How to: solve the Thunar opening twice problem

July 11, 2006 at 10:29 am | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 4 Comments

If Thunar is left running in the background when you log out, and starts up in the background when you log in again, you may have a problem with Thunar opening twice. Here’s how to fix it:

1) Go to Xfce Menu > System > Xfce 4 Task Manager.

2) Scroll through until you see Thunar. Right click it, and click Kill. If it asks if you want to actually kill the process, say yes.

3) Exit all of your programs, and go to Xfce Menu > Quit. Check “Save session for future logins”, and log out.

4) Log in, start Thunar, and hopefully it will only load once.

5) If you are having troubles with the Run dialog (Alt+F2) loading twice, simply replace wherever it says Thunar in this guide with xfrun4.

* Note: To make sure Thunar doesn’t load up in the background next time you log in, uncheck “Save session for future logins”.



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  1. Nice blog and content. Would like to trade links?

  2. I had the same problem with my terminal opening twice, i performed the same actions you stated, in the xubuntu task manager thing and it fixed it.

  3. god resource Continue also

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