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Window Applets

Window Applets

Window Applets

Minimum required   GTK 3.x
Downloads:  15450
Submitted:  Apr 30 2009
Updated:  Feb 17 2012


GNOME Panel applets substitute the maximized window title and buttons. I've decided to make it because GNOME violates Fitts's Law by putting a panel between the maxed window buttons and the corner of the screen. These applets were designed to solve the problem. Window Title and Window Buttons are essentially controls for windows that are placed on the Panel instead of a window. They also provide a clever way to increase vertical screen space. By default they only control maximized windows, but can be configured to control any focused window.

If you find a bug, please report it in the comments section. Also if you voted "minus", please explain why so I may improve the applets.

Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/~tsbarnes/+archive/misc/ Thank you Scott!
Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/~nilarimogard/+archive/webupd8 Thank you Andrew!
Mandriva: ftp://ftp.linux.org.tr/pub/mandriva-tr/2010.1/ Thank you Atilla!

Ubuntu (for 0.2.10): build-essential, intltool, libwnck-dev, libpanel-applet2-dev, *autoconf-archive
Ubuntu (for 0.3): build-essential, intltool, libwnck-3-dev, libpanel-applet-4-dev

Installation from source:
1) Download
2) Unpack
3) ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-gconf-schema-file-dir=/usr/share/gconf/schemas
4) make
5) sudo make install
6) cd buttons && sudo gconf-schemas --register windowbuttons.schemas && cd ../title && sudo gconf-schemas --register windowtitle.schemas && cd ..
* Alternatively you can try using gconftool-2 --install-schema-file instead of gconf-schemas --register
7) Add desired applets to panel.

Q: How do I hide the window decorations on maximized windows so that it looks like in the screenshots?
A: The simplest way is with the help of Compiz. Right click on the Window Buttons applet --> Preferences --> Behavior --> "Hide Compiz decorations for maximized windows". If you do not want to use Compiz then you can achieve the same effect using an external program called maximus created by Canonical Ltd.
Q: After installation, I cannot find the applets in the "Add to Panel" dialog.
A: Try restarting the panel by pressing Alt+F2 and typing: killall gnome-panel.

- Make a variant for Gnome Shell
- Make a variant for Unity
- WBA: A more user-friendly way to configure button order
- WBA: Option to save/export the theme
- New screenshots (feel free to contribute)
- Investigate merging of XfApplet functionality

Latest update:
The project is back!
New source (version 0.3)! - Please report any bugs!
The new version has been ported to Gnome 3 classic. It is not yet possible to run it in Gnome Shell or Unity, but this will change!
If you want to use it in Gnome 2, download version 0.2.10.
New Ubuntu builds (version 0.3). Credits to Webupd8!
Ported version 0.2.10 to MATE. Source available.


- Ported applets to Gnome 3
- Migrated Bonobo to DBus
- Moved logo pixmaps to proper folder
- Makefile cleanups
- Added tooltips (off by default)
- WTA: Improved automatic color detection
- WBA: Moved themes into proper folder

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 xfce plugin

 by Xanza on: Mar 18 2012
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I'd love it if you could port this to Xfce4 or Xubuntu. I'm in dire need to maximise my vertical space on my laptop. :/

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 Re: xfce plugin

 by Frenzie on: May 26 2012
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Did you try it with XfApplet?

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 Compiz decortor for maximaized windows

 by dagome85 on: May 3 2012
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Hi, I think your applets are great. I found a little bug. I use Window Butons, check all Internal Behaviur, and check "Hide Compiz decortor for maximaized windows", your applet just add !state=maxvert in windows decorator plugin, it's ok but I use Grid plugin in compiz. After put window left or right, the top panel disapear and the window is not control by your panel. I fix it by change "!state=maxvert" to (!state=maxvert | !state=maxhorz)

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 Re: Compiz decortor for maximaized windows

 by Iacoporosso on: Jul 7 2012
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i have the same bug.. what file a have to mod ??


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 Re: Re: Compiz decortor for maximaized windows

 by dagome85 on: Aug 31 2012
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I changed the value in compizconfig-settings-manager in the section windowsdecorator

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 Re: Re: Re: Compiz decortor for maximaized windows

 by Iacoporosso on: Aug 31 2012
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thx a lot!! works perfect

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 window icon for desktop

 by mojo2012 on: Aug 1 2012
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I have nautilus manage my desktop. But unfortunately there is neither a desktop nor a nautilus icon showing up as "window" icon.

This looks a little bit weird, because I also use the global menu to the right of the icon and the gnome application menu to the left.

If there is no icon, the space between the application menu icon and the global menu is twice as wide, bacause the window title applet is still there but uses no space ...

Also it would be nice to have an option to display the application name instead of the window title (like on MacOS X)

Would be nice to see this implemented in the near future

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 Source or .rpm of 0.2.10

 by Anaton on: Oct 15 2012
Score 50%

I really love these applets! Thanks a lot!

But I would like to use the applets also in my Fuduntu - Fedora-based distro with Gnome 2. Could you please make source of version 0.2.10 for Gnome 2. Versions for MATE and converted deb-files don't work.

Thank you.

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 hide title bug

 by hotice on: Dec 11 2012
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The "hide title" option for Window Title doesn't work after a logout - I've enabled to hide the window title and only display the window icon, but this is reset after each login/out. Any ideas what's wrong?


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 Patch for Mate 1.4

 by psn84 on: Feb 2 2013
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This is a patch for 0.2.10-mate to fix a compilation error on Linux Mint 14 with Mate 1.4

1. patch -p1 -i <patch-file>
2. autoconf
3. ./configure --prefix=/usr
4. make
5. sudo make install
6. cd buttons/
7. mateconftool-2 --install-schema-file windowbuttons.schemas
8. cd ../title
9. mateconftool-2 --install-schema-file windowtitle.schemas
10. Restart Mate and add applet on panel

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