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Brightness applet on Gnome panel

asked 2012-01-30 10:12:28 -0500

arkiaz gravatar image

Hi, I am using Fedora 16. How can i add a brightness applet on the gnome panel? Now i have to go to system settings to control screen brightness.

Also is there a way to add a quick launch icon on gnome panel on fedora 16?

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answered 2012-01-30 10:33:43 -0500

BRPocock gravatar image

One “trick” could be to add a shortcut key

System Settings → Keyboard → Shortcuts (tab) → Custom Shortcuts → [+]

You can directly launch the “Screen” control panel by entering

Name: Screen Controls

Command: gnome-control-center screen

You can then assign this to any key.

You could also (somewhat bulky) set up a preset brightness as a hot-key using:

Name: 75% brightness

Command: gdbus call --session --dest org.gnome.SettingsDaemon --object-path /org/gnome/SettingsDaemon/Power --method org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.Power.Screen.SetPercentage 75

… where you can replace 75 with a reasonable figure for your machine (0-100). Perhaps having a “dim” and a “bright” hotkey might make sense.

As far as “quick launch icons:” in the Gnome Shell, you can simply right-click on any icon in the Dash and “Add to Favorites” to keep it visible even when it's not running. (I believe the Nautilus File Manager and a few other icons are already “default favorites” in the stock configuration.)

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answered 2012-01-30 10:21:41 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

I haven't come across an extension for this yet. Maybe you could look at this one (which seems outdated) and write your own?

For the quick launch icon too, it can be done, via extensions probably, but I haven't come across one yet. Is the dash too difficult to use? How about using "alt + f2"? For instance, to run firefox, one can "alt + f2" type "firefox" and hit enter?

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