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I switched from GNOME2 to XFCE and miss the feature to re-arrange the window buttons in the taskbar (window list).

How can I make it working?

I use Xubuntu 12.10.

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According to a bug report this feature was introduced in XFCE 4.6, but removed again in XFCE 4.8 for the sake of code simplicity.

Anyways - after some long discussion it was reintroduced and is available in XFCE 4.10 which comes with Ubuntu 12.10 - it just has to be enabled:

  • Rightclick on an empty space of the task bar (or at the corner)
  • Choose "properties" in the "Window Buttons" context menu
  • Choose "Sorting order": "None, allow drag-and-drop"
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@Mik, typo - fixed. thanks! – Alex Apr 14 '13 at 20:53
Thanks. It was really confusing that you can drag the items by default but not reorder. I don't even know what the dragging is good for if reordering is not enabled. – Alexander Rechsteiner Feb 19 '14 at 12:06
I don't know if this can be classified as a bug, but I still can't reorder grouped windows, only single ones. – mxmlnkn May 2 at 9:22

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