I use XFCE because it's so lightweight, but it's the most shitty GUI environment I've ever seen, including Windows 95. I just installed a plain Debian with xfce and I created one bottom panel with clock, window buttons and applications menu. Afterwards I logged off (through applications menu button) and I logged as root to add main user to sudo group.

After logging back to main user, panel was gone. Since that was the last panel, I have no idea what to do now.

  • Panels are managed by right-clicking a panel, so my question is: how do I manage (restore) panels once they're gone. However since then I noticed it's just some bug - on further logins the panel appears after error prompt announcing that no panel is running... – Tomáš Zato Oct 6 '15 at 13:03
  • @clearkimura Yeah, if it wasn't for that context menu, I'd be lost. Shortcut keys also work, even newly defined ones. – Tomáš Zato Oct 6 '15 at 14:02

You can restore a new Xfce panel from the Xfce Settings Manager. It can be accessed either from the context menu (right-click on mouse) or the run dialog.

From context menu

On Xfce Desktop, do right-click to open the context menu > Applications > Settings > Settings Manager.

From run dialog

Press Alt+F2 to show run dialog. Type xfce4-settings-manager and hit Enter key.

In the Xfce Settings Manager, look for menu called Panel and click on it. If you don't have any Xfce panel running, a dialog box appear like screenshot and asking "Do you want to start the panel? ...".


In that dialog box, click on Execute button.

An empty, new panel will appear somewhere on the Desktop (could be an unextended panel at 10% size). On the empty panel, you can now make a right-click > click Panel Preferences... already.

Saving changes

You will need to save the changes, by selecting the option Save session for future logins, then click Log Out. Log in again and you should see the panel remains intact.

Finally, the next time you log out, you should deselect/remove the option to avoid making unnecessary changes.

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