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Shelves in Enlightenment are similar to the “Panels" used in other environments like Gnome, LXDE, and KDE. Their primary purpose is to house gadgets.

The default Shelf will contain different gadgets depending on which Profile is selected, but some common gadgets are: Start, Taskbar, Systray, Clock, and so on. It is possible to add more gadgets. It is also possible to use the shelf as a “dock", with a little help from the Gadget named iBar. Also, it is possible to have more than one Shelf.

Add a Shelf

To add a new Shelf, choose Main Menu > Desktop > Shelves > Add A Shelf. A new shelf will appear at the middle of the left edge of the screen.

Configure the Shelf

You can configure the Shelf with a graphical user interface: right-click on the Shelf, then select Shelf > Settings.

  • Stacking: This tab contains settings to define whether the Shelf will stay below or above other windows and whether other windows will be allowed to cover it. Note that if the Shelf contains a Systray Gadget the Shelf must be "Above Everything".
  • Position: Here you can choose in which corner or on which edge of the screen the Shelf will be located.
  • Size: Here you can choose the size of the Shelf and define if it will shrink to the content width or will be stretched at one edge.
  • Style: This setting allows you to select whether the Shelf is visible or invisible.
  • Auto Hide: If you want the Shelf to hide behind an edge when you don't use it you have to check the option Auto-hide the Shelf. You can also choose the hide/view behavior of the shelf. It is recommended that you choose the option Above All at the tab Stacking if you use the autohide option.
  • Desktop: This tab lets you determine whether the Shelf appears on all Virtual Desktops or only on certain ones.
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