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Friday, January 21, 2011

Maximise vertical space in xfce(xubuntu). Use window panel applets

Gnome and Xfce use two panels at the top. One is the top panel, and the other is the title bar with window buttons. This not only violates Fritts' law, but also wastes a lot of vertical space. Thankfully you can merge them into one, using gnome-window applets.

Gnome-window applets are two gnome-panel applets. One adds window buttons, while the other window title. Using both, we can do away with the need of a title bar.

Here is how you install it in Xubuntu.

1. First install xfapplet. This allows the xfpanel to support gnome-applets.
sudo apt-get install xfapplet
2. Now add the window-applets ppa, and install the window applets
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tsbarnes/misc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-window-applets
3. Now using xfapplet, add the two applets at their desired position on the panel ( see screen shots)

4. Now that you have added the applets to the panel. the next step is to disable the window decorations of xfwm4 for maximised windows, in effect removing the title bar. For this we install an app called maximus.
sudo apt-get install maximus
5. Add maximus to the list of auto-started applications . Go to xfce-settings manager. Choose session and startup. Go to autostarted applications and add maximus.

6.Look at the screenshot. Notice the buttons at the extreme right of the panel and the title at the centre.

 Thats it folks

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