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Speed Up Auto-hide On Gnome Panels

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Gnome Panels can be set to auto-hide, however they can be quite slow to ‘re-appear’. This is a quick fix to make them pop-up quicker!

The default timing for the panel to show on auto-hide is a sloth-like 500ms. This may not sound like a lot, but speeding them up will make your system feel much more responsive.

  • Open up a new terminal and type in gconf-editor
  • You now have the configuration editor open.
  • On the left you need to follow this selection: apps -> panel -> toplevels -> bottom_panel_screen0
  • On the right-hand side, scroll down and find the row with unhide_delay.
  • Change this value to 100 by clicking on the number and entering 100.
  • Exit.

Wow! It’s done! Try it now!