Xfce 4.18 Coming Soon and Offers Subtle Improvements

Nov 30, 2022

The Xfce team has announced the release date of the next iteration of the desktop, which includes a good number of features to polish the fan-favorite Linux UI.

When the next version of Xfce is released, you might not be blown away by an array of new and game-changing features. Instead, what you'll find are plenty of subtle new features and fixes that make the open source desktop better than ever… all the while remaining very familiar, stable, and easy to use.

The new features include a number of improvements to the Thunar file manager – such as a new bookmark menu, Recent sidebar entry, customizable keyboard shortcuts, option to show full directory path, recursive search, UNDO/REDO options, a split view, support for drag & drop items in the view panels, and the ability to execute shell scripts from within a directory.

As far as the desktop, you'll find the panel length is now configured in pixels (as opposed to a percentage), a new Keep Panel Above Windows option, more font options for the Xfce clock applet, and header bards that can be disabled in dialogs.

Also included are a new default multi-monitor behavior that can be configured before you attach a second display, fixes for move-to-monitor, and 1.25/1.75 scale ratios.

You can find out more – and learn how to get the first pre-release – from this official announcement from the team.

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