Increase panel's default height

Yousuf Philips ypharis at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 21:44:19 UTC 2019


Hi All,

As part of my initial UI and UX work on Xubuntu, i've been focused on
improvements to the panel properties dialog and I created a video with a
number of suggestions < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF-XHI6_37A > and
one of them was changing the default panel height. Below are the default
panel sizes in other XFCE distros.

Manjaro 18.0.4 & Swag Arch 19.1: 27px
Enso: 28px
Linux Lite 4.4: 30px
Linux Mint 19.1 & GalliumOS 3.0: 32px
Galore: 38px
MX: 40px (panel is in Deskbar mode)

And these are from other distros
Ubuntu Mate 19.10: 28px
Lubuntu 19.10: 32px
Kubuntu 18.04: 36px @ 800x600 and 30px @ 1368x768 or larger

My suggestion is to increase it to 28px which is the lowest even number
from the sizes listed above and would allow 24px icons to appear in the
panel with 2px padding above and below. It is the default I use both on my
1366x768 laptop and 1440x900 desktop. Alternatively we can go up one or two
notches to 30px or 32px to have even more padding and improving the panel's
visibility at 1080p and higher.

It might be good to reach out to the community on twitter and run a poll
asking if poeple think it should be changed and what the new default should
be. I havent filed this yet as a enhancement report on launchpad, as maybe
the decision would be to make this change upstream.

Regards,
Yousuf Philips
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