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How to enable gnote status icon?

Gnote is a free and open-source desktop notetaking application written for Linux, cloned from Tomboy by Hubert Figuiere. It uses a Wiki-like linking system to connect notes together. Gnote is part of the GNOME desktop environment, often filling the need for personal information management.

With emerge of Gnome Shell (3.x series), there have been some changes with gnote, and which are inconvenience to old gnote users. These changes are below:

  1. Gnote status icon not visible: It is because the gnome shell does not have any panel where you can add any applet/icons.
  2. Lack of Gnote default menu interface: In previous versions, when you access gnote through the applet icon, you would have seen a list of your old notes and menu items to create new note or search existing notes. This is no more the case with default gnote installation. If you launch gnote, you’ll see the “Search all Notes” window.
  3. Gnote not triggered up on startup: The previous versions of Fedora and/or other GNU/Linux distributions used to fire-up gnote applet program on startup, but this does not happens now. So every time you need gnote (and assuming that you’ve closed previous gnote windows), you’ll have to open gnote from the applications menu (or from command).

The solution to these problems are easy enough, and are available on Gnote Help documentation under the FAQ section. To solve all these aforementioned problems, follow these steps:

  • Open Terminal, and enter into root account.
  • Enable the gnote icon through gsettings:
: gsettings set org.gnome.gnote use-status-icon true .
  • This command will now persistently display gnote icon in the bottom right panel of gnome shell if gnote is fire up, and will not vanish even if you close any open gnote window.
  • Now you need to set gnote to fire at start-up. In previous versions, you could have done through Startup Application preferences. But this item is not directly available under applications nor under System Settings. So you’ll have to use terminal to fire-up this application:
  • A Start-up preference dialog box will open up. Click on the Add button.
  • Put “Gnote” as the name, “/usr/bin/gnote” as the command, and “Gnote – Gnome’s note taking application” as the comment. (Note: You can put anything in the name and comment section).
Add Startup Programs Dialog Box

Add Gnote to Startup

  • Click on Add button.
  • This will add gnote to startup. So from the next time you open up your linux box and log in, you’ll see gnote status icon visible in the bottom right panel.


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