On ubuntu 11.10 using gnome classic I accidently made an error and now I have to deal with a redirect button to the gnome tweak tool in the top bar of the gnome interface, right next to the locations button.(but can be moved accros the top bar) I don't want and can't delete the button. Is there a solution to get rid of it?

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To remove this icon, alt+right-click on the icon and click remove in the menu.

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    Do you have any idea what the rationale behind not showing the remove option in response to a normal right click? This is the most absurdly user unfriendly 'feature' I've seen in awhile. How the heck are you supposed to discover it without Google? Sep 27, 2012 at 2:43
  • @JosephGarvin I have not been able to figure it out.
    – RolandiXor
    Sep 27, 2012 at 6:20
  • @JosephGarvin My understanding is that if you don't hold down the Alt key, mouse input on a panel applet is interpreted by the applet itself. Holding down Alt makes the panel interpret the input. So, for example, if you had an applet that showed a special applet-specific menu on right-click, you'd right-click without Alt to show that menu, but you'd right-click with Alt to show the generic menu that shows options like removing the applet altogether. Oct 1, 2012 at 19:58
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    Never-the-less I've made this mistake a few times - seems like it's a UI feature designed by a technically minded person rather than someone who has humans in mind Nov 6, 2012 at 18:02
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    That's very unintuitive.
    – imwilsonxu
    Feb 19, 2013 at 10:04

Now it's Windows+Alt+rightclick (a.k.a. Super+Alt+rightclick) as described here. In a few years, it'll be shift+ctrl+super+alt+numlock+middleclick.

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    Haha +1 for being right and funny :)
    – RolandiXor
    Feb 19, 2013 at 16:06

Actually it's compiz that add the Windows key to the Alt+Rightclick combination. You can test this by killing it. Compiz needs Alt+Rightclick for something else apparently.

Gnome classic session: Windows+Alt+Rightclick

Gnome classic session, no effects: Alt+Rightclick

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