The bottom panel in Linux Mint is analogous to the start bar in Windows. As well as being able to configure the items that are in the bottom panel, you can also configure the appearance and behaviour of the panel itself.
To configure the bottom panel in Linux Mint, press the Super key, then type “Panel” and hit enter. Alternatively, you can right-click on the bottom panel and click the top-option “Panel settings”.
Tip: The “Super” key is the name that many Linux distributions use to refer to the Windows key or the Apple “Command” key, while avoiding any risk of trademark issues.
The top option “Auto-hide panel” allows you to choose if the panel is always visible or if it is automatically hidden. There is a third auto-hide setting labelled “Intelligently hide panel”, however, in our testing this option did not appear to do anything.
The “Panel height” option allows you to select how tall you want the panel to be, with options ranging from twenty to sixty pixels and defaulting to forty pixels.
In the “Panel appearance” section, you can configure the font size, the size of full-colour icons (used by apps), and the size of the symbolic icons (such as the network status and volume indicator). At the top of this section are three options “Left Zone”, “Central Zone”, and “Right Zone”, allowing you to independently configure three sections of the bottom panel.
The “General Panel Options” section allows you to add new panels to either side and to the top of the screen as well if you want more panel space. The “Panel edit mode” button allows you to click and drag panel items. “Allow the pointer to pass through the edge of panels” is designed for multi-monitor set-ups and allows you to configure if the mouse can move to another monitor through the edge of a panel. This option is intended to make it easier to click a small icon at the edge of a panel.