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    Default Xfce -- taskbar

    I'm running openSUSE 12.2 (64 bit) on a Lenovo X220t. I've been using Xfce for a few days, and overall I am very happy with it (I formerly enjoyed Gnome, under openSUSE 11.4).

    However there is one aspect that is aggravating. I use multiple workspaces, and typically inany given workspace I will have a number of open windows (partially or totally hiding each other) as well as some minimized windows. To navigate between these windows, I'd like to have each one identified in the panel; but all I am able to see is those windows that have been minimized.

    Yes, I can right click on the desktop and sort it out, but that is indirect and shouldn't be necessary. I've dribbled around in the Settings Manager, and the cure is not obvious to me.

    In any given workspace, I want the panel to show all applications that are open, whether or not they are minimized. It's probably easy, but I am stumped. Thanks, JDW

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    Default Re: Xfce -- taskbar

    On 2012-12-22 19:36, j1d1w1 wrote:
    > In any given workspace, I want the panel to show all applications that
    > are open, whether or not they are minimized. It's probably easy, but I
    > am stumped. Thanks, JDW


    I have never seen that feature you ask for. It is normal that only the
    applications that have a window are displayed in the panel.

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    Hello Carlos,

    I guess I must not have explained it clearly. Unless I'm mistaken (I'll check later today on my other machine, on which I use Gnome) under Gnome it didn't matter whether a window was minimized or up there to use, it did appear in the panel. But irrespective of that, the immediate problem I'm having is that applications that DO have a window are not showing up in the panel. Thus if they're hiding each other it's a little irksome to have to go looking for them. Cheers JDW

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2012-12-22 19:36, j1d1w1 wrote:
    > In any given workspace, I want the panel to show all applications that
    > are open, whether or not they are minimized. It's probably easy, but I
    > am stumped. Thanks, JDW


    I have never seen that feature you ask for. It is normal that only the
    applications that have a window are displayed in the panel.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.4, with Evergreen, x86_64 "Celadon" (Minas Tirith))

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    Default Re: Xfce -- taskbar

    On 2012-12-22 20:46, j1d1w1 wrote:
    >
    > Hello Carlos,
    >
    > I guess I must not have explained it clearly. Unless I'm mistaken (I'll
    > check later today on my other machine, on which I use Gnome) under Gnome
    > it didn't matter whether a window was minimized or up there to use, it
    > did appear in the panel. But irrespective of that, the immediate problem
    > I'm having is that applications that DO have a window are not showing up
    > in the panel. Thus if they're hiding each other it's a little irksome to
    > have to go looking for them. Cheers JDW
    >


    I'm using 11.4 and gnome, and minimized windows are not listed in the
    panel of desktops. They appear in the panel bar of the current desktop,
    and then, only those applications of the current desktop (this may be
    configurable).

    At home I have another machine with 12.1 and xfce, and the behaviour is
    the same.

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    Default Re: Xfce -- taskbar

    I can't see how to attach screenshots, but for sure under Gnome (on a different machine, running openSUSE 11.4) the panel displays both minimized and open (un-minimized) windows from the active workspace.

    This is not the case under Xfce as I have it configured (accidentally or otherwise), where applications that DO have a window are not showing up. The issue is that you have to fiddle to get to a window that is hidden behind others. JDW

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    On 2012-12-22 22:26, j1d1w1 wrote:
    >
    > I can't see how to attach screenshots, but for sure under
    > Gnome (on a different machine, running openSUSE 11.4) the panel displays
    > both minimized and open (un-minimized) windows from the active
    > workspace.


    By panel do you mean the small thing that displays a square for each
    desktop, and inside small squares for each window running in that desktop?

    I do not see minimized apps there. Impossible.

    If you mean the horizontal bar with a rectangle for each running
    application, with the name printed, then yes, both minimized and normal
    windows are listed.

    > up. The issue is that you have to fiddle to get to a window that is
    > hidden behind others. JDW


    I don't. I just alt-tab, or alt-shift-tab, till I get to the one I want.

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    Default Re: Xfce -- taskbar

    I mean "the horizontal bar with a rectangle for each running application, with the name printed" -- this is what I get under Gnome, but not under Xfce, where I only get to see minimized windows.

    I'm not sure how to interpret your "I don't. I just alt-tab, or alt-shift-tab, till I get to the one I want." -- I guess you mean you don't regard this as having to fiddle. I guess one might get used to it, but it sure is handy to have all windows laid out on the panel. Thanks for the help. JDW

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2012-12-22 22:26, j1d1w1 wrote:
    >
    > I can't see how to attach screenshots, but for sure under
    > Gnome (on a different machine, running openSUSE 11.4) the panel displays
    > both minimized and open (un-minimized) windows from the active
    > workspace.


    By panel do you mean the small thing that displays a square for each
    desktop, and inside small squares for each window running in that desktop?

    I do not see minimized apps there. Impossible.

    If you mean the horizontal bar with a rectangle for each running
    application, with the name printed, then yes, both minimized and normal
    windows are listed.

    > up. The issue is that you have to fiddle to get to a window that is
    > hidden behind others. JDW


    I don't. I just alt-tab, or alt-shift-tab, till I get to the one I want.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.4, with Evergreen, x86_64 "Celadon" (Minas Tirith))

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    Default Re: Xfce -- taskbar

    I think what he means is the window- buttons in the xfce4-panel.
    It is customizable, just rightclick the window-button in the panel and you can enable the option to show labels plus the icon even if it is maximize.

    Edit:
    To do, open one application, when you see the icon in the panel
    before it you will see a tiny horizontal lines, right click it, the rest is self explanatory.
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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    If I right click with the mouse over the panel my options are Properties (not helpful), Move, Remove and Panel... if I go with Panel I don't find this option... maybe I have not understod where to look.

    Quote Originally Posted by conram View Post
    I think what he means is the window- buttons in the xfce4-panel.
    It is customizable, just rightclick the window-button in the panel and you can enable the option to show labels plus the icon even if it is maximize.

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    Default Re: Xfce -- taskbar

    Quote Originally Posted by j1d1w1 View Post
    If I right click with the mouse over the panel my options are Properties (not helpful), Move, Remove and Panel... if I go with Panel I don't find this option... maybe I have not understod where to look.
    I edited my first post, please have another look at it.
    even if there is no open application just find the window-button and right click the mouse on top of it.

    To add you maybe using a different one it might be the window-menu but they work all the same
    and the proper way of customizing are the same for both.

    Edit:
    When you find it and right click on top it will show the name and not the panel
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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