How to Move the System Tray in the Task Bar in Fedora

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Fedora's default desktop includes a system tray in the right corner of the taskbar at the top of the screen. Icons such as the volume control and wireless network manager appear in this system tray by default and many other applications, such as chat clients and music players, put icons here for easy access, just like they do on Windows. Unlike Windows, Fedora's system tray is movable. Move the system tray around in the same taskbar or into a different taskbar using the functions built into the Fedora desktop.

Move the System Tray in the Same Taskbar

  • Unlock the system tray applet. Right-click the handle on the left side of the system tray in the upper-right corner of your screen, then deselect "Lock To Panel" by clicking on it.

  • Right-click the handle on the left side of the system tray, then click "Move."

  • Move the system tray to another location on the taskbar, swapping places with the other objects currently there, by clicking on the location. Move the system tray to a vacant space on the taskbar by holding the "Alt" key on your keyboard, then pointing the mouse cursor at the location and anchoring it by clicking. Move the system tray to another place on your taskbar, sliding other objects down the task bar, by holding the "Shift" key on your keyboard, then clicking at your desired location.

Move the System Tray to a Different Taskbar

  • Remove the system tray from its current taskbar by right-clicking the handle on the system tray's left side, then clicking "Remove From Panel."

  • Right-click an empty space on your chosen panel, then click "Add to Panel."

  • Place the system tray by clicking "Notification Area," holding the mouse button down, positioning it where you want it, then releasing the mouse button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fedora uses the GNOME desktop which is also used by many other versions of the Linux operating system. GNOME's System Tray is known as the "notification area" applet, and its taskbar is known as a "panel."
  • Fedora's GNOME desktop gives you lots of flexibility in configuring your panels. You can even add multiple system trays to different taskbars.

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