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    Can't access my laptop

    Wanna know why? I set the panel to its full settings, and not I can't use my Laptop besides the panel; The panel covers the screen

    Any help?
    Last edited by duckfeeder105.5; April 22nd, 2014 at 02:22 AM.

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    Can you right click onto the panel and get the dialogue to open to change its sizes back.

    Does double clicking it have any effect.

    Can you press alt or ctrl down while on the panel and move it out of the way while holding the left mouse button down.

    ...... to get to anything behind it ........

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    Nope, that did not do anything. Thank you for the help, though

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    (Ctrl + alt + T) to bring a terminal up ........ will that work

    (Ctrl + alt + f1) goto the console use htop - kill off the panel

    htop
    it will appear in the long list as xfce4-panel ......... f9 then enter while the selection bar is over it
    will kill off the process ...... if you can get to it ok
    then come back into the desktop using (Ctrl + Alt + F7)

    Then (Ctrl + alt + T) to bring a terminal up ............

    This will then at least give you something to work from to fix the problem
    but first see if anything is working ...........

    Do you have any other desktops at login to go into ?

    LXDE or awesome or E17 ...... will all give you somewhere where you can work from
    with a GUI ...... otherwise it needs someone to explain how to reset things from the command
    line ....... and although I use the command line a lot - I have never had to alter the panel sizes
    from it .......

    * Killing off the panel will only be for this session ... to get it back just log out and back in again

    you could add a dock or something to work from ..... while fixing the problem ..... docky maybe.

    sudo apt-get install docky ...... gives you a dock to work from after getting rid of the panel with
    htop.

    sudo apt-get install htop

    incase its not already installed to use all commands can be done from a console
    ( ctrl + alt + f1 ) >>>> ( ctrl + alt + f7 ) to get back to the desktop environment.
    Last edited by 23dornot23d; April 22nd, 2014 at 12:09 AM. Reason: added some information for using htop to kill off the panel as they are stuck otherwise.

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by 23dornot23d View Post
    (Ctrl + alt + T) to bring a terminal up ........ will that work

    (Ctrl + alt + f1) goto the console use htop - kill off the panel

    htop


    then come back into the desktop using (Ctrl + Alt + F7)

    Then (Ctrl + alt + T) to bring a terminal up ............

    This will then at least give you something to work from to fix the problem
    but first see if anything is working ...........

    Do you have any other desktops at login to go into ?

    LXDE or awesome or E17 ...... will all give you somewhere where you can work from
    with a GUI ...... otherwise it needs someone to explain how to reset things from the command
    line ....... and although I use the command line a lot - I have never had to alter the panel sizes
    from it .......

    * Killing off the panel will only be for this session ... to get it back just log out and back in again

    you could add a dock or something to work from ..... while fixing the problem ..... docky maybe.

    sudo apt-get install docky ...... gives you a dock to work from after getting rid of the panel with
    htop.
    Thanks for the help, my screen is back . Anyway, is there anyway I can get the panel back to it's normal size?

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    You need to alter a config file I guess ...... but am not familiar with xfce ......

    I will have a quick scout around to see if I can find anything ......

    Found this in a post ..... might help .... sometimes delete and recreate
    can give a new one ...... safer to rename or move it though.

    Then see if it asks to create a new config on entry back into it ......

    .config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-panel.xml

    And that's where my panel configs were he said ,,,,,


    K53SV:~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml$ ls
    keyboards.xml xfce4-desktop.xml xfce4-mixer.xml xfce4-session.xml
    thunar.xml xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml xfce4-panel.xml xfwm4.xml
    Last edited by 23dornot23d; April 22nd, 2014 at 12:24 AM.

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    So I run them both in terminal?

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    I think you should move the

    xfce4-panel.xml

    file into another directory maybe just drag and drop it onto your desktop so you know where it is ...... for the time being

    Log out and back in again and see if it asks you to create

    a new panel ....... with the normal settings restored .......

    ___________________________________

    if you start in you home directory you can do this copy and paste it ...... do the cd first - makes sure you are in the
    right place to start with

    cd

    mv .config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-panel.xml xfce4-panel.xml

    it will just move the file out of the way ..... and will probably be re-created properly on rebooting
    back into the system ...... may ask you to create a new panel ........

    That will work ........ I just tried it on my own system ....... asks on entry to create a default panel
    Last edited by 23dornot23d; April 22nd, 2014 at 12:45 AM. Reason: added a single command that may sort it out .....

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    I'm sorry, I am still in the basics of linux, would you mind telling me in a simpler way?

    Edit: never mind, I think got it
    Last edited by duckfeeder105.5; April 22nd, 2014 at 01:09 AM.

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    Re: Can't access my laptop

    Ok, I now have a new panel. Now, how do I move it to the bottom?

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