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I am running gnome-session-fallback and I want my panel to have a height of 24 pixel, that can be easily configured, except for one problem maker, the user menu:

User menu

Unlike all other applets, the user menu has a minimum size of around 30 pixel, which make the panel to ignore my 24 pixel setting and forces it to 30 pixel.

How can I either shrink the user menu or get back the old system menu, so that I don't need the user menu?

I already tried to change the icons (i.e. user-available-symbolic.svg, ...), but even without the icons the thing stays up at 30px.

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svg's are scale-able vector images so it's unlikely that the those icons themselves would influence size the way png's might have. – fragos Dec 8 '11 at 7:06
This worked for me… – user38745 Dec 21 '11 at 6:09

The indicator applet from Unity has been ported to gnome, it is smaller than the default one, I use it in gnome 3's fallback mode to get around the issue with the size of the bar. Try running:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/gnome3

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet indicator-applet-complete indicator-applet-session`

There are some screen shots and things here.

You can then add this from the 'add to panel' menu.

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