XFCE4 Terminal 0.6.1 has been released, now XFCE users can enjoy the dropdown Terminal like Guake or Yakuake on XFCE desktop. But, by default, the XFCE4 Terminal doesn't show the drop down preference, you need to run the terminal with "xfce4-terminal --drop-down" to reveal the drop down preferences.

XFCE4 Terminal 0.6.1 release notes:
  • Add drop-down window support with --drop-down parameter
  • Load default Alt+N accelerators on first startup
  • Make single tab accelerator insensitive again
  • Rename Go menu to Tabs
  • Make right-click tab menu more functional
  • Allow underscore and + in email address
For further information about the release note, please click here.

Install XFCE4 Terminal on Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal
As I use Xubuntu, this release makes me excited to install. You can install it too by executing the following command:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install xfce4-terminal

Set shortcut for the drop down Terminal!
If you are using Xubuntu too, I'll show step by step tutorial on how to set shortcut to XFCE4 Terminal dropdown style.

Open the application menu and choose "Settings Manager > Keyboard", and open the "Application Shortcuts" tab.

Click the "Add" button to add a new shortcut, a new dialog window appear (see the picture below).

Fill in the "Command" field with "xfce4-terminal --drop-down" (without quotes) and then press "OK". You will be asked to assign keyboard shortcut to the command you've entered. In this example, I use F12 but you can use any keyboard shortcut you like.

You've done! The result should look like this.

Now, everytime you press F12, XFCE4 Terminal will be opened with dropdown style! Just like Guake and Yakuake. Regards :)

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