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fedora 19 gnome desktop menu bar is not showed [closed]

asked 2013-07-20 13:17:43 -0500

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updated 2013-08-15 06:57:31 -0500

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I've installed fedora 19 (gnome version) from live-cd image. Everything seems to be installed successfully. However, after logon, I see only the Activity button on the upper left screen; I do not see the gnome desktop menu bar. So I cannot click System > Preferences... Thank you. What do i need to do?

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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Akshay
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answered 2013-07-21 10:26:42 -0500

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Welcome to Gnome 3 - it's a completely different user experience than the good old Gnome 2. Check out some video reviews/tutorials on youtube, for example "GNOME 3: Accessing Apps Quickly". The first thing to do is to press the "Windows" key (the one between Ctrl and Alt keys), and directly start typing "sett" (for Settings). The list of applications will appear, select Settings by arrow key and hit Enter.

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This being said, try not to be intimidated by the change in interface. While I don't agree with all the changes the Gnome Shell team has done, I do think they are moving towards a better desktop experience. Try given it a chance, I think it will grow on you.

If you are very nostalgic of the old desktop menu bar, the gnome-shell team seems to have decided to support some extensions that focused on "legacy" (my word) menus.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-07-21 22:11:02 -0500 )edit

I almost forgot to include this extension.


Honestly, I can't live without this extension, mainly because there are some issues with application_name.desktop files that force all "Firefox" or "GoogleChrome" windows to be grouped as one. While this would be ok in 1998, when the internet had only 1 purpose, a webbrowser now functions as: Music Player, Maps, Document Writing Tool, Email, Encyclopedia and everything else, making it basically useless to switch "between apps" since everything is run by one app.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-07-21 22:13:48 -0500 )edit

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