The alt + right click combination does not work for editing gnome-panel in the unity interface, but I eventually found that holding alt and clicking both mouse buttons at the same time worked to bring up the panel's properties menu.

It occasionally works when I hold alt and press both mouse buttons on any panel applets. Most of the time I am stuck with the added applets.

I was able to delete the top gnome-panel. But when I changed the bottom panel's properties to be on the right side of the screen, it completely disappeared, and there was no way to get it back, even when I logged in with gnome-classic.

(So far, I have had to dump gnome-panel as an option for an extra Ubuntu 11.10 panel, as there appear to be too many conflicts between the gnome panel and the new unity interface.)

Are there any configurations that can be altered to make the editing of the gnome-panel easier? Such as in Gconf-editor or Dconf-editor?

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I had the same problem as you have, then I tried this combination: Alt + Super + Right Click and it worked!

  • hey I had the same problem as @mloman, but I just tried to add something to my panel with alt+WIN+right-click, and it doesn't work anymore.. ugh, does it still work for you? on ubuntu 12.04?
    – Matt
    May 18, 2012 at 23:10
  • @Matt Sorry, Ive moved to Fedora and Gnome shell
    – richie
    May 27, 2012 at 9:16
  • It's ok.. I eventually realized when I run emerald --replace then everything works fine (but then all my Compiz effects don't work :\ ). So if I want to edit my panel I have to run emerald
    – Matt
    May 31, 2012 at 22:19

Gnome Panel 3 uses GSettings, so yes, you can use dconf-editor. You'll find it under /org/gnome/gnome-panel.

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