In the Mate GUI (Linux Mint), my icons by the time are only given half the space of the entire panel / task bar. It really looks like that division of the panel is meant to be much smaller.

Obviously, they don't need all that space. The open program tabs do, however, and they are left with only half the space, on the left.

There is a little gray divider line (three tiny gray dashes). How can I drag it or otherwise unlock/move it?

  • I haven't used MATE or gnome 2 in a while, but doesn't right-clicking some place (try a few different areas) on the panel bring up some options?
    – Xen2050
    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:39
  • @Xen2050 there are options in the right-click menus, but none I can see for this. Feb 6, 2015 at 9:49
  • Hmmm, I'm on XFCE now and most have a "Move" option right there, also a main list of panel items that can be edited/moved/deleted... Maybe there's a main "Settings" somewhere in Mate too? Searched the programs menu for anything like "Settings", "Mate", "Desktop", "Panel", etc?
    – Xen2050
    Feb 6, 2015 at 10:05

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Right click on the line. Untick the box that says "Lock to Panel". Then grab the divider with your middle mouse button and drag.

  • If you mean the "little gray divider line (three tiny gray dashes)", I do not get a context menu (or any reaction) when I right-click on it. Feb 11, 2015 at 19:48
  • Weird. I have the MATE Fedora spin, and I was able to move around my dividers. Then again, as I look closer, my dividers have more than three dashes. What version of MATE are you on?
    – Ohnana
    Feb 11, 2015 at 19:53
  • This worked in the end, but I had to unlock the left-most divider on the panel first. I also had to right-click multiple times, sometimes directly on the divider, other times in its vicinity. I guess it's just glitchy on Linux Mint/Mate. Thanks @Ohnana Feb 15, 2015 at 8:46
  • I also had to start from the right-most divider when locking them again. Weird. Feb 15, 2015 at 8:47

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