terminal to be open? – Mehdi Mar 7 '12 at 17:20
for installation and set up – Ringtail Mar 7 '12 at 18:18



  • Lightweight

  • Plugins

  • Panel can be configured from GUI

  • Generate a menu for installed applications automatically

  • Can support multiple-panel layouts

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To install the panel:

sudo apt-get install lxpanel

LXPanel website

Wiki Page

Xfce Panel:


  • program launchers

  • panel menus

  • desktop switcher and more

  • Customizable plugins

  • Can be configured through graphical dialogs,GTK+ style properties, and hidden Xfconf settings

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To install the panel:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-panel

Xfce docs and plugins

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