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How Beryl/XGL and Deskbar simplified my life

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Yesterday I was playing with Gnome’s basic layout and I decided because Deskbar was so good at locating what I wanted that it was quicker to use Deskbar than the standard Gnome application list. I decided to take things farther and remove some key GUI standards from my screen because I found that using alternative methods of accomplishing the same thing were quicker.

Removed the Application Menu

First I removed the application menu in favor of using Deskbar. It’s much quicker to hit the Deskbar keyboard shortcut and type out “web” or “mail” to launch Firefox or Evolution. The application menu is still accessible by pressing Alt-F1. The benefit of ALT-F1 is that it opens the menu where the cursor is. This reduces the amount of movement the mouse has to do to accomplish the same thing. I’m also able to use the arrow keys to choose an item in the application menu

Replaced the Run Dialog with Deskbar by Mapping it to Alt-F2

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