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I am using Linux Mint 13 Xfce version on VBox. After one month without any problem suddenly today I noticed that the min-max-close buttons on all windows have disappeared.

Secondly, I can write in gedit, but I cannot see the blinking mouse cursor while coding. It is somehow wierd.

I tried:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

but still it is the same problem.....

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Check settings for the window manager and keyboard - either by invoking the settings manager from the XFCE menu or by running xfce4-settings-manager.

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Settings -> Session Startup

add xfwm4 entry:

name: xfwm4
command: xfwm4

Explenation, the windows manager for some reason is not loaded. You just force linux to load xfwm4 at the start up.

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