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#1 2021-09-06 01:01:26

jameson
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Registered: 2021-09-06
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Is there a way to make the taskbar tabs square shaped?

Like those of Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

I would like to switch to Xubuntu but this is holding me back a bit.

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The icons from the taskbar on the left are from Linux Mint.

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#2 2021-09-06 01:26:47

ToZ
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Re: Is there a way to make the taskbar tabs square shaped?

Hello and welcome.

If I understand correctly...

1. Right-click the panel and select Panel > Panel Preferences and on the "Display" tab, change the Mode to Deskbar.

2. Then on the Items tab, double-click on the "Window Buttons" entry and uncheck "Show Button Labels".

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#3 2021-09-06 02:14:23

jameson
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Re: Is there a way to make the taskbar tabs square shaped?

Thx.

The second point alone gives the best result because for some reason the Clock becomes horizontal with the fist point.

I also did: Window grouping: Always. Which I think looks nice.

By increasing the Row size to 36 px I get the Window Buttons to scale, but some of the items at the bottom of the taskbar don't scale well as you can see from the image.

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#4 2021-09-06 02:45:12

ToZ
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Re: Is there a way to make the taskbar tabs square shaped?

Assuming Xfce 4.16, try adding this to ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css (create the file if it doesn't exist):

/* shrink some panel icons */
#xfce4-power-manager-plugin > box > image { -gtk-icon-transform: scale(0.8); }
#xfce4-notification-plugin > image { -gtk-icon-transform: scale(0.8); }
#pulseaudio-button > image { -gtk-icon-transform: scale(0.8); }

..and restart the panel:

xfce4-panel -r

You can adjust the 0.8 value to resize the icon sizes until they suit. "1.0" is the default size that you see.

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#5 2021-09-06 13:41:06

jameson
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Re: Is there a way to make the taskbar tabs square shaped?

Thanks a lot it looks great now.

Is there a list somewhere of the items #xfce4-power-manager-plugin, #xfce4-notification-plugin, ... ?

In order to be able to add them to the file if I ever add a new item to the taskbar.

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#6 2021-09-06 16:25:55

ToZ
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Re: Is there a way to make the taskbar tabs square shaped?

You can look at the help pages for each of the plugins (e.g. xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin) as some list this information, you can use the GTK Inspector tool (a basic howto to get you started), or search these forums for "GTK_DEBUG" - there have been many threads about theming Xfce and it's components.

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#7 2021-09-10 05:36:00

jameson
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Re: Is there a way to make the taskbar tabs square shaped?

Noted, thanks.

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