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How can I get replace the "applications places system" buttons with just icons?

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Wow, that would be cool! :)

I don't know how to put icons there, but to put shorter words there (e.g. Apps Locs Sys) is easy: ubuntuforum/5043898

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I believe there's no way to replace each of them by an icon. But, if you want to replace them all by a single icon, you can do this:

  • right-click the menus and select 'Remove from panel'
  • right-click the pane and choose 'Add to panel'
  • Choose 'Main menu' and click 'Add'

You should get a new icon in your panel that will show the 'Applications' menu and the 'Places' and 'System' menus as sub menus of the main one.

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