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#1 2014-04-30 04:32:29

Pedroski55
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xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Hi, I have 2 panels, one on the left and one at the bottom of the desktop. Is there a hotkey setting to make them open or close? Especially the lower panel, panel 2 is very unresponsive, I can't get it to open, so I have it locked and almost transparent. It would be nicer still if it would open if  the mouse went over it anywhere, not just the corner. Is this possible??

The side panel opens ok when the mouse goes in the top or bottom corner. But that would be nice too if it could open anywhere along its length.

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#2 2014-04-30 04:59:52

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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Pedroski55 wrote:

Hi, I have 2 panels, one on the left and one at the bottom of the desktop. Is there a hotkey setting to make them open or close?

You could assign the command:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-1/autohide -T

...to a hotkey (Settings Manager >> Keyboard >> Application Shortcuts), make sure you change "panel-1" to the actual panel number that you want affected. This command will toggle the autohide setting for the panel.

Especially the lower panel, panel 2 is very unresponsive, I can't get it to open, so I have it locked and almost transparent. It would be nicer still if it would open if  the mouse went over it anywhere, not just the corner. Is this possible??

The side panel opens ok when the mouse goes in the top or bottom corner. But that would be nice too if it could open anywhere along its length.

This is really odd behaviour. Can we see all the parameters for your panels?

xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -lv

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#3 2014-04-30 05:02:46

Pedroski55
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Thanks for that.
[pedro@pedro-bedro ~]$ xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -lv
/configver                             2
/panels                                <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/panels/panel-1/autohide               true
/panels/panel-1/background-alpha       100
/panels/panel-1/background-color       <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/panels/panel-1/background-style       1
/panels/panel-1/enter-opacity          99
/panels/panel-1/leave-opacity          75
/panels/panel-1/length                 100
/panels/panel-1/mode                   2
/panels/panel-1/plugin-ids             <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/panels/panel-1/position               p=6;x=41;y=384
/panels/panel-1/position-locked        false
/panels/panel-1/size                   74
/panels/panel-2/autohide               false
/panels/panel-2/disable-struts         true
/panels/panel-2/enter-opacity          75
/panels/panel-2/leave-opacity          75
/panels/panel-2/length                 52
/panels/panel-2/length-adjust          true
/panels/panel-2/plugin-ids             <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/panels/panel-2/position               p=10;x=683;y=743
/panels/panel-2/position-locked        true
/panels/panel-2/size                   28
/plugins/plugin-1                      applicationsmenu
/plugins/plugin-10                     launcher
/plugins/plugin-10/items               <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/plugins/plugin-11                     launcher
/plugins/plugin-11/items               <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/plugins/plugin-12                     launcher
/plugins/plugin-12/items               <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/plugins/plugin-13                     separator
/plugins/plugin-13/style               1
/plugins/plugin-14                     directorymenu
/plugins/plugin-14/base-directory      /home/pedro
/plugins/plugin-15                     separator
/plugins/plugin-15/expand              true
/plugins/plugin-15/style               1
/plugins/plugin-16                     datetime
/plugins/plugin-17                     quicklauncher
/plugins/plugin-2                      actions
/plugins/plugin-3                      tasklist
/plugins/plugin-4                      pager
/plugins/plugin-4/rows                 3
/plugins/plugin-4/workspace-scrolling  false
/plugins/plugin-5                      clock
/plugins/plugin-5/mode                 2
/plugins/plugin-6                      systray
/plugins/plugin-6/names-visible        <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/plugins/plugin-7                      showdesktop
/plugins/plugin-8                      separator
/plugins/plugin-8/style                1
/plugins/plugin-9                      launcher
/plugins/plugin-9/items                <<UNSUPPORTED>>
[pedro@pedro-bedro ~]$

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#4 2014-04-30 10:26:49

ToZ
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Does the keyboard shortcut work for you?

I notice the length of panel-2 is "52" - only about half the height of the screen (if panel-2 is your side bar). This means its only responsive for half the height. Is this possibly the reason why its not responsive? Hovering your mouse over any of the other 48% of the screen area will not get the panel to respond.

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#5 2014-04-30 11:50:13

Pedroski55
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Hi, no, panel 2 is at the bottom of the screen. The left side panel is ok, it opens when I move the mouse to the top left or bottom left corner. vMaybe I should move panel 2 to the right side!

Any hot key tips??

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#6 2014-04-30 14:03:11

ToZ
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Pedroski55 wrote:

Hi, no, panel 2 is at the bottom of the screen. The left side panel is ok, it opens when I move the mouse to the top left or bottom left corner. vMaybe I should move panel 2 to the right side!

Try changing the length of Panel 2 to 100% to see if that helps.

Any hot key tips??

Yes. Did you try what I suggested in my first post?

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#7 2014-04-30 22:20:56

Pedroski55
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Thanks again. Yes, I did look at Settings>Keyboard, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I'll try again.

Is there any way to make a panel responsive to the mouse over its entire length?? Ubuntu has that.

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#8 2014-04-30 22:26:50

ToZ
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Pedroski55 wrote:

Thanks again. Yes, I did look at Settings>Keyboard, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. I'll try again.

- On the "Applications shortcut" tab, click on the "Add" button"
- For the command, enter "xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-1/autohide -T" and press "Ok"
- On the next dialog, press the shortcut key(s) you want to use.

Is there any way to make a panel responsive to the mouse over its entire length?? Ubuntu has that.

Did you change the length to 100%?
If you hold the mouse against the bottom of the screen for a longer period of time, does it help?
Are there certain areas of the panel where hovering the mouse never brings the panel up? If so, where?

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#9 2014-04-30 22:35:32

Pedroski55
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Sometimes, only sometimes, if I get the mouse over the very left corner of the bottom panel, the panel will open. Maybe this is a problem with compiz. I use 9 virtual desktops, and I love 'wobbly windows'.

Haven't changed the length yet, this is Ubuntu I'm using right now. If I set the bottom panel to 100%, it will clash with the panel on the left.

Thanks for the tips, I'll get back to you on that later.

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#10 2014-05-02 23:15:55

Pedroski55
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

With the bottom Panel, Panel 2 at 100% it does open nicely when I go to the bottom left or right corner. However, the left panel, panel 1 now only opens from the top left corner, not the bottom left.

Is there a way to make them respond to the mouse over their entire length, as in Ubuntu?? If not, I would like to suggest that for a future update.

Apart from that, I like xfce, it is cool! Thanks for the advice.

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#11 2014-05-02 23:24:50

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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

Pedroski55 wrote:

With the bottom Panel, Panel 2 at 100% it does open nicely when I go to the bottom left or right corner. However, the left panel, panel 1 now only opens from the top left corner, not the bottom left.

Thats because the bottom panel is overlapping the left panel and taking precedence. Decrease the width and position the bottom panel so that it is off of the left panel and you should be fine.

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#12 2014-05-02 23:32:31

Pedroski55
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Re: xcfe panels open and close hot keys

No, sorry, then the original problem is back: the panel will not open, so I have to put it on lock. On an empty desktop, I can see a thin grey line at the bottom. I have set Panel 2 to 75%. I can fiddle around with the mouse on either end of the Panel, but it will only very occasionally open, and it is not easy to make it open.

That is why I said, if it were responsive along its entire length, that would be better. No problem, I can lock it open.

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