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This isn't something new, but I for one didn't know what the "Drawer" Gnome panel applet does so I thought I'd write about it.

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If you're like me and want to have all the commonly used applications one click away, you probably have a lot of launchers on your Gnome panel(s) (I only have one which makes it even worse). But you can create drop-downs for these launchers, so that they take up a lot less space, and you don't even need to install anything. Here's how:

Right click on one of your panels and select "Add to Panel", then choose "Drawer". That's mostly about it. Now all you have to do is either right click the newly created "drawer" and select "Add to Drawer" to add other panels applets in the drop-down, or you can drag any launchers you have on your Gnome panel to the drawer.

This way, you can create a single drop-down launcher for, let's say: your browsers (I for one like to use multiple browsers at one from time to time), for Internet applications, multimedia and so on. Basically, this way, you can have your own custom Gnome menu with just common used applications, 1 click away. Well, actually 2 clicks, but that's close enough.

Further more, you can customize each individual drawer: modify it's size, icon and so on. For that, just right click it and select "Properties".