Many people do not like the way that the desktop in Drauger OS looks. However, one of the advantages of using this desktop, Xfce, is it’s extreme amount of configurability. In this wiki article, we aim to explain how to configure the desktop how YOU like it. So, please know that this article will be somewhat ambiguous in places.
For more in-depth information on the configuration of the Xfce desktop, especially for advanced users, we recommend referring to the Arch Wiki article on Xfce.
Getting to Xfce Settings
There are two ways to get to the Xfce desktop settings:
- Hover your mouse cursor over one of the two panels and right-click. Then, click “Panel Preferences” (you may need to click “Panel” before you see “Panel Preferences”).
- Go to the Application Menu on the far left of the top panel.
Click on the gear icon near the bottom right corner of the menu:
Afterwards, the system settings should come up:
This should pull up the panel preferences. Using this window, you should be able to edit the desktop to your heart’s content!
What each of the Settings do
The first section controls the number of panels, as well as which one you are editing.
Specifically, the drop down menu controls which panel you are editing. The plus (+) button adds a panel while the minus (-) button removes a panel.
The button that says “Backup and Restore” is a shortcut to the built-in utility that allows you not only to backup or restore your desktop settings, but also to share desktop configurations with your friends!
Below this, the “Mode” button simply controls whether the panel is Horizontal or Vertical.
The “Lock Panel” is an important setting to remember. Enabling this makes it so that the panel being edited cannot be moved elsewhere on the screen. If you want to move a panel, make sure to disable this setting first.