Basics of the Drauger OS desktop

Many people do not like the Drauger OS desktop for one reason or another. And that is okay. Part of the beauty of Xfce, the Drauger OS desktop environment, is that it’s endlessly reconfigurable while also being lightweight, stable, and modular.

In this Wiki article, we aim to show users how to USE Xfce as it comes set up on Drauger OS.

This article DOES NOT COVER: how to reconfigure Xfce, how to modify Xfce by installing or removing components, or how to install or uninstall Xfce. If you wish for tutorials on any of these, let us know in a comment and we will make one!


When navigating Drauger OS, you can either use the keyboard or the mouse, but for this article we will focus mostly on the mouse usage.

Work spaces

Work spaces are a feature of *nix systems that helps with organization of application windows. You can find the workspace menu on the top panel on the Drauger OS desktop:

As outlined by the long red rectangle, you can easily access your work spaces here.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard commands Ctrl + Alt + Left and Ctrl + Alt + Right to move to the work spaces on the left or right of the currently active workspace, respectively.

Launching Apps

Launching apps is fairly easy on Drauger OS. You can click on the Drauger OS icon on the top panel to the far left to bring up the applications menu:

Or, you can right-click on the desktop and launch an app through the menu that appears:

Using both these methods, you can easily launch almost any app.

Disappearing Panels

Something that seems to confuse some people is that the panels on the desktop use intelligent hiding. This means that whenever a window is drawn over them they disappear. But, this does not mean they are inaccessible.

As you can see in the screenshot below, neither of the panels are visible, let alone usable right now, due to the Terminal window overlapping where they go:

However, this does not mean the panels are inaccessible. If you hover over the small sliver of screen space indicated, the panel will return on top of all windows:

Once the panel reappears, as long as you remain hovering over it, it will remain visible:

Alternatively, you can hit the Meta or Super key (Windows key on most laptops and desktops) to pull up the application menu, which will quickly bring up the top panel as well.

System Functions

More specifically, we mean rebooting, shutting down, logging out, switching users, and suspending the system. To do this, the quickest method is by using the buttons on the far left of the bottom panel: