Still having this issue on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Xubuntu) and the solution is to enable both Notification Area and Indicator Panel to the XFCE panel. And before removing the Panel, make sure the newly created Panel 1 is visible. Feel free to back up the files you're going to delete first. Modifying the panel is not allowed: Because the panel is running in kiosk mode, you are not allowed to make changes to the panel configuration as a regular user. Shut down the panel first, xfce4-panel --quit; Kill the xfce4 configuration daemon, pkill xfconfd; First delete settings for the panel, rm -rf ~/.config/xfce4/panel Thank you so much, after several try I got 5 .deb files now.-rw-r--r-- 1 lambert lambert 1379232 Apr 27 13:40 xfce4-panel-dbg_4.12.0-3ubuntu2_amd64.deb I've looked into .config/xfce4/panel directory of an existing profile, but things didn't become much clearer. Shut down the panel first, xfce4-panel --quit. To get started, uncheck the Lock panel option. Options modified here will take effect immediately. In this piece of the puzzle we are going to take a look at Xfce's "control panel", the Xfce 4 Settings Manager. How to unlock the XFCE panel. From this tool you can configure nearly all of the preferences for the Xfce 4's desktop. It's a very handy tool to have installed and will keep you from having to poke around the menu system to find the various setting tools. This was pointed out in the following post: how to display network manager icon on xfce panel Select Panel 0 and click the “-” red icon to delete the top panel. Categories are programs usually located in /usr/bin/xfce4-* and /usr/bin/xfdesktop-settings. My bottom task bar started to mess up where it didn't show any applications just blank folders. Right-click on the panel and then select Panel > Panel Preferences This will open a new windows where we can make our adjustments. Be cautious as it will remove the default Xfce panel completely. Google found these steps when asked to search for "Linux Mint reset xfce-panel": How to reset xfce panels to default settings ! In the process I managed to accidentally completely remove my bottom Panel / task bar as well! XFCE stores it's configuration for the running session in xfconfd. When you are done, right-click on the top panel and open Panel Preferences. It has whiskermenu-1.rc file which is, as I understand, the "Start Menu" (pardon me, I've used Windows too much), and two directories "launcher-4" and "launcher-5" with ".desktop" files in them. Kill the xfce4 configuration daemon, pkill xfconfd. Many aspects of the panel can be configured through the GUI, but also by GTK+ style properties and hidden Xfconf settings. Once unchecked, you can move your mouse cursor to the bottom of the panel and drat it to the top. First delete settings for the panel, rm -rf ~/.config/xfce4/panel. ; xfce4-settings-editor can see and modify all settings. 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