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    Xubuntu 12.04 - Can I get Hide buttons on the panel?

    In my current Ubuntu Lucid, I have a panel on the bottom with Hide buttons, so I can hide it when I want (I don't really like 'Auto-Hide').

    I've installed Xubuntu 12.04 on an external drive to experiment with. I like it, and am getting it set like my old Ubuntu Lucid. But the Preferences only give a choice of Auto-Hide On/Off - no button option. (Panel is xfce4-panel-4.8.6).

    Any trick way to get these Hide buttons in this panel?

    -NTL2009

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    Re: Xubuntu 12.04 - Can I get Hide buttons on the panel?

    These two commands will unhide and hide the panel
    Code:
    xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-0/autohide -s false
    xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-0/autohide -s true
    You could add these to a launcher....
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    Re: Xubuntu 12.04 - Can I get Hide buttons on the panel?

    Thanks. I just tried those in terminal, and I got:


    Property "/panels/panel-0/autohide" does not exist on channel "xfce4-panel". If a new
    property should be created, use the --create option.
    I'm not really sure how to use the create option for this.

    -NTL2009

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    Re: Xubuntu 12.04 - Can I get Hide buttons on the panel?

    It might be panel-1 or panel-2 instead of panel-0. Anyway, here's how to toggle in case you figure that out:

    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    HIDDEN=$(xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-0/autohide)
    
    if test $HIDDEN = false; then
      xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-0/autohide -s true
    else
      xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -p /panels/panel-0/autohide -s false
    fi

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    Re: Xubuntu 12.04 - Can I get Hide buttons on the panel?

    And it doesn't help that xfconf starts counting the panels from 0, when in panel preferences they start from 1

    Code:
    xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -lv
    should list all the panels and their contents for identification
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    Re: Xubuntu 12.04 - Can I get Hide buttons on the panel?

    Thanks to both above - I had a bit of a brain phart earlier. I was trying this on 12.04, but then I read your replies when I was on my main 10.04 system, and entered the terminal commands there - so apparently the commands changed.


    Though I did guess that maybe the '0' is offset from their '1' in the GUI, so I did try that.

    The commands seem to work (have not tested the script yet) - so thanks.

    I will mark this 'solved' for now. I do think it would be good to have the same arrow options in Xubuntu panels as Lucid had, but the devs may have other issues with that.

    -NTL2009

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    Re: Xubuntu 12.04 - Can I get Hide buttons on the panel?

    OK, got a chance to try the script, and put a launcher for it in the top panel (0), to change the bottom panel (1). I just saved it as panel.sh and set the permissions to executable and pointed the launcher properties at it.

    It mostly does what I want, though it becomes 'unhidden' if I mouse over it, as it is back in 'auto-hide' mode then rather than really just 'hidden'. I my poke around those other properties to see if they might do this.

    -NTL2009

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