Friday, May 18, 2012

[FIX] Shrunk Window List in Xfce 4.10 Panel

After upgrading to Xfce 4.10 all items on the Xfce panel were align to the left. This happens because in Xfce 4.10 the "Window Buttons" panel item no longer expands, one has to add a separator and set this separator to expand.


Open a terminal window and run:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /plugins/plugin-3/expand -n -t bool -s true

Things should be back to normal by now. But if the problem persists, open the panel preferences, check if there's a separator after the "Window Buttons" item and the separator should be set to "expand":


Xfce 4.10 tour


  1. Hi great post. Really helped me. By the way, what font is that you're using?

  2. Great Tip! Thanks.

  3. I'm sorry for the off-topic question, but do you know how to make app shortcuts in Xfce Panels open an already running app ?

    For example, if Chrome is running, I want the app shortcut in Xfce panel to open the running Chrome, not open a new window..

    1. If it's possible I don't know how. A while back I was seeking for this functionality and installed AWN (Avant Window Navigator) and ended up replacing all panels with this dock.

      I have intentions to write a article on how to replace xfce4-panel with AWN, so stay tuned :)

  4. Thanks for the fix!