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The Xfce 4 settings manager consists of several settings modules, each one delivers a different range of options. I have already covered the majority of the Xfce 4 settings, but here are all the other possibly less important settings modules.
Some versions of the Xfce 4 desktop include different settings modules, and with the frequent updates your settings may be slightly different.
Xfce 4 offers several settings to help users with reduced accessibility. From the accessibility settings window you can enable sticky keys, slow keys, or bounce keys.
Keyboard Mouse Settings
Sticky keys are convenient for using the Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys. When sticky keys are enabled you will only have to press these keys once to perform commands and multiple keystrokes, these keys will not need to be held down. With slow keys you can ensure that a key is pressed for a minimal length of time before it is accepted as a keystroke. You can change the delay time. Use bounce keys to toggle a minimum delay between key-strokes. You can set the delay time. You can also toggle the use of the keyboard as a mouse emulator, then use the number pad to control the mouse.
You can use the calendar preferences window to set your local timezone, Orage is the default calendar tool. There are many settings that will help you control exactly what is displayed inside the panel calendar applet. The month day and time can all be toggled on or off. You can also change how the calendar reacts when opening it from the panel applet.
Inside the Xfce 4 display settings window you can change your monitor resolution. All connected monitors will be displayed here. You can also change the refresh rate, rotation and reflection of your monitors.
The Xfce 4 file manager preferences window offers many options to help control Thunar’s functionality. Inside the main Thunar window you can choose to display folders before files. You can also choose to display text beside icons rather than below icons. To open files or folders you can choose a single-click or a double-click action.
This is where you can find many settings that will change your keyboard functionality. You can also add several shortcuts to quickly launch applications. Or you can change your keyboard model and keyboard layout. Cursor blinking can also be toggled on or off.
From the Xfce 4 mouse settings window you can switch between a left or right-handed mouse, you can also reverse the scroll direction inside of windows. You can also change the time between clicks before a double-click operation is activated. From theme tab you can even change your mouse cursor theme and cursor size.
If you own a laptop you will definitely need to make use of the power manager settings. Here you can toggle the display of the system tray icon. You can even change what action is taken when different system buttons are pressed, power, hibernate, sleep, etc.
The time delay for the system to go into sleep mode can also be changed. Several sleep and hibernation settings are available as well.
You can use this window to select you preferred applications for several important desktop activities. The default web browser can be changed, even the mail reader. From the utilities tab you can also change the default file manager or terminal emulator.
This window controls several important settings for removable devices. You can choose to mouse removable devices and media when hot plugged, or when inserted. You can also browse removable media automatically when inserted causing your file manager to open. Or choose to auto run programs on new drives and media. If you want to you can even burn CD’s and DVD’s when blank discs are inserted.
Individual devices and media can also be adjusted to play automatically when inserted. For each device you can also input a command to run when the device is detected.
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