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pimping xfce 14/15/16

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:25 pm
by usbtux
This has been asked before but here are my Mint 15 xfce tweaks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRpM72yQI9M works with any XFCE 4.10 and above desktop


1. Change the Menu button logo from the cog to the Mint logo!
right-click on icon select properties, and replace its icon with /usr/share/linuxmint/common/artwork/logos/24.png (or 22.png)

2 . move panel to top = right click on panel (top bar) >panel>Display untick lock panel - you will see another icon (handles) to the left of the start/menu - drag into position - retick lock panel.

3. Change transparency of panel right click on panel (top bar) >panel>Appearance
alpha = 30 Leave = 45

4. Change compositing to give the windows shadows, and so forth

Settings Manager -> Window Manager Tweaks -> Compositing see [rimg]http://i.imgur.com/Czu9xQr.png[/rimg]

5. Desktop Tooltips (icon mouse flyovers) can be disabled. In your home folder - hold right Ctrl and H Open the file .gtkrc-2.0 and add the following line to it:

gtk-enable-tooltips = 0

save and close the file then logout and back in

6 Add progs to desktop as req (dont forget to change click Mark Executable at popup)

7. Change wallpaper automatically = Add a folder of backgrounds/wallpapers, the default mint wallpapers are located in /usr/share/backgrounds/linuxmint-olivia . Right click on the desktop and choose "Desktop Settings".
Under Image choose "Image List". Click on the plus sign under the Images window.
A popup windows appears and allows you to chose the images you want
Hold down the shift key when clicking to select long lists of images, or hold the control key to select individual image files from the list. Click "Add" to finish selecting the images.
If necessary select how you would like the background images displayed using the Style menu ( Default - Auto).
You can change how often the wallpaper changes or untick and the wallpaper will change each time you login.

Or install Variety - http://peterlevi.com/variety/how-to-install/ tick start wth computer and change at start.

8. Stop any unwanted startups by changing Settings Manager> Session and Startup> Application Autostart> untick unwanted.

9. Add date to clock - right click clock>Properties - format = Time,then date Date = Sans 6 Time = Sans 10

10. Add shutdown button to panel= right click on panel (top bar) >panel>panel preferences>Items
Click + then Action Buttons,add, close. Click on Action Buttons, then edit on right.
Change Appearance to Action Buttons
In Actions untick every thing except shutdown then close. Click close on panel - you now have a shutdown button. To move items click n the item and use the arrows to move up or down.

11. Start a terminal and right click on the terminal window preferences>appearance>transparency = 0.65

More tweaks can be found at
Further to http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=110&t=109511 and see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnH92h_QHf0

What are your tweaks or pimps?

Re: pimping xfce 15

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:28 pm
by TheCloud
Nice advice :) .I might install Mint xfce 15 on my old netbook soon. Thanks for sharing :D

Re: pimping xfce 15

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:56 pm
by MtnDewManiac
usbtux wrote:7. Change wallpaper or install Variety - http://peterlevi.com/variety/how-to-install/ = Add a folder of backgrounds and untick download, tick start wth computer and change at start.
XFCE can easily be set to change the desktop background randomly, chosen from a list that you specify, every n minutes. Variety may (IDK) have additional features, but if not, that's one less thing running in the background, lol.

Regards,
MDM

Re: pimping xfce 15

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:49 pm
by usbtux
MtnDewManiac wrote: XFCE can easily be set to change the desktop background randomly, chosen from a list that you specify, every n minutes. Variety may (IDK) have additional features, but if not, that's one less thing running in the background, lol.

Regards,
MDM
You are of course right :D I've change the above to show how to do it. I use Variety to manage/download wallpapers and add a filter to blur the wallpaper.

Re: pimping xfce 15

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:26 pm
by rkmugen
usbtux wrote:
MtnDewManiac wrote: XFCE can easily be set to change the desktop background randomly, chosen from a list that you specify, every n minutes. Variety may (IDK) have additional features, but if not, that's one less thing running in the background, lol.

Regards,
MDM
You are of course right :D I've change the above to show how to do it. I use Variety to manage/download wallpapers and add a filter to blur the wallpaper.
Since XFCE already allows the user to increase or reduce the saturation of the background wallpaper, wouldn't it be really nice if (in future versions of XFCE) there'd be a feature that would let you selectively blur parts of the background or just blur the background entirely (with a percentage slider, of course)?

Re: pimping xfce 15

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:29 pm
by aac74
compiz

Re: pimping xfce 15

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:06 am
by Spec-chum
KWin works suprisingly nice with Xfce, that's what I use.

Very easy to do with Synaptic also.

Also consider OpenBox with compton :)

Re: pimping xfce 15

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:06 am
by phill1978
my tweaks:

. Remove Mint Cog menu, add Whisker menu (ok its the same thing right?) but the Icon for Whisker is way nicer !
. Get a nice theme like '+1' for a flat / windows 8 / smart phone look
. incresase the panel in size (dependent on resolution and screen size) I run 1080p so my Task bar is set at '37'
. Get some nice icons like Numix-Utouch / Malys / Faenza: http://www.noobslab.com/2011/11/themes-collection-for-ubuntu-1110-unity.html#icons
. stick to a clean wall paper like a gradient
- Add weather to the panel
. Chang the fonts and clock font on the panel to something you like
. Add a docky ?
. Add a Conky http://www.noobslab.com/2012/07/conky-collection-for-ubuntulinux.html
. Add synapse ! amazing program pretty much removes the need for docky or any other launcher.

In start up menu:

.Turn off mint welcome menu in
.Turn off mint upload
.Turn off printers / cups (if you have no printer)
.Turn off bluetooth if you dont use it!
. Turn of Cairbou if you dont use it

memory on 64bit should be about 230mb on boot

Thread should be sticky. The mint version of XFCE is way better than stock XFCE in looks but even so many are put off initially by its old school feel, they need not be as its the fastest most stable out there.

Re: pimping xfce 14/15/16

Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:27 am
by Jessey Lawson
how do you fix the ExecutableBit problum?

Re: pimping xfce 14/15/16

Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:13 pm
by yeti
usbtux wrote:What are your tweaks or pimps?
right-click on panel > panel preferences > automatically show & hide the panel