For Xfce 4 users that want some real control over their desktop they should turn to the Xfce 4 settings editor tool. All of the underlying options that may otherwise be hidden can all be found from here.
Settings Editor Details
The settings editor uses a simple and convenient interface that is similar to the GConf-Editor. All of your available settings are divided into easily understandable categories.
Xfce 4 Settings Editor Thunar Properties
You will find the following options and variables inside the Thunar volume manager tab of the Xfce 4 settings editor.
I believe this option will cause Thunar to auto-browse removable devices when they are detected. Thunar should open and display the newly mounted directory.
Auto Mount Drives
Use this to automatically mount connected drives when they are detected, all connected drives will be mounted when you login.
Auto Mount Media
With this you can automatically mount all other media devices when they are detected.
If you want Thunar to automatically open when new drives are connected you can use this option.
Xfce 4 Settings Editor Keyboard Properties
You will find these options in the keyboard shortcuts tab of the settings editor.
Default Keyboard Shortcuts
There are tabs that contain all of your default keyboard shortcuts mostly for the Xfwm4 window manager and common actions. There is no need to edit the default shortcuts because the custom shortcuts are the same.
Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
Edit keyboard shortcuts inside the custom shortcuts tabs, these will all override the default keyboard shortcuts.
Xfce 4 Settings Editor Mixer Properties
These options are located inside the Mixer tab.
This will set your active sound card.
Volume Step Size
Use this to set the default volume change amount, the default is 5. Raising this will make the volume change faster, lowering will cause the volume to change slower.
Xfce 4 Settings Editor Panel Properties
Here you can customize the Xfce 4 panels or the contents of your panels. The following options are available.
Each Xfce 4 panel can be customized individually, you can change the length, position, and width. I expected more options.
All of the Xfce 4 panel plugins will also have their own entry, some have additional options as well such as file storage locations.
Xfce 4 Settings Editor Power Properties
There is only one option for the power manager.
Power Button Action
You can change the action taken when the power button is pressed. The default value is 3, but I am unsure what the other values mean.
Xfce 4 Settings Editor Session Properties
The Xfce 4 session manager also has several settings but they fairly obscure.
There is an option for the splash screen but it is not very clear.
Xfce 4 Settings Editor Xfwm4 Properties
The settings manager contains several settings for the Xfwm4 window manager as well. I will not list them all because there are so many, but here is a closer look at some of the most important properties that you can adjust.
Window Button Settings
You can toggle the display and the order of action buttons in the window title bars.
Raise And Focus
Users can also change how windows become highlighted. The delay for window focusing can also be changed.
With the settings editor you can even change the font used in window titles, or the alignment of the title can be changed.
Desktop compositing can also be toggled on or off to enable advanced visual effects and window transparency.
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