The curious case of the missing ‘Trash Can’

I came across this interesting Ubuntu forum thread that tells you how to reinstate the Trash Can icon in Ubuntu if you’ve ‘accidentally’ deleted it. Well, deleting it accidentally seems pretty easy too — all you need to do is right click the icon and then click ‘Remove from Panel’ instead of ‘Empty Trash’. Oops!

What the forum thread doesn’t say clearly is how to reinstate the Trash Can icon in its original position — far bottom-right corner of the screen, to the right of the Workspace Switcher boxes. I was able to do this easily by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the panel and click Add to Panel.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, select the Trash item and click Add.
  3. Now, right-click one of the Workspace Switcher boxes and click Remove from Panel.
  4. Right-click the Trash icon you added, click Move, and drag the icon to the far right corner of the panel.
  5. Add the Workspace Switcher item to the panel. If necessary, move it to the left of the Trash Can icon.

While at it, you can also add some other interesting gadgets to the panel. I added System Monitor, Tomboy Notes, Eyes, and Drawer! Here’s a clipped screenshot of my Ubuntu Lucid Lynx desktop.

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1 comment so far

  1. Ed on

    Looks like you’re still using Firefox? 🙂 Have you tried Google Chrome? The speed blows you away…


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