windows below panel

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at
Wed Nov 9 20:51:10 CET 2005

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On 11/9/2005 10:17 AM, Jani Monoses wrote:
>>That's not true. The WM will prevent you from moving a window completely
>>off screen or so that it becomes unreachable beyond struts.
> I am not saying completely off the screen, but parts of it under the panel.
>>What you describe is the behavior of the panel in 4.0, where it was not
>>using struts because it was freely movable (by definition, struts can't
>>be used with freely movable windows).
> 4.2 and 4.3 panels have the behavior I describe.
>>You can try, in Xfce 4.2, move a window under the panel, it won't
>>disappear beyond the panel because the WM will prevent it.
> It does not disappear but can be partially covered.
> BTW the way I'd like the panel to work is like xftaskbar4 in 4.2 does.
> Indeed under the taskbar I cannot slip a window. But the panel does not 
> act like the taskbar, as a 'screen border' so to speek.

I can move windows under the old xftaskbar4 application.  The WM doesn't
place windows there, though.

> I am afraid my wording is unclear and we are talking about different 
> issues. So to sum up: I wish the panel behaved by default as the 
> xftaskbar4 does in 4.2, i.e border of screen, otherwise maximizing or 
> moving windows around can lead to a situation like the browser status 
> bar being covered.

For me, the new panel behaves as you describe.  xfwm4 never places
windows under the panel, but I can drag windows so they are partially
obscured by the panel.  Why shouldn't this be the case?  If I maximise a
window, the WM sizes the window so it is not obscured by the panel.

One thing from what Olivier said: do you have your panels set as "fixed
position" or "freely movable"?  Struts will not work with "freely
movable" panels, so if you want the WM to avoid putting windows under
tha panel, it has to be a "fixed position" panel.


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