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In 12.04, I just tried the pane-setting 'resize' (or autoshrink or what it is named). Now, I don't like it any longer and I would like to switch back. But since the panel is shrunken, there is no longer a place where I can click (with Super+Alt+rightclick), I'm always in one or another application which lies in the panel.

So, is there another way than clicking on an empty space in the panel to open the settings?

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One possible alternative is to enable (tick) the expand property for the panel:

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To do this, install dconf-tools either from Software Center or via

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Then run dconf-editor and navigate to org.gnome.gnome-panel.layout.toplevels

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No such thing as org.gnome.gnome-panel in Gnome 3.10 @ Ubuntu 14.04 :( – Rui Marques Nov 6 '14 at 19:49

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