I'm having a problem in the top menu panel since a couple of days, some space has been created between some icons and I don't know how to remove it. A screendump:

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Does anyone know what the reason could be for it?

By the way, I'm using Ubuntu Lucid (should I ask in the ubuntu site?).


Edited: This is how it looks like now, still one blank space, but much better (I guess it has something to do with the question from Michael's link)

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Edit 2: After a reboot, the blank space was gone so solved :)

  • This question might explain the cause Oct 11, 2010 at 20:19
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    I have the exact same problem. Have you been able to solve this problem permanently? Although rebooting solves the problem for me as well, this is not really a solution. Jan 28, 2011 at 8:09

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As far as I can see from the screenshot, it could be either of two things.

It doesn't look like the spacing between icons as defined by gnome is off, but just to make sure, you could run:

gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/panel/toplevels/top_panel/padding 0
gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/panel/toplevels/bottom_panel/padding 0
gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/panel/applets/systray/prefs/padding 0  

The other possibility is that due to a resolution change your icons on the panel got stuck out of position. This is really annoying, and if the icons are locked they won't automatically swap back into place when you switch to the previous res. This happens a lot with dynamically resizable VMs.
To deal with this, make sure that the icons are unlocked (right click, untick "Lock") and then move them back to where they belong.

Please let us know if this resolved your issue.

  • I unlocked the panel and I could move it to the right (I would have swear that I tried this yesterday and it didn't work, but it did now!). There is still one space on the left though, but at least is not so bad now as it was before. I'll post an screenshot. (BTW I ran your three commands and nothing changed =( )
    – oli206
    Oct 11, 2010 at 20:55
  • @oli206 // Those three commands have noticeable effects on default gnome installations. Ubuntu does tweak gnome for you. I've needed them in Arch / Fedora / Gentoo. >D. Glad you could solve your issue. Cheers! Oct 13, 2010 at 13:48

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