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 If like me you like both XFCE and Gnome-Shell dashboard/ window picker, here's how I configured my desktop for the nearest most Gnome-like experience : If like me you like both XFCE and Gnome-Shell dashboard/ window picker, here's how I configured my desktop for the nearest most Gnome-like experience :
  
-1) Install xfdashboard (the dashboard itself) and xdotool (for hot corner). Note : I also tried Brightside but it is less flexible, for example we can't set faster reaction delay)+1) Install xfdashboard (the dashboard itself). I ised version 0. Note : this release comes with hot corner plugin, no more need to use xdotool or brightside.
  
-2) Add or enable these commands to be run at X startup (in XFCE Settings / Sessions and startup / application autostart ) : +2) Add or enable these commands to be run at X startup (in XFCE Settings / Sessions and startup / application autostart ) : ''​xfdashboard -d''​ (deamon mode for a faster display)
-  * ''​xfdashboard -d''​ (deamon mode for a faster display+
-  * ''/​usr/​bin/​hotcorners''​ (to start the hotcorner detector)+
  
-''​/​usr/​bin/​hotcorners'' ​is a custom script written by root that contains ​: +3) Configure XFdashboard using ''​xfdashboard-settings''​ : 
-<code bash> +  * In '​plugins'​select the '​hotcorners'​ plugin 
-#!/bin/sh +  * make sure to restart xfdashboard ​to enable this new plugin : ''​xfdashboard -q'',​ then ''​xfdashboard -d &''​ 
-sleep 3 +   
-export DISPLAY=:​0 +4) Add the preferred applications into the vertical side bar (no GUI, xfce4-settings-editor cannot edit arrays), here's a sample command :
-xdotool behave_screen_edge --delay 0 top-left exec xfdashboard & +
-</​code>​ +
- +
-  * For some reasonswe have wait a while  before actually running xdotool at startup, otherwise it is launched in backgroud but has no effect. +
- +
-  * Note also that we set delay to zero to make xdotool react as fast as possible. +
- +
-  * Don't forget ​to to /​usr/​bin/​hotcorners executable using a ''​chmod +x /​usr/​bin/​hotcorners''​ +
- +
-3) Add the preferred applications into the vertical side bar (no GUI, xfce4-settings-editor cannot edit arrays), here's a sample command :+
 <​code>​ <​code>​
 xfconf-query -c xfdashboard -p /favourites -n -t string -s "​exo-file-manager.desktop"​ -t string -s "​exo-terminal-emulator.desktop"​ -t string -s "​jetbrains-idea-ce.desktop"​ -t string -s "​owncloud.desktop"​ -t string -s "​simple-scan.desktop"​ -t string -s "​gnome-calculator.desktop"​ -t string -s "​firefox.desktop"​ -t string -s "​thunderbird.desktop"​ -t string -s "​zim.desktop"​ -t string -s "​libreoffice-writer.desktop"​ xfconf-query -c xfdashboard -p /favourites -n -t string -s "​exo-file-manager.desktop"​ -t string -s "​exo-terminal-emulator.desktop"​ -t string -s "​jetbrains-idea-ce.desktop"​ -t string -s "​owncloud.desktop"​ -t string -s "​simple-scan.desktop"​ -t string -s "​gnome-calculator.desktop"​ -t string -s "​firefox.desktop"​ -t string -s "​thunderbird.desktop"​ -t string -s "​zim.desktop"​ -t string -s "​libreoffice-writer.desktop"​
 </​code>​ </​code>​
  
-4) If you are in multi-monitors mode and you want to see all windows on the primary display and not spread on several monitors, see [[https://​github.com/​gmc-holle/​xfdashboard/​issues/​136 | my workaround]] :  in ''/​usr/​share/​themes/​xfdashboard/​xfdashboard-1.0/​xfdashboard.css''​ (or in the others themes ''​xfdashboard.css''​ files) , change ''​filter-monitor-windows:​ true;''​ to ''​filter-monitor-windows:​ false;''​+5) If you are in multi-monitors mode and you want to see all windows on the primary display and not spread on several monitors, see [[https://​github.com/​gmc-holle/​xfdashboard/​issues/​136 | my workaround]] :  in ''/​usr/​share/​themes/​xfdashboard/​xfdashboard-1.0/​xfdashboard.css''​ (or in the others themes ''​xfdashboard.css''​ files) , change ''​filter-monitor-windows:​ true;''​ to ''​filter-monitor-windows:​ false;''​
  
-TODO : I didn't figure out how to hide the dashboard when moving the mouse cursor into the corner a second time. We have to select a window or to press ESC to leave the dashboard unlike Gnome-shell dashboard. 
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