Once again I just want to say a big thank you to the Xfce team for continuing to develop this great desktop environment. After trying Cinnamon, Mate, KDE & Enlightenment, I settled on Xfce & have not looked back. Excellent work!
The one thing I REALLY miss is the ability to middle click on an open application in the panel and have it close - when one keeps multiple apps open at one time, being able to skip a right click + close is a real bonus. If there is any way that this can be included in a future release, that would go down well with the user base I am sure.
Go well & keep up the great work.
A very happy Manjaro Xfce user...
I just searched for 'middle click', in search of others discussing this idea and was happy to discover that I'm not the only one who wants it. There seem to be a few threads on the topic, other than this one.. one of them presents a patch to apply middle-click closing functionality to the 'task list' .. not sure if 'task list' = 'window buttons'.. but that's what I'm looking to do. I realize I could break down and use tint2, but I'd rather not.
Of course, I don't expect the devs to jump on this, however I would like to voice my support for this functionality. It would be a great addition to xfce4-panel. I imagine the setting to simply be a checkbox within the Window Buttons preferences that says something like "Close windows with middle-click" ..
Another thread mentioned that there could be confusing functionality when used with window grouping and I agree.. I don't really know what would be the best method to solve this conflict. I don't use window grouping, so I hadn't really thought about it until I read that observation. The simplest ideas were to either ignore middle-click close actions on groups or close the entire group. I disable window titles in the Window Button preferences, so I usually have plenty of room for whatever I have open.
The main reason I want this is because I tend to run my system with titlebars disabled. I use Xfce + Compiz and then set the two thumb buttons on the mouse to control window placement/size .. one of them is resize, the other is move. That way, it's a single-click action without the need to hit the window with a lot of precision; I can grab it anywhere for a move and resizing is waaaay easier than finding the corners/edges of the window. The beauty of alt-click without the hassle of using the keyboard.
edit: I should note that I'm currently using Xfce 4.8.. so if this is already part of a newer version, forgive me for my ignorance.
Last edited by desktorp (2013-09-12 20:58:16)
I should note that I'm currently using Xfce 4.8.. so if this is already part of a newer version, forgive me for my ignorance.
I'm running Xfce 4.10 (with 4.10 & 4.12 PPAs) and I couldn't find anything like you describe in it; the only middle-click action I see in my settings is "Show window list menu on desktop middle click" (Settings/Desktop/Menus). That is not to say that such a thing does not exist, lol - only that I didn't see it.
So feel free to request it if you like, as I don't think they've added it yet. You might (IDK) get a direct response from one of the developers if you post to one of the Xfce mailing lists. Here is a web page that contains a "list of the lists:"
Available in git master. Middle click action can be set to "close" or "minimize".