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Is there some way to specify a custom size for a Gnome panel? I'm using Gnome Classic on ubuntu 12.04. There is an "expand" option, but I want to exactly specify the size of the panel. I'm not talking about the height, but rather the width of a horizontal panel.

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Unfortunately, there is no way to set a custom horizontal width for a Gnome Panel. The best you can do is disable the "expand" property, and let it adjust to the size of its contents; you can also change the "x-centered" property to center the panel or keep it on the left.

This can be done with dconf-editor (install dconf-tools), with the settings found in top-panel or bottom-panel under (see top panel in screenshot):


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That's too bad, but thanks for explaning it :) I wanted this because my desktop is spanned across three monitors. I guess I'll just stick with a single huge panel at the top. – Kalle Elmér Jun 29 '12 at 10:06
@KalleElmér, yes, it's a bug/"feature" that has been brought up numerous times, but that the Gnome team cannot/does not want to fix. But disabling expand might work for you, right, if it keeps the bar only on the center monitor? Please add a comment if you have any more questions, and don't forget to upvote the answer :) – izx Jun 29 '12 at 10:09

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