Bug 278910 - Launchers take up a lot of space in multi-row task managers
Summary: Launchers take up a lot of space in multi-row task managers
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 321128
Alias: None
Product: plasma4
Classification: Plasma
Component: widget-taskbar (show other bugs)
Version: 4.7.0
Platform: openSUSE Linux
: NOR normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Plasma Bugs List
: 283162 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-07-31 07:17 UTC by Todd
Modified: 2013-06-15 19:35 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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A screenshot of the bug (65.27 KB, image/png)
2011-07-31 07:17 UTC, Todd
A mockup of one possible solution to the bug (55.97 KB, image/png)
2011-07-31 07:18 UTC, Todd

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Description Todd 2011-07-31 07:17:14 UTC
Created attachment 62369 [details]
A screenshot of the bug

Version:           unspecified (using KDE 4.7.0) 
OS:                Linux

Currently when you have launchers in a task manager with multiple rows, the launchers take up the same amount of space as an ordinary task, even though they are only an icon.  I have attached a screenshot of the problem.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Add at least one launcher to the task manager
2. Increase the height of the panel
3. Open the task manager applet settings
4. Set the number of rows to 2 or more
5. Set "force row settings" to true

Actual Results:  
The launchers take up an entire column in the task manager, wasting a lot of space

Expected Results:  
The launchers only occupy the space of their icon.  A suggested approach would be to have rows of launchers on the left, and a separate set of rows of tasks to the right.  A mockup of this is attached.
Comment 1 Todd 2011-07-31 07:18:12 UTC
Created attachment 62370 [details]
A mockup of one possible solution to the bug
Comment 2 Christoph Feck 2011-10-03 23:13:50 UTC
*** Bug 283162 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Christoph Feck 2011-10-03 23:15:58 UTC
Bug 283162 actually suggests to make the icons bigger to get rid of the space. I guess Plasma simply respects the Panel icon size, so if two icons fit, it should display two of them.
Comment 4 Todd 2011-10-04 07:24:19 UTC
Making the icons bigger would still result in wasting a lot of space.  Simply using small icons and pushing the tasks in that row to the right (or left depending on locale) would result in the columns not being lined up and the tasks being different sizes, which in my opinion would look ugly and make it harder to hit the tasks reliably.  The approach in the mockup seemed to me to be the best way to preserve the formatting of the task manager, not waste space, and respect the user's settings.
Comment 5 m.wege 2011-10-04 07:34:35 UTC
I think, the size of the icon should depend on the amount of launcher icons and/or a setting for the launcher icons if they should be in one or more line (like there is for the processes itself).
Comment 6 Aaron J. Seigo 2013-06-15 19:35:26 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 321128 ***