I'm using Linux Mint 14 with XFCE. The bottom panel that always shows below the screen which shows an icon for each instance of application that is open is a very handy item as it allows one to switch from one app to another very quickly.

The problem is that, with more than one workspace being used, one can see on the panel only the applications that are open in that one workspace they are in at the moment but not the open apps in the other workspace.

So the problem I am finding is this: If I am in one workspace, and want to switch to an app that I know I opened before, I have to change workspaces one by one, looking at the panel in each to find that app. This is time consuming. It would be much better if the panel displays all open apps in all workspaces.

One can configure the panel to have more than one row and to make the icon sizes small. So it is not a problem to have many icons there if needed.

I looked at preferences for panel, but it does not have such an option.

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Is it possible to configure this on Mint 14 with XFCE? If not, which other distribution do you recommend that would support this? I know Mint has other types of distros with different desktop managers.


You need to set this behaviour for the "Window Buttons" plugin. In the panel settings go to the "Items" tab, and edit preferences for the "Windows Buttons" plugin - there are several filtering options, on my system it looks like this:

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You seem to be interested in the first one, i.e. "Show windows from all workspaces or viewports"

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  • wd u care 2 elaborate? The dialog is not self-explanatory. – markling Jan 19 at 13:27
  • @markling I'd say the dialog is self-explanatory, but maybe it wasn't entirely clear what part of it I was referring to. – peterph Jan 20 at 18:52

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