Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

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Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby GeneC » 14 Aug 2013 22:56

EDIT:
I just (AUG 25) updated the Original Post to include direct download links to appropriate .debs.
Just click the link (for the appropriate architecture) and it will download. Then double click the .deb (It will be in your 'Download" folder), and gdebi will install it...
Let me know if there are any issues, and I will edit.. ;)

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SolydXK's basic premise with SolydX (xfce) is to provide a lighter OS than SolydK (kde). But there are several XFCE users (myself included) who like it with more bling. These apps added to SolydX let you customize its appearance (and in some case function) more to your preference.
There are several old threads for each individual item but they tend to get buried in back pages after several days.
I thought it would be handy to have them all together. If you have any of your own please add them... :)
Most have been compiled and made into .debs by our own "zerozero" (thanks).. :)
Whisker Menu is now in the repo.

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1.

Whisker Menu
(In our repo)
Run this command in terminal to install =

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apt install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin
About Whisker Menu

Whisker Menu is an alternate application launcher for Xfce. When you open it you are shown a list of applications you have marked as favorites. You can browse through all of your installed applications by clicking on the category buttons on the side. Top level categories make browsing fast, and simple to switch between. Additionally, Whisker Menu keeps a list of the last ten applications that you’ve launched from it.

Favorites are easy to add and reorder. When browsing through your applications, right-click on any of them and select “Add to Favorites”. Simply drag and drop your favorites list to arrange them to suit your needs. You can remove them at any time from another right-click option.

If you’re not sure exactly where a program is listed, instead of browsing through each category you can simply enter a search term. The search field is focused when opening the menu, so you can just start typing. Application descriptions as well as names are searched, which allows you to find a program by using a general word (such as “browser” to find all web browsers installed on your computer).

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Changes in Whisker Menu 1.1.0:
Added external command to popup menu;
Added option to show label with or instead of icon;
Add option to switch categories by hovering;
Added choosing icon sizes of launchers and categories;
Added scrolling to sidebar;
Added menu action to clear recently used;
Added menu actions to sort favorites alphabetically;
Added icons to context menu;
New search algorithm;
Refactored category code;
Show launcher name in context menu;
Many fixes and other changes.

[rimg]http://imageshack.us/a/img818/4880/5v4u.png[/rimg]

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2.

XFCE Theme Manager
(Debs below)
ThemeManager 32 bit .deb
ThemeManager64 bit .deb
it's an unified GUI to control all the theme related aspects of the xfce desktop

Xfce Theme Manager allows settings the following: (quoting webupd8)
complete Xfce theme (window border, controls)
window borders only
controls only
icon theme
cursor theme
change the wallpaper
customizable theme preview size: you can choose between huge, large, medium and small previews;
save the current theme (in case you use the window border from one theme and the controls from another theme for instance) which includes the wallpaper, font and so on;
install themes using drag'n'drop (the themes must be tar.gz archives);
reset the theme.
[rimg]http://forums.solydxk.com/download/file ... &mode=view[/rimg]

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3.

XFCE Composite Editor
(Deb Below)
XFCE Composite Editor 32bit .debs
XFCE Composite Editor 64bit .debs
simple GUI to control the various Xfce4 WM tweaks that are not available via the "Window Manager Tweaks" control panel.
These settings are available via the xconf settings editor but that is one of the most awkward GUI's I have ever used as you have to select the xfwm4 channel, expand the tree, scroll to the option you want, select it, click edit, change the setting and click save, then the tree gets collapsed and you have to start again!
So this nice simple GUI to control the composite manager, the settings are self explanatory.
[rimg]http://forums.solydxk.com/download/file ... &mode=view[/rimg]

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4.

Customize GTK2/3 Colors
(Debs Below)
Customize GTK2/3 Colors 32bit .debs
Customize GTK2/3 Colors 64bit .debs
Satya, who's behind some beautiful GTK and GNOME Shell themes, has created a cool new tool that lets you customize GTK theme colors.

Right now, `GTK Theme Preferences` (that's the name of the tool) works with any GTK2 and GTK3 theme and lets you customize the following:
selected background color
Xfce panel, Gnome panel and Unity panel: background and text color
menu background and font color

Even though this is a brand new tool, it seems that GTK Theme Preferences might be included by default in the upcoming Xubuntu 13.04.

A similar feature was available in GNOME 2 by default, but unfortunately it wasn't included in GNOME 3 and since then, GNOME (this includes Unity) users who like to customize the GTK theme colors had to do it manually, by changing configuration files. Well, that's not the case anymore thanks to GTK Theme Preferences. The application comes with a limited set of features for now as you can see (which are still very useful), but hopefully it will gain even more customization options in the future.
[rimg]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-blKBEqdMGIs/U ... -prefs.png[/rimg]

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5.

SolydXK Conky
(In our repo)
Run this command in terminal to install =

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apt install solydxk-conky
Informational Thread

On SolydX
[rimg]http://imageshack.us/a/img29/8404/35lo.png[/rimg]

On SolydK (thanks to MAYBL8)... :)
[rimg]http://imageshack.us/a/img37/3856/w7z.png[/rimg]

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6.

XFCE Drop Down Terminal.

[rimg]http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/2456/7f64.png[/rimg]

Instructions HERE

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All nice and worth using..
(To be continued)... 8-)
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Re: Nice additions for XFCE (applications)

Postby GeneC » 14 Aug 2013 23:24

Thanks to 'zz' for making this a 'sticky'... :)

If anyone see any errors or bad link, or whatever. Let me know. I'll fix.
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Re: Nice additions for XFCE (applications)

Postby zerozero » 14 Aug 2013 23:27

GeneC wrote:(i get cranky without my ovaltine..)... :mrgreen:
heh cya tomorrow
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Re: Hot apps to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby roger64 » 25 Aug 2013 09:26

Hi

I tried to install the theme-manager from here:
http://xfce-look.org/content/download.p ... f5850a5aa4

but I did not succeed to compile (using the recommended Debian install)

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roger@solidx:~/Téléchargements/Xfce-Theme-Manager-0.3.4$ ./configure --prefix=/usr
checking for g++... g++
checking whether the C++ compiler works... yes
checking for C++ compiler default output file name... a.out
checking for suffix of executables... 
checking whether we are cross compiling... no
checking for suffix of object files... o
checking whether we are using the GNU C++ compiler... yes
checking whether g++ accepts -g... yes
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
/bin/bash: /home/roger/Téléchargements/Xfce-Theme-Manager-0.3.4/missing: No such file or directory
configure: WARNING: 'missing' script is too old or missing
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking for style of include used by make... GNU
checking whether make supports nested variables... yes
checking dependency style of g++... gcc3
checking for gcc... gcc
checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
checking dependency style of gcc... gcc3
checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -E
checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... /bin/grep
checking for egrep... /bin/grep -E
checking for ANSI C header files... yes
checking whether gcc and cc understand -c and -o together... yes
checking for pkg-config... /usr/bin/pkg-config
checking pkg-config is at least version 0.9.0... yes
checking for GTK... yes
checking for GLIB... yes
checking for GTHREAD... yes
checking for XCURSOR... yes
checking for XFCE4UI... yes
checking for XFCONF... yes
checking for unzip... true
checking that generated files are newer than configure... done
configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: creating Makefile
config.status: creating Xfce-Theme-Manager/app/Makefile
config.status: creating config.h
config.status: executing depfiles commands
roger@solidx:~/Téléchargements/Xfce-Theme-Manager-0.3.4$ make
(CDPATH="${ZSH_VERSION+.}:" && cd . && autoheader)
/bin/bash: autoheader : commande introuvable
make: *** [config.h.in] Erreur 127

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Re: Hot apps to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby GeneC » 25 Aug 2013 10:51

Hi roger

EDIT:
I just updated the OP to include direct deb downloads.


No need to compile. You can simple download the .deb (at the end of this first post) =
[...]

Just double click and gdebi (after downloading it) and it will install for you.... ;)
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Re: Hot apps to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby roger64 » 25 Aug 2013 11:57

Hi Gene

Thanks for your help.

Something seems to be wrong with your dropbox link. I get an "error 400".

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Re: Hot apps to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby GeneC » 25 Aug 2013 12:11

Hi Roger... :)

I edited the Original Post to include direct links to the deb downloads (after I figured out how.. :lol: ..)

Try going to the first post and download the deb... Let me know how you made out... I'll try to correct any errors... ;)
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Re: Hot apps to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby roger64 » 25 Aug 2013 12:17

Download is OK. Thanks again. :D

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Re: Hot apps to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby GeneC » 25 Aug 2013 12:24

Sucess..... :mrgreen:
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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby NGIB » 12 Sep 2013 18:42

I have to try a few of these this evening...

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby jsalpha2 » 13 Sep 2013 18:52

I still have this link bookmarked. http://forums.solydxk.com/viewtopic.php ... ilit=tweak

Every install I do I have to go back, because my memory is gone.

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby GeneC » 14 Sep 2013 20:33

Sept 14

Added #6 (To OP)

XFCE Drop Down Terminal..

Also HERE
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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby twa » 30 Sep 2013 11:57

Hi,
have installed the XFCE Theme Manager but now whichever wallpaper I install or choose is only in grey, no colors.
any solution ? thanks

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby JOM » 15 Oct 2013 23:44

[SOLVED] Thanks.

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby Quantum » 29 Oct 2013 21:40

Find here

Here's a little addition that you'll wonder how you ever did without. In Thunar, right-click any folder and get Find here in the context menu.

I think Catfish is pretty worthless because I am usually searching for text within files. So I first:
# sudo apt-get install kfind

Now make a right-click menu entry. In Thunar:
- Edit|ConfigureCustomActions and hit + to create a new one.
- Name: Find here, Description: KFindSU, Command: /usr/bin/gksu /usr/bin/kfind %F, and set the icon to a magnifying glass. (Hint: Action Items, System search.
- OK and Close, and restart Thunar.

Now anywhere you go you will have 'Find here', which saves tons of time and clicks once you get used to it.

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby Quantum » 29 Oct 2013 21:43

Clean up that text

Out of the box, XFCE text isn't as good as it could be. Clean it up this way:

- Menu|Settings|Appearance
- Hit the Fonts tab
- Make sure that 'Enable anti-aliasing' is checked
- Set Hinting to Slight
- Set Sub-pixel order to RGB.

Now your text will be much clearer.

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby Quantum » 29 Oct 2013 22:15

Mouse-over shows window location

Ever wonder which window that an icon in the Panel applies to?

- Right-click the panel, Panel, Panel Preferences
- Hit the Items tab
- Click Window Buttons and then the Edit button on the right
- Check 'Draw window frame when hovering a button'

Now when you mouse over any app in the Panel, its outline will appear so you can see which one it is.

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby zerozero » 31 Oct 2013 02:29

Quantum,
nice additions 8-)
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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby Quantum » 31 Oct 2013 04:58

That's about it for me and XFCE. I've now officially switched back to KDE after a year of experimenting with XFCE. It's nice and fast, but has limitations. (not being able to set owner:group in Thunar, really? Stand on your head, close one eye, and do contortions for pkexec?) Doesn't seem like there's any progress with it.

Whups, spoke too soon. KDE doesn't work at all, running dolphin/kfm as root. Back to XFCE.

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Re: Hot additions to customize XFCE ! [How To's]

Postby J.Jay » 03 Nov 2013 11:35

Wouldn't this be better to sticky in the 'Xfce specific' forum/area.

I wanted to find but forgot where was (only rembered it was a 'Gene C' post :oops: )

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