I don't exactly know why this happens, but when I run XFCE4 with a normal monitor, I lose the desktop if I unplug the HDMI cable.

When I plug it back in, the screen is blank. All the apps are still running though.

What I have been doing up til now is switching to ctrl+alt+F1, logging in and killing the xfce4-session.

This then restarts the GUI.

Can I get the GUI back without killing it, so that my GUI apps like browsers and editors don't get closed down?

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