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A New Spin on the Xfce Window Manager - page 2

Getting Started

  • April 13, 2008
  • By Kenneth Hess

There are a few common Xfce applications with which you should be familiar. Each one was carefully chosen based on size, functionality, and speed to maintain Xfce's focus on agility. Mousepad, Thunar, Orage, Terminal, and Xarchiver are some of the most useful and intensely developed applications in the Xfce repository.

Mousepad is a simple text editor based on Leafpad. Mousepad is simple yet full-featured with goodies like search and replace, font options, word wrap, auto indent, and line numbering. See Figure 2 for a look at Mousepad. If you need higher-end functionality, like spell check and special formatting, you should use Abiword or download and install OpenOffice.org. Mousepad is not a competitor with those word processors--it fills its niche as a quick and dirty text editor without a lot of fluff.

The Thunar File Manager is the file management application designed specifically for Xfce. It was designed for speed, simplicity, and with advanced features not present in other file management applications. The most interesting of the advanced features is the bulk file renaming capability called, appropriately enough, Bulk Renamer.
To rename a group of files, select the files you want to rename, right click the list, select Rename. See Figures 3 and 4 for an example of bulk file renaming.


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