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Window Menu

The Window Menu panel plugin allows you to switch between application windows using a menu.


Window Menu's properties dialog


Button Layout
Changes the appearance of the Window Menu icon in the panel.
Displays the icon of the application window that is currently in focus.
Displays a dropdown arrow instead of an application icon.
Show workplace actions
Enables the ability to add or remove workspaces from within the Window Menu.
Show workspace names
Displays the names of available workspaces in the menu.
Enable emergency notification
Enables emergency notification for applications which require immediate focus.


Show windows from all workspaces
When enabled, the Window Menu shows windows from all available workspaces. When disabled, only windows from the current workspace will be shown.

Style Properties

You can set a custom icon size in gtk-icon-sizes with the name panel-window-menu. The default icon size is 16px. Note that the window icons are 16 or 32 pixels, all other sizes will result in scaling. Special widget name in this plugin is windowmenu-button.

style "xfce-window-menu-plugin-style"
  # Ellipsizing used in the menu label.
  XfceWindowMenuPlugin::ellipsize-mode = PANGO_ELLIPSIZE_MIDDLE
  # Maximum number of characters in the menu label before it will
  # be ellipsized.
  XfceWindowMenuPlugin::max-width-chars = 24
  # Lucency of minimized icons. Valid values are between 0 (completely
  # hide the icon) and 100 (don't lighten the icon).
  XfceWindowMenuPlugin::minimized-icon-lucency = 50
class "XfceWindowMenuPlugin" style "xfce-window-menu-plugin-style"

See the section Theming for more information.