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xfce4-time-out-plugin - Time Out

Xfce4-time-out-plugin makes it possible to take periodical breaks from the computer every X minutes. During breaks it locks your screen. It optionally allows you to postpone breaks for a certain time.

The idea is inherited from DrWright, a plugin I loved back when I was using GNOME.


In the properties dialog you have several options to configure the plugin. You can define

  • the duration (length) of each break (default: 5 minutes)
  • the time between breaks (default: 30 minutes)
  • the postpone time (default: 2 minutes)
  • whether to allow breaks to be postponed
  • whether to display seconds in the panel
  • whether to display hours in the panel
  • whether to display the remaining time until the next break at all

The plugin also offers a context menu which makes it possible to

  • deactivate the plugin easily
  • take a break instantly


Adding the plugin to the panel


Plugin configuration


How the plugin looks normally


Plugin context menu


Locked screen during breaks

Required Packages

For detailed information on the minimum required versions, check the configure.ac.in file.

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