Xfce toolbar problem: Solution

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Monday, May 25, 2009

xfceAfter writing a detailed guide of tips and howtos about Xfce (a free desktop environment for Unix and other platforms such as Linux, Solaris and BSD) we started our expedition on Xfce and soon encountered a problem that we had no feasible and complete solution to. One of our developers was having some problems with the Xfce panels. It was not being shown and somehow there was no help at hand anywhere. But anyway, we solved it quickly and it was pretty easy like any other problem is, after being solved. So here is the way to restore top and bottom toolbars for Xfce environment in your Linux distro.

1.  First things first, if you are having a problem with your Xfce panel, try and restart your PC and  then go to your GNome or X-desktop session (that you used to use previously). Now restart and turn back to Xfce. See in most of the cases, restarting, changing the session and then again coming back to the original helps. Did it work for you? If not, read on.

2. go to terminal, type xfce4-panel and press enter. Bingo! the toolbar has appeared, right. But there are still some works to be done.

3. Now don’t just cut the window from the top, if you do that, the panels will be gone again. So what you do is dutifully type exit in the terminal and enter. Now you have the panel there alright. But there is still a thing left.

4. If you just keep it there, after restarting, the same problem will be back. To avoid that, right click and from Xfce main menu click Quit. If you see that there is no option saying ‘Save Session for future logins‘ then you have automatically save session turned on and so you are now free.

But if you get that checkbox, make sure to check it and then quit.

So thus we have successfully solved the Xfce panel missing problem. Give us your feedback if it was helpful for you.


June 29, 2010: 11:18 am

Thanks for this solution. Quick and easy.

June 17, 2010: 6:47 pm

Thanks. Exactly what I needed, and it appeared as the first item in my Google search.

Le Hoang Long
October 1, 2009: 1:33 pm

Oh thank you so much

I had solved that silly bug

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