Run like you stole something.
Daniel Farrow

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
Dave Parnas

If you are going through hell, keep going.
Sir Winston Churchill

in Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 desktop, pressing Alt+F2, the run application dialog is displayed.  Instead of needing to remember the key stroke combination, I want to have a short cut on my top panel.

I have seen some bickering about whether this is a good idea.  Reasons all coming down to the same thing:  Some users are too stupid to be trusted with such great power.

My philosophy:  Share information and knowledge including warnings and risks.

Follow this advice and avoid irresponsible actions in all that you do: Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
George Washington

openbox needs to be installed on Ubuntu.  If openbox is NOT installed, do the following:

Run System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager  This will display the dialog shown below.

If requested, enter administrative password

Type openbox in the Quick search text box.  Click on the check box displayed in the grid just to the left of openbox.  Click on the menu choice Mark for Installation in the pop up menu.

Click the buttons indicated by the red rectangles in the following images.

After the package is loaded, close the Synaptic Package Manager.  Then, right mouse click on top panel in an unused area.  Click on the menu choice, Add to Panel in the pop up menu.

In the Add to Panel dialog, highlight Custom Application Launcher and click the Add button.

Set the name to Run Application and the command to gnome-panel-control –run-dialog.  If you click the gnome icon, you can change the icon for this launcher.  I chose the icon, seahorse.png, which looks like a set of keys.  Click the OK button.

Close the Add to Panel dialog.  Your panel should look something like this.

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