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xfce hotcorner plugin

XFCE4 desktop now has a hot-corner panel plugin that provides an easy way for users to set hot corner action, though there’s already a Gnome app brightside works on Ubuntu with Xfce.

XFCE4 HotCorner Plugin is a new project created one week ago. It currently supports the following operation in primary display:

  • xfdashboard
  • toggle desktop
  • start screensaver
  • turn off monitor
  • run custom command

It also provides an option to disable hot corner when active window is fullscreen.

hotcorner plugin for xfce4 desktop

Install HotCorner Plugin in (X)Ubuntu:

Update: Thanks to Jackson Doak, the most recent packages have been made into Xubuntu Extras PPA. So far, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, and Ubuntu 14.04 (Xfce 4.12 is not required) are supported.

To install the HotCorner plugin and receive future updates, run below commands one by one in a terminal emulator:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/extras

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xfce4-hotcorner-plugin

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from launchpad page.

This plugin requires XFCE 4.12. For (X)Ubuntu 14.04 and (X)Ubuntu 15.04 and Mint 17 users who are still running with old Xfce desktop, you may first read this guide to upgrade to Xfce 4.12

To install the plugin, select download one of below packages that matches your OS type (32-bit=i386 or 64-bit=amd64)

  • xfce4-hotcorner-plugin_0.0.2-0ubuntu1~15.10_amd64.deb
  • xfce4-hotcorner-plugin_0.0.2-0ubuntu1~15.10_i386.deb

from the ppa packages download page:

download xfce4-hotcorner-plugin (.deb)

Then double-click to install the package via Software Center, or install it via dpkg command.

NOTE 1: the packages were built against Ubuntu 15.10 Wily, but they work on old Ubuntu releases (tested in 14.04) running with Xfce 4.12.

NOTE 2: Xubuntu Extras PPA also provides the packages for this plugin, but it’s an old release with bugs at the moment of writing this post.

After installing the plugin, go to Xfce4 panel preference window and add HotCorner plugin to panel:


Finally set your hot corners actions from the plugin’s preference window and enjoy!

xfce theme

Color UI is a new simple and good looking theme project includes support for Xfwm4, Unity, Cinnamon, GTK3, GTK2, Metaciy, Mutter, Openbox.

Color UI was made with maximum usability in mind, from the window borders to the color scheme, Color UI was made for the user who wants an elegant simple theme that does not look broken. If any part of Color UI has any problems in any of the things I listed as this theme supporting, please notify me in the comments and I will try to fix it ASAP! Feedback is always appreciated, if it was not for feedback how else would Color UI improve.

Below is the screenshot of Color UI theme in Xfce Desktop, along with Numix-icon-light and Pen Tool Wallpaper.

Xfce Desktop with color UI theme

Wanna try this theme? Do the steps below:

1. Download the theme from right pane of the project page.

2. Unpack the theme package, copy & paste Color UI folder to /usr/share/themes. You may do the copy and paste thing by running below command in terminal:

cd ~/Downloads/Color-UI-* && sudo cp -r Color-UI /usr/share/themes


3. Change the theme folder permission:

sudo chmod -R 755 /usr/share/themes/Color-UI

4. For XFCE, apply the theme at Settings Manager -> Appearance -> Style, and Icons tab. Also change the window border by going to Settings Manager -> Window Manager -> Style.

xfce hot corner feature

This is a quick tip that shows you how to enable and tweak hot corners actions in (X)Ubuntu Xfce Desktop.

Brightside is a gnome support hot corners app which also works in Xfce Desktop. It allows you to assign configurable actions to occur while you rest the mouse in a corner of the screen.

Currently available actions comprise:

  • Fade out volume
  • Prevent screensaver starting
  • Start screensaver
  • Enter DPMS standby mode
  • Enter DPMS suspend mode
  • Enter DPMS off mode
  • Toggle showing desktop.
  • Custom action

Enable Hot Corners for Xfce

Brightside can be installed via Ubuntu Software Center or by running below command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install brightside

Once installed, run brightside-properties (see previous pic.) command to start its configuration window and setup your hot corners actions.

To make brightside daemon start at login, go to Session and Startup window and add it under Application Autostart tab. See the picture below:


UPDATE 2015-7: There’s now a native Xfce plugin to set hot corners actions, see this post.

xfce 4.12

XUbuntu Developers Team finally made the XFCE 4.12 packages into PPA available for (X)Ubuntu 14.10 users to upgrade.

Xfce Desktop 4.12, a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.10, was released two days ago at the end of February. After two years and 10 months of work, this new Xfce Desktop brings:

  • windows preview and a list mode in Alt+Tab dialog.
  • GTK3 Client-side decoration
  • The panel can now intelligently hide itself and supports Gtk3 plugins
  • new wallpaper settings dialog, per workspace wallpaper support
  • Xfsettingsd now supports libinput.
  • Thunar and multi-monitor improvements.
  • Many more, see the release note.

Xfce 4.12 wallpaper

How to Upgrade to Xfce 4.12 in Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04:

The maintainer has removed the PPA since Ubuntu 16.04 and higher ships Xfce 4.12 in their official repositories. And the tutorial does no longer work for Ubuntu 14.04.

Just one or two hours ago, Xubuntu Developers updated the PPA packages from the dev (4.11) to stable release (4.12) for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17. Key an eye on the Xfce-4.12 PPA since it may be soon updated for Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.1 users.

Open terminal and run below commands one by one to add the PPA and upgrade to XFCE 4.12:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If for some reason you want to revert your Xfce desktop to previous status, install ppa-purge and purge the PPA which also downgrade the installed packages:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12

xfce whisker menu

Whisker Menu, the default application menu for Linux Mint Xfce edition, has reached the 1.5 release with some new features and bug fixes.

According to the release note, Whisker Menu 1.5 adds an option to set background opacity and allows searching Xfce settings manager items.

Whisker Menu 1.5 for Xfce

There are also a few bug fixes, UI improvements and translations updates. See the full changes:

  • Fix search activation to allow input methods (bug #11271)
  • Fix broken menu when closed by window manager (bug #11287)
  • Fix unnecessary assignment to NULL
  • Fix possible null pointer dereference
  • Add option to set background opacity
  • Add command to edit profile
  • Add profile picture
  • Add customizable limit for recently used
  • Add support for non-square panel button icon
  • Add items of Xfce settings manager to allow searching
  • Expand subcategories when activated
  • Load default settings from XDG location
  • Make launchers executable when they are added to desktop
  • Rearrange options in configuration dialog
  • Refactor list page code
  • Rename option for including favorites in recently used
  • Rename option to use single panel row
  • Rename button to match default menu applet
  • Use a single instance of the garcon menu
  • Translation updates: Bulgarian, Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese (Taiwan)

How to Install/Upgrade Whisker Menu:

For Linux Mint 17.1 (or 17), (X)Ubuntu 12.04, (X)Ubuntu 14.04, and later, this software and future updates are available in the developer’s PPA.

To add the PPA, open terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa

whisker menu ppa

Then update your system package cache and install/upgrade the app via below 2 commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin

If you’re first time using this app launcher, you have to manually add it to panel from panel preferences -> panel items.