Add an XFCE menu to the Aspire One panel

Acer have made some alterations to the xfce4-panel, you probably noticed that you can’t right click and add launchers.

Edit: For anyone who came here to find out how to enable the “advanced menu” or XFCE menu on right click – Open your documents, click “File->Terminal” and type “xfce-setting-show” or just “xfce-se” then hit tab. Click “Desktop->Behaviour” and then tick “Show desktop menu on right click”.

I have a workaround but haven’t worked out why yet. Open a terminal (from a Thunar window if you haven’t enable the right click on the desktop). Now if you look in .config/xfce4/panel there is your standard xml file to layout the panel. If you alter this, on relaunching the panel it overwrites it with the default.

The odd thing is that the un-patched panel is still there, and works as normal (look in /usr/bin – there are two panels, one renamed xfce4-panel.old). Well for some reason that I haven’t fathomed, if you kill the running panel then alter the config then run xfce4-panel.old then restart it the xml config is not overwritten.

Here’s a screenshot:



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5 Responses to Add an XFCE menu to the Aspire One panel

  1. Paulo says:

    Thanks for the tip. I edited panels.xml , killed xfce4-panel , ran xfce4-panelnew and apparently everything is fine.

  2. Paulo says:

    In addition, xfce4-panel -a lets you add applets without editing panels.xml. I don’t know if there is a similar way to remove applets though, so editing panels.xml may still to be necessary for that.

  3. Dougie says:

    Yes, I still haven’t had time to look into it further – I just downloaded the Acer Source code ( so maybe I’ll have a chance this week.

  4. K M Mak says:

    I found that I could add applets to my Aspire One’s panel by using “xfce4-panel -a”, and at the same time removed them by dragging them back to the list.

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