Use widgets in a hidden layer (Compiz+Screenlet)
March 25, 2010 8 Comments
Shortcuts (user friendly) can be determinant to use or not some available services on a given system. Mainly when you are in a hurry. A good manner to enhance the usage of the desktop is using widget to frequent tasks, such as calculator, notebooks, performance management and so. Screentlet provide this issue to Gnome (with compiz). However, put many widgets on the desktop can also reduce your work space. So a good alternative is use a hidden Widget Layer provided by CompizConfig Manager, with a shortcut to show/hide, such as Macintosh Dashboard widget (if I’m not mistaken). It can be installed with apt-get tools:
sudo apt-get install screenlets compizconfig-settings-manager
After install you should activate the Widget Layer in CompizConfigManager (System/Preferences). The default shortcut to show/hide it is F9. After it create your widgets and set it as widget (Right click on widget/Windows/Widget) to move it to Widget Layer.
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