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While playing with the "Edit Menu" (Application menu), I deleted some entries for settings (like "Display", "Appearance", "Desktop" etc.). This also deleted the entries in the Settings Manager.

How can I put them back?

Xubuntu 12.10 - Xfce 4.12

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Your question is a good one, as there is no documentation on what to do when this happens. Deleting Display or Accessibility, for example, from the Accessories part of the Xfce4 menu will actually remove the helper application's link from settings manager.

What happens is that when you 'delete' something like accessibility from the Accessories part of the Xfce4 menu, a .desktop file appears in ~/.local/share/applications. That file will be labelled, for example, xfce4-accessibility-settings.desktop and will have in the file:


So therefore just delete the .desktop files in ~/.local/share/applications that refer to the Xfce items that you have deleted in the menu dialog: e.g. xfce-display-settings.desktop.

Now when you load up the settings manager again they will be available once more. The 'applications' in settings manager are just links to those applications: e.g. xfce4-accessibility-settings is the program behind the accessibility icon.

If you want to get a list of the settings programs for reference, run

dpkg -L xfce4-settings | grep bin

which returns:


I can say that the solution has been tested on Xfce 4.10 and 4.12 (development) and will work. However, reinstalling the Xfce components would not work, as the problem lies in your home folder, of which files and settings are not purged when reinstalling programs.

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That was an excellent answer! It worked like a charm. Thank you! I think that this problem should be prevented some way, as it is supposed to delete only entries in the Applications Menu. – MakisH Mar 24 '13 at 11:21

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