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The Xfce 4 menu is the primary way to reach your installed applications and system settings when using the Xfce desktop. Xfce 4 is all about convenience, and this is reflected in the menu structure.
Accessing Your Menus
To access your menu try right-clicking on an empty spot on the Xfce 4 desktop. There is also a menu that can be found in your top panel in the latest versions as well.
The Xfdesktop tool is used to display menus and many other parts of the Xfce 4 desktop. I am not yet sure if the Xfdesktop tool is used to display the panel menu, but I believe it is. Along with a panel applet that is.
Xfce 4 Menu Contents
The right-click menu has everything you would find in a standard panel menu, perhaps more. With a single unified menu everything is very easy to find and well-organized.
Here is a closer look at what is contained inside the Xfce 4 desktop main menu, you can reach this menu by right-clicking on the desktop.
Open In New Window
Use this to open a file manager to the user’s desktop directory.
With this option you can create a new launcher on the Xfce 4 desktop with custom commands or a specified application.
Create URL Link
You can also create URL links on the desktop with this option, just add the URL.
Use this option to create a new empty folder on the Xfce 4 desktop.
Create From Template
With this you can create a new file on the desktop from a template, the only available template is for an empty file.
Open Terminal Here
Use this option to open a terminal to the specified location, in this case the desktop.
You can use this option to paste files or directories onto the desktop.
This option will open your desktop settings manager where you can change your desktop background or toggle the display of different desktop icons.
This option will allow you to reach the properties window for the desktop directory.
Here you can find all the applications that are installed on your system. You can also find a variety of important system settings, or you can logout of the desktop.
You can reach the workspaces menu by middle-clicking on the Xfce 4 desktop background. The following actions and options are contained inside the workspaces menu.
Here you will find a list of available virtual workspace, and the name of each workspace. You can easily select a workspace from the list to switch you it instantly.
The contents of each workspace inside the workspace list will also be displayed the workspaces list. The name of every open window in each workspace will appear in the list.
Use this to quickly add more virtual workspaces that you can use to keep your desktop organized.
This will remove unwanted workspaces.
The Xfce 4 desktop menu can be customized but shockingly they have not yet created their own menu editor tool. Users can use the LXMed tool to edit their menus or their can do it manually by editing files.
Users can add extra menus to their panels as well using the convenient menu panel plugin.
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