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    anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    I've been trying to figure out how to anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10. It seems attached to the left, but moves to accommodate open windows in each particular workspace. I use 4 workspaces daily, to keep related parts of projects in their own workspace. Switching between work spaces is slowed down because of this, as I try to visually locate each on the switcher. Plus, it makes me somewhat sea sick!

    There's nothing on this in the Xfce documentation, and no one else seems to be discussing it as a problem. Is it possible to anchor workspace switcher to the right of the top panel, like it is in Xfce 4.8?
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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    If I understand correctly....

    Right-click the panel, select Panel->Panel Preferences and go to the Items tab. on this tab, you an move around the items that are present on the panel. If not already therem try moving the "Window Buttons" plugin to the bottom of the list (will appear on the far right of the panel). If it still moves around, you may need to add an Expanding Separator just before it to force it to the right.


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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    Toz, that helped tremendously, thank you. The switcher remains stationary toward the left of the panel. I'm used to it in the far right-hand side (Xfce 4.8), but I can live with this. Before asking here, I tried putting in some separators, but AFAIK, none expand. Is that a special type of separator?
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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    That's strange, I can move the "Workspace Switcher" to any place I want in the panel. In my case I have "Windows Buttons" on top of the list, but I'm not convinced that it could be related.
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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buntu Bunny View Post
    ...I tried putting in some separators, but AFAIK, none expand. Is that a special type of separator?
    If you double-click the separator item, a dialog will popup that will allow you to set the expand property (checkbox).

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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    Quote Originally Posted by slickymaster View Post
    That's strange, I can move the "Workspace Switcher" to any place I want in the panel. In my case I have "Windows Buttons" on top of the list, but I'm not convinced that it could be related.
    slickymaster, are you saying that your workplace switcher stays put? When "windows buttons" was higher on the list, everything below it would shift on the panel to accommodate the number of windows I had open. With "windows buttons" on the bottom of the list, everything else stays put. What I have now is in a screenshot below.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toz View Post
    If you double-click the separator item, a dialog will popup that will allow you to set the expand property (checkbox).
    Toz, I didn't know that. Thank you. I'll have to play around and see what I can do.
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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buntu Bunny View Post
    slickymaster, are you saying that your workplace switcher stays put? When "windows buttons" was higher on the list, everything below it would shift on the panel to accommodate the number of windows I had open. With "windows buttons" on the bottom of the list, everything else stays put. What I have now is in a screenshot below.
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    Yes, that's what I'm saying. Right now I have ten different windows open and minimized but everything else stays put.Screenshot.jpg
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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    Just for fun, the window buttons can even be centered by using expanded separators before and after the window buttons item. The buttons stay centered as more are opened. The stuff to the right doesn't move around either.
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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    @ slickymaster, attached is an image of how my workspace switcher was moving along the panel, depending on which workspace I was using. Moving the windows button did help. Other than that, I'm not sure what's going on (my Linux knowledge isn't great enough for me to distinguish between a bug and operator error, LOL) You will recall that I updated from Xfce 4.8 on Ubuntu 12.04, but I'm not sure if that's relevant.
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    Re: anchor desktop switcher in Xfce 4.10?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Just for fun, the window buttons can even be centered by using expanded separators before and after the window buttons item. The buttons stay centered as more are opened. The stuff to the right doesn't move around either.
    Well, that works too. In fact, it forced workplace switcher to the right, like it was in for me in Xfce 4.8. Thanks Dennis N!
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