A change to allow vertical panels has been added, and is lined up for the next release of Cinnamon.
We have added the ability to have panels at the side of your screen in exactly the same way as you can currently have them at bottom and top. There are some enforced differences, because there is only room to have an icon in a vertical panel. Any text that normally displays along with the applet icon cannot be shown, as it just won’t fit. Just about everything else you are used to looks and behaves as it does in Cinnamon 3.0 now.
The overall effect is simple, elegant and modern. Here’s an example screenshot:
In this case in the left panel the menu and ‘show desktop’ applet have been placed at the top, panel launchers to the centre, and a selection of standard applets to the bottom. On the right panel the calendar applet is to the top showing the current time [21:33] with the workspace switcher below, the centre has the window list showing icons for each running window, and the system tray is at the bottom. The theme used is Mint-Y.
Panels can be moved freely to another orientation if wanted, and the panel edit facility can be used to move applets around within or between panels.
Horizontal and vertical panels can be mixed if that’s your preference. Here is a screenshot of a horizontal and vertical panel used together.
The ability to use more advanced features such as panel hiding, panels on multiple monitors, and mouse pointer barriers are all there. The right click panel menu and applet menus work as you are used to, as does tooltip help on hover and window preview when hovering over a window list item. We’ve tried to keep everything as similar to what you are used to as possible.
At the moment fixed display formats are in place for the calendar and workspace switcher in a vertical panel so we can be sure the applet will always look sensible. 3rd party applets that we cannot guarantee will fit in the panel are detected, and we’ve designed a mechanism for their authors to declare them suitable for both horizontal and vertical orientations.
We’ve also added a new facility for theme designers to offset the ends of the panel away from the edges of the screen, for those who might prefer this.
There are a few technical things that applet authors and theme designers will want to be aware of. These are described in the main pull request for the change which can be found here https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/pull/4996
It’s great to have been involved in making this frequently requested feature happen.
We hope that you will enjoy the new panel styles !