Modifying the panel is not allowed: Because the panel is running in kiosk mode, you are not allowed to make changes to the panel configuration as a regular user. This was pointed out in the following post: how to display network manager icon on xfce panel Be cautious as it will remove the default Xfce panel completely. It's a very handy tool to have installed and will keep you from having to poke around the menu system to find the various setting tools. (after clicking close, this box brings up the preferences window for the panel) Second Message (appears regardless if I click close on the first message box): To get started, uncheck the Lock panel option. Shut down the panel first, xfce4-panel --quit; Kill the xfce4 configuration daemon, pkill xfconfd; First delete settings for the panel, rm -rf ~/.config/xfce4/panel First delete settings for the panel, rm -rf ~/.config/xfce4/panel. Thank you so much, after several try I got 5 .deb files now.-rw-r--r-- 1 lambert lambert 1379232 Apr 27 13:40 xfce4-panel-dbg_4.12.0-3ubuntu2_amd64.deb XFCE stores it's configuration for the running session in xfconfd. Kill the xfce4 configuration daemon, pkill xfconfd. From this tool you can configure nearly all of the preferences for the Xfce 4's desktop. In the process I managed to accidentally completely remove my bottom Panel / task bar as well! And before removing the Panel, make sure the newly created Panel 1 is visible. In this piece of the puzzle we are going to take a look at Xfce's "control panel", the Xfce 4 Settings Manager. How to unlock the XFCE panel. Xfce stores configuration options in Xfconf.There are several ways to modify these options: In the main menu, select Settings and the category you want to customize. Categories are programs usually located in /usr/bin/xfce4-* and /usr/bin/xfdesktop-settings. Many aspects of the panel can be configured through the GUI, but also by GTK+ style properties and hidden Xfconf settings. Google found these steps when asked to search for "Linux Mint reset xfce-panel": How to reset xfce panels to default settings ! Feel free to back up the files you're going to delete first. Configuration. Options modified here will take effect immediately. Once unchecked, you can move your mouse cursor to the bottom of the panel and drat it to the top. So, I tried following some other guides to restore my Top panel by searching restore xfce panel settings but none of the guides have worked. My bottom task bar started to mess up where it didn't show any applications just blank folders. When you are done, right-click on the top panel and open Panel Preferences. The Xfce Panel is part of the Xfce Desktop Environment and features application launchers, panel menus, a workspace switcher and more. ; xfce4-settings-editor can see and modify all settings. 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