XFCE panel stacking order

Michael Wyraz michael at wyraz.de
Wed Oct 19 14:00:07 CEST 2022

I did some further tests:


     for w in $( xdotool search xfce4-panel ); do echo -n "$w "; xdotool 
getwindowname $w; done

I get a list of xfce4-panel window IDs. With

     xdotool windowfocus 18874371

I can focus the "good" panel which brings it to the front.

Unfortunetaly there seems to be no way to tell which window belongs to 
which panel, so that I could script a workaround.

Am 19.10.22 um 07:55 schrieb Michael Wyraz:
> Hello,
> I'm switching a lot between a single and dual monitor configuration. 
> This is supported pretty well by XFCE, except when it comes to the panel.
> I have 2 panels, one with all the bells ans whistles (like 
> notification area which can exist only on one panel), the other only 
> with whisker menu and the task buttons.
> When unplugging my laptop from the monitors, it seems to be absolute 
> random, which of the panels is at the top and so which is visible. 
> Sometimes it's the "good one", sometimes the other.
> 3rd party solutions do exist to deal with that (e.g. 
> https://blog.bluesabre.org/2015/10/12/xfce-panel-switch-introduction/) 
> but this adds/deletes panels and needs to be updated each time the 
> panel was changed.
> IMO, the issue could solved for almost all use cases if the panel 
> would get an option to set the stacking order. The simplest solution 
> would be if the order would be the same order as the panel in the 
> panel list. A better one would be an option in xfce4-settings-editor. 
> And the ideal one would be a setting visible in the panel settings :-)
> What do you think? Would this be a low hanging fruit that could be 
> easily implemented before 4.18 is released?
> Kind regards,
> Michael.
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