In Gnome Classic 11.10, when you want to make edits to the Gnome Panel, you have to press Alt + Super and then right click.

I believe in some cases it's just Alt and right click, but because of setting change to get Compiz to run on my machine, it became Alt + Super and right click. I believe this is a known issue.

In any case, whether it's Alt + Super and right click, or just Alt and right click, this new key combination thing is totally unneeded as far as I'm concerned. I was perfectly fine with just right clicking to edit the panel, as was the case in Gnome 2.2.

Is there a way to change this behaviour so I can edit the panel just by right clicking and not having any key combination?

  • But the key question was: Is it possible to work with panels without the ALT key pressed, like in Ubuntu 10.04?
    – user62121
    May 9, 2012 at 19:04
  • @anonimal: Yes, but the short version of Anonymous's answer is "no". But at least he provided an explanation of why, and an option for what else to do. Hope that helps.
    – Questioner
    May 10, 2012 at 0:11

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Alt+MouseClick is used by Compiz for moving and resizing windows, hence it conflicts with the GNOME Panel that uses Alt+RightClick for bringing up the context menu.

It is a conflict that occurs because both wants to use Alt+Mouse. Using Alt+Super+Mouse is a workaround that prevents Compiz from capturing the key-combination and lets GNOME Panel get it.

You can remap the key-combination for Compiz to use another key than Alt. I remapped it to use Super instead.

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/mouse_button_modifier '<Super>'

  • This does not answer the question at all. Is it possible to not have any key modifier? May 18, 2012 at 5:21

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