Is Thunar (XFCE) right click - create new document menu gone?


Noticed that recently. Right clicking “create new document” sub menu is gone. It will then freeze Thunar for a while. It happen on two machines (Nvidia driver) for me but not a third one (AMD - Open source). All XFCE with the latest releases. Can someone verify that ?


XFCE-unstable branch. No issue for me.


Let’s first identify what Thunar you have installed, from terminal:
pacman -Qi thunar


AFAIK this feature is connected to ~/Templates folder.
I don’t know if some file needs to exist for a text file creation, but for others like LO docs there should be one.

Edited for name correction, memory confusion…


Thunar is build for the Xfce environment but is easily used in any environment and Thunar 1.8 works as expected in my Openbox installation (unstable branch).


Like I post earlier. In XFCE Thunar right clicking new document menu has disappeared. Just moving the mouse on that selection cause the cpu to spike to 17% usage (4GHZ cpu )instead of a mere 3% as usual. Thunar is 1.8.1


When troubleshooting, nothing you already said is useful until you provide logs. Xsession-errors might suffice, but look for journal logs for errors as well.


Didn’t install it from any other source then stable branch.

Nom : thunar-gtk3
Version : 1.8.2-4
Description : Modern file manager for Xfce
Architecture : x86_64
Licences : GPL2 LGPL2.1
Groupes : xfce4-gtk3
Fournit : thunar=1.8.2-4


Check for mixed TKs

pacman -Qs xfce4


I’ll like to help but I am not a Linux expert. Which logs would you like and how do I get it ?

I have been using XFCE for more then a year now.


local/exo-gtk3 0.12.3-1 (xfce4-gtk3)
Extensions to Xfce by os-cillation
local/garcon-gtk3 0.6.1-4 (xfce4-gtk3)
Implementation of the menu specification
local/gtk-xfce-engine 2.10.1-1.1 (xfce4)
Xfce Gtk±2.0 engine and themes
local/libxfce4ui-gtk3 4.13.4-3 (xfce4-gtk3)
Commonly used Xfce widgets among Xfce applications (GTK3)
local/libxfce4util-gtk3 4.13.2-4
Basic utility non-GUI functions for Xfce
local/mousepad 0.4.1-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Simple text editor for Xfce
local/orage 4.12.1-4 (xfce4-goodies)
A simple calendar application with reminders for Xfce
local/thunar-archive-plugin-gtk3 0.4.0-1 (xfce4-gtk3-goodies)
Create and extract archives in Thunar
local/thunar-gtk3 1.8.2-4 (xfce4-gtk3)
Modern file manager for Xfce
local/thunar-media-tags-plugin 0.3.0-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Adds special features for media files to the Thunar File Manager
local/thunar-volman-gtk3 0.9.0-1 (xfce4-gtk3)
Automatic management of removeable devices in Thunar
local/tumbler 0.2.3-2 (xfce4)
D-Bus service for applications to request thumbnails
local/xfburn 0.5.5-1 (xfce4-goodies)
A simple CD/DVD burning tool based on libburnia libraries
local/xfce4-appfinder-gtk3 4.13.0-2 (xfce4-gtk3)
An application finder for Xfce
local/xfce4-battery-plugin 1.1.1-1 (xfce4-goodies)
A battery monitor plugin for the Xfce panel
local/xfce4-clipman-plugin 1.4.3-1 (xfce4-goodies)
A clipboard plugin for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-cpufreq-plugin 1.2.1-1 (xfce4-goodies)
CPU frequency plugin for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-cpugraph-plugin 1.0.5-5 (xfce4-goodies)
CPU graph plugin for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-dict 0.8.2-1 (xfce4-goodies)
A dictionary plugin for the Xfce panel
local/xfce4-diskperf-plugin 2.6.1-2 (xfce4-goodies)
Plugin for the Xfce4 panel displaying instant disk/partition performance
local/xfce4-fsguard-plugin 1.1.0-2 (xfce4-goodies)
File system usage monitor plugin for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-genmon-plugin 4.0.1-1 (xfce4-goodies)
plugin that monitors customizable programs stdout for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-mailwatch-plugin 1.2.0-8 (xfce4-goodies)
Multi-protocol, multi-mailbox mail watcher for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-mount-plugin 1.1.3-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Mount/umount utility for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-mpc-plugin 0.5.0-2 (xfce4-goodies)
Control the Music Player Daemon from the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-netload-plugin 1.3.1-2 (xfce4-goodies)
A netload plugin for the Xfce panel
local/xfce4-notes-plugin 1.8.1-3 (xfce4-goodies)
A notes plugin for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-notifyd-gtk3 0.4.2-1 (xfce4-gtk3-goodies)
Notification daemon for the Xfce desktop
local/xfce4-panel-gtk3 4.13.3-15 (xfce4-gtk3)
Panel for the Xfce desktop environment
local/xfce4-power-manager 1.6.1-1 (xfce4)
Power manager for Xfce desktop
local/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin 0.4.1-1.2 (xfce4-goodies)
Pulseaudio plugin for Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-screenshooter 1.9.3-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Plugin that makes screenshots for the Xfce panel
local/xfce4-sensors-plugin 1.3.0-1 (xfce4-goodies)
A lm_sensors plugin for the Xfce panel
local/xfce4-session-gtk3 4.13.1-5 (xfce4-gtk3)
A session manager for Xfce
local/xfce4-settings-gtk3 4.13.5-6 (xfce4-gtk3)
Settings manager for xfce
local/xfce4-smartbookmark-plugin 0.5.0-2 (xfce4-goodies)
Plugin for the Xfce4 panel that lets you quicksearch from selected websites
local/xfce4-systemload-plugin 1.2.2-1 (xfce4-goodies)
A system load plugin for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-taskmanager 1.2.1-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Easy to use task manager
local/xfce4-terminal (xfce4)
A modern terminal emulator primarily for the Xfce desktop environment
local/xfce4-time-out-plugin 1.0.2-3 (xfce4-goodies)
Take a break from your computer with this plugin for Xfce4
local/xfce4-timer-plugin 1.7.0-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Plugin to track time for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-verve-plugin 2.0.0-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Command line plugin Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-wavelan-plugin 0.6.0-2 (xfce4-goodies)
Plugin to monitor wifi connectivity for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-weather-plugin 0.8.10-1 (xfce4-goodies)
A weather plugin for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin 2.3.0-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Menu for Xfce4
local/xfce4-xkb-plugin 0.8.1-1 (xfce4-goodies)
Plugin to switch keyboard layouts for the Xfce4 panel
local/xfconf-gtk3 4.13.6-1 (xfce4-gtk3)
A simple client-server configuration storage and query system
local/xfdesktop-gtk3 4.13.2-8 (xfce4-gtk3)
A desktop manager for Xfce
local/xfwm4-gtk3 4.13.1-3 (xfce4-gtk3)
Xfce window manager
local/xfwm4-themes 4.10.0-3 (xfce4)
A set of additional themes for the Xfce window manager


you may also try this
sudo pacman -S --overwrite xfce4
it will reinstall xfce4


This is the same version as I use on Openbox.

I just checked with a virtual computer running Xfce.

I cannot reproduce - so it must be something else bugging your system.

Thunar is created in such a way that if you try to create a new file in a place where you have no write permissions - Thunar will not let select the Create Document entry.


May be but this is on 2 different computers recently updated.


Is this really risky ?


Do you have that folder in your home directory? Create it if doesn’t exist, even if is empty


no its not afaik
also create another user and check in that user problem persist


I can understand you - my test system is a vanilla xfce stable branch - fully updated - and it does not have this issue.

The only thing I can think of is the graphics drivers but I can’t wrap around that the graphics drivers should have any influence on the right click menu in Thunar.

That is a mystery.


Yes but I am using the French version. It is called “Modèles”. Never had any problem there before.


Could you please try creating the folder in your home? Just to test it - it could be an uncaught bug causing Thunar to choke on accented characters.

mkdir ~/Templates

EDIT: 2018-12-06T15:14:00Z
Tested by changing to fr_FR and it still works.

So I rekon it must be something local to your system and while it might have coincided with an update - I don’t think it is the update but I cannot be sure.

I just checked with the OP and the only common denominator is Nvidia - but how and why - I have no idea