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Xfce desktop session in Ubuntu 14.04 /14.10 does not display Network Manager, Messaging Menu, Keyboard Input, and Power icons on the panel out-of-the-box.

Thanks to Mark Trompell, it’s quite easy to add those icons back to Xfce panel by a small plugin called xfce4-indicator-plugin.

Xfce4 Indicator Plugins

1. To install the plugin, open Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install the package xfce4-indicator-plugin.

2. Once you have the plugin installed, right-click on Xfce panel and navigate to “Panel -> Panel Preferences ….

Under Items tab, add new item “Indicator Plugin” and put it right after the “Notification Area” plugin.

Xfce4 Indicator Plugin

While the plugin includes the time and session menu, you can remove the “Clock” and “Action Buttons” from the list.

3. The xfce4-indicator-plugin includes the Global Menu indicator, which displays application menus on panel.

If you don’t like this feature, right-click on the Network Manager icon and select Properties. When it opens, tick the box after “Application Menus (Global Menu)” to hide the applet.

Disable Global Menu

Log out and back in to apply the changes.

Windows Like Start Menu

Quick tutorial that shows you how to install and use Whisker Menu, a Windows like Start Menu for Linux, in (X)Ubuntu Xfce4 Desktop.

Whisker Menu is an alternate application launcher for Xfce Desktop. It is the default app launcher in Linux Mint Xfce edition since Mint 15 Olivia. With it, you can search for and browse through all of your installed applications.

Whisker Menu in Xfce4

Install Whisker Menu:

For (X)Ubuntu 15.04, (X)Ubuntu 14.10, and (X)Ubuntu 14.04, just click the link below to bring up Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

Click to Install Whisker Menu

For (X)Ubuntu 12.04, install it from the developer’s PPA by running the commands below one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin

To add the menu to panel:

  1. Right-click on panel and navigate to panel -> panel preferences …
  2. When the preferences window opens, navigate to Items tab
  3. Click on the green plus sign to add new item.
  4. Search for and add Whisker Menu to the Items list.
  5. Finally click the arrow button to move it to the top.

Add Whisker Menu to Launcher

Set Windows (Super) key to launch Whisker Menu:

  1. Start Settings Manager from the menu, and navigate to Keyboard
  2. When the Keyboard utility opens, navigate to Application Shortcuts tab.
  3. Add new shortcut with command xfce4-popup-whiskermenu
  4. Press the Super/Windows key when it prompts.


Theming Whisker Menu: See the developer’s post.

Remove Xfce Desktop Icons

Quick tutorial that shows beginners how to remove the shortcut icons from Xfce4 Desktop in (X)Ubuntu 14.10, (X)Ubuntu 14.04.

Xfce4 shows Home, Devices, Trash icons on desktop out-of-the-box. You can’t simply remove them from the right-click context menu. But it’s easy to hide or disable them via the Desktop Settings utility.

1. Open Desktop Settings from the Application Menu. Or right-click on desktop and select it from the pop-up context menu.

Xfce Desktop Settings

2. When the utility opens, navigate to Icons tab. Un-check all the boxes under Desktop Icons.

Note that you might need to re-size the window so that you can see the checkboxes.

Disable Desktop Icons

This should remove user’s Home, Trash, and Devices icons.

If you want to hide all desktop icons besides removing application shortcuts from ~/Desktops folder, just set Icon Type to None. Note that this also changes the desktop right-click menu.

xfce4 window titlebar & buttons on panel

This simple tutorial shows Xubuntu or Xfce4 users how to get the titlebar & control buttons of maximized window on the panel using Windowck plugin.

First take a look at the result (Ubuntu 14.04 with Xfce 4.10). You’ll see the title of current Firefox tab on top panel and the window control buttons on the top-right.


To get started:

1. Install the xfce4-windowck-plugin, written by Alessio Piccoli and C├ędric Leporcq.

Download the binary from the link below that matches your OS type:

  1. 64-bit system – xfce4-windowck-plugin_xxx~trusty_amd64.deb
  2. 32-bit system – xfce4-windowck-plugin_xxx~trusty_i386.deb

Download Xfce4-windowck-plugin

Then double-click the package to open with Software Center and click the install button to install it.

2. Add the ‘Window Header – Title’ and ‘Window Header – Buttons’ to panel.

Now right-click on panel and navigate to panel -> panel preferences. Add the two panel items ‘Window Header – Title’ & ‘Window Header – Buttons’ and move them to appropriate locations:


After that, maximize a window and you’ll see the window title and buttons on the panel.

3. To get better appearances, do:

  • Use Window Menu instead of Window Buttons in panel, see above picture
  • Hide the original titlebar when the window is maximized.

    To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

    sudo apt-get install maximus
    gconftool-2 --set /apps/maximus/no_maximize --type=bool true

    Log out and back in to get it work.

4.(Optional) Uninstall.

Just remove the two panel items from the above picture and run below command to restore maximized window decorations:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/maximus/no_maximize --type=bool false


xfce4 drop-down terminal

As you may know, Xfce4 terminal supports the Quake style drop-down mode since version 0.6. Just a parameter --drop-down will start xfce4-terminal just like quake, yakuake, or tilda.

Xfce4 Terminal Quake Style

It is advised to bind this feature to a shortcut in the keyboard preferences. Below steps will teach you how:

1. Open xfce4-setting-manager from Application menu or Alt+F2 Application Finder box.

2. Click on the Keyboard icon under Hardware section.

3. Under Application Shortcuts tab, click on the Add button and type in the command box xfce4-terminal --drop-down

Xfce terminal Quake style

4. Click on OK and set a keyboard shortcut in next window.

Now you’re able to press the keyboard shortcut to launch a drop-down Xfce4 terminal. Click the button at right-bottom to open the preferences dialog and edit the width, height, opacity, duration and more!