Install Light Weight Taskbar Tint2 for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Tint2 is a simple and lightweight taskbar/panel for Openbox that works well with other desktop environments also. Unity lacks an important feature of minimizing the windows by clicking the respective icons in the Launcher. Running Tint2 alongside Unity will give you all the good of Unity as well as a feel of the old Gnome 2.x days, the simplicity and convenience.

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Tint2 allows you different background schemes, positioning on the screen, system tray, animations when an application demands attention, a clock, a battery applet and most importantly, Auto-hide option available.

To install Tint2 Light Weight Taskbar on Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following command in the Terminal:

When installation complete, Press Alt + F2 and enter 'tint2' to launch it.

Tint2 is highly configurable. The configuration file named 'tint2rc' exists under the hidden '.config/tint2' directory. You may need to press Ctrl + H to see the hidden files. You might want to create a backup of the original file, just in case:

A GUI for configuring the taskbar also exists. It is a simple Python script and you can download, extract and launch it by running:

Following these commands, its executable would be located at the top-level of your home directory; handy to know for running it again later.

Note: Every time you launch the GUI, you would first need to open the 'tint2rc' file by going to File > Open and browsing to '.config/tint2' directory, otherwise it would create a new file with the default configuration. You can save and apply your configuration if you changed something and it would affect Tint2 immediately.

Now Add entry in Start-up Applications it will start automatically when you log in. Open Dash and search 'Start-up Applications' and open it. Click 'Add' and add a new entry as shown in the picture below:

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