Global Panel Preferences

To start configure the behavior of all of your Panels, select Panel->Global Preferences from the Main Menu.

This will open the Global Panel Preferences dialog. (This dialog is a component of the GNOME Control Center). With this dialog you can control many properties shared by all of your Panels.

Figure 19. The Global Panel Configuration Dialog

The Global Panel Configuration dialog contains the following five tabs: Animation, Buttons, Panel Objects, Menu, and Miscellaneous. Each of these tabs is explained below.

Animation Tab

Buttons Tab

In this section, you can set the appearance of the various types of buttons: launcher buttons, menu buttons, drawer buttons, and special buttons(such as the Logout Button and the Lock Button).

This tab also contains 3 options which affect all types of buttons simultaneously:

Panel objects Tab

This tab shows some options related to the placement and moving of objects on the Panel.

Menu Tab

In this tab, you can set the options determining the appearance of Panel menus.

Miscellaneous Tab

The Miscellaneous tab contains options for various customizable behavior that didn't fit anywhere else.

This tab also allows you to configure some global key bindings. You can define key bindings for the Global Menu(ie. Popup Menu) and for the Run Program dialog. (The default key bindings for these are Alt+F1 and Alt+F2 respectively.) To change these key bindings, select a key from the drop-down list or press the Grab key… button and then press the desired key.

NoteUsing the Menu and Window keys

You should be able to use the special Menu and Windows keys for keybindings. If you have problems with using these keys, the most probable reason is that your X server was incorrectly configured: the keyboard type chosen during installation does not match your actual keyboard. If you are using XFree86 server, you can fix it by manually editing the configuration file. This file, named XF86Config, is usually located in the /etc or /etc/X11 directory. Open this file with any text editor (not a word-processor!) and find the line containing the word XkbModel. Change it to read
              XkbModel "pc104"
You must be root (system administrator) to do this. Now, logout of GNOME and restart the X server by simultaneously pressing Ctrl-Alt-Backspace.

WarningUse Caution When Editing XF86Config

Making a mistake while editing the XF86Config file can make your keyboard or screen unusable in X Windows. Before editing this file, you should make a backup copy of it and make sure you know how to restore it from the backup file without using X Windows or GNOME, i.e., from a terminal. If you don't know how to do this, then do not edit this file.