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HandyLinux is a Debian-based distribution. Therefore it has the potential to become the distribution you want.

As I have said on several forums and blogs… HandyLinux, “wheels” (the two little on bike side) of Debian bike.

Remove noobTools

It is a fact, if the little-wheels are usefull when learning … they soon are annoying when you know ride…

Replace HandyMenu with regular XFCE menu

  1. Right-click on the HandyMenu icon, select “Remove” and then confirm the action in the window that appears :
  • Right-click on the bar (where you want), select “Panel” then “Add New Items…” :
  1. In the window that appears, select “Applications Menu” then “Add”. You can close this window immediately after :
  2. Your new menu will be placed right in your bar (like all new plugin added). A right-click on the icon allows you to move the menu where you want and/or configure:
  3. You can now enjoy the XFCE full menu:

Add buttons

In the same way you added the XFCE menu application, you can add more launchers to your taskbar for quick access to your favorite applications:

  1. In the XFCE menu, select “Accessories”, “Application Finder”. You can also go through the HandyMenu > Raiders > “Applications List”.
  2. Drag and drop the application of your choice in the panel to create a launcher automatically :

Add buttons 2

You can also add launchers in a second way and you can change them and choose the applications that the software library does not sometimes see (some applications to scan made by the manufacturer as an example).
Right-click on the XFCE panel (the task bar that takes the bottom of the screen) in an empty area and select Panel / Add new Items ; you will get the following menu: Once done the Add New Items window appears, select Launcher and press Add, which will add a launcher icon at the bottom right of your screen in the XFCE panel (the bottom right red cross icon): Right-click the icon and select Properties: In the Launcher window, you can add a listed launcher (with + button) or a custom launcher (with +sheet button)

  1. for the listed pitcher is like this:
  2. for custom launcher is like that (you can even choose your icon):

If you add multiple programs in your launcher, take a look in the Advanced tab of the launcher window. You can change the arrow place (witnessed several applications at the same launcher) which is gray in this example because containing only one program), and display options I'll let you test: Finally you can move your icon wherever you want in the XFCE panel with a right click by choosing Move:

Add a Dock

The “Dock” or “rapid application launcher” is in the wind, XFCE allows you to create your very simply own to achieve a result of this type:

  • Start by moving the existing panel: right-click the panel, choose “Panel” then “Panel Preferences”:
  • In the window that appears, Unlock the panel to move it. By unchecking the “Lock …” two “handles” appear on both sides of the panel :
  • Place your mouse pointer over one of the handles and slide the panel to the top of the screen. Now you can lock the panel.
    In the same preferences panel window, click on the “+” blue to add a panel :
  • Your future “Dock” appears on the screen, ready to be configured and identified as “Panel 2” :
  • Place your pointer over one of the handles and move the new panel bottom of your screen.
    Sliding panel at the bottom of the screen, you “feel” a resiliance on the middle of the screen. Release your mouse here to center your Dock :
  • You can now configure your dock from the preferences window on screen. For example, here is a centered 50px high with a transparent background dock. Only handles are displayed :
  • Let's add launchers. Simply apply the method explained in previous chapter to successively add your favorite applications. Close first the preferences window and then drag your applications :
  • Finally, you can set and lock autohiding in “Panel 2” preferences and get a functional Dock for your available applications in one click.

Handy2Debian : the definitive one

HandyLinux has no more secrets for you ? You want to go further in GNU/Linux world ? So move to Debian !! .
Handy2Debian is a simplified tool made to help you to move from HandyLinux to Debian in 1 minute.
Handy2Debian is not included by default as it's not a “noob-tool”… to install it, search for “handy2debian” in your Synaptic package manager or more quickly with your terminal (as you want to move to “Debian classique”).

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install handy2debian

Then launch Handy2Debian from the applications list, in “accessories” catogory. here is a little video in french but easily understandable:

What Handy2Debian does:

  • reset default configuration for XFCE & Thunar (your desktop, your themes, your wallpaper, file manager preferences, your panel, your launchers …)
  • reset GRUB & SLIM configuration
  • reset default user (in /etc/skel)
  • unsinstall handylinux meta-packages
  • delete HandyLinux specific folder(/usr/share/handylinux: the beginners guide, the welcome message)

What Handy2Debian does not:

  • h2d doesn't change your repositories: handylinux repositories are still here to let you enjoy our tolls like m_partage or redshift-config.
  • h2d doesn't uninstall applications, only meta-packages: your will not longer be part of the handylinux config&packages evolution, but your applications will be maintained and updated.
  • h2d doesn't delete your personnal files or directories, only confiuguration folders as mentioned in previous section.

What you have to do to finish the process:

  • change chromium startpage
  • uninstalle handy2debian
    sudo apt-get remove --purge handy2debian

Welcome to Debian “classic” ! ;)

Complete Applications

And if you plan to graphic with Gimp, 3D with Blender…
And why not change agenda, web browser, email client…

As you can see, it is here that explains how to turn everything upside down in your HandyLinux !

Feel free to visit the recommended softwares section (fr) on our forum.

Find softwares

To add a software, you must find it. You can find software :

Many proprietary softwares do not exist on Linux, this is the case of the Adobe suite (Photo editing, video editing …).
There are many software more or less equal and accessible. Here are some tips: full list on LinuxPé, on or with the search tool

Those softwares allow you to enhance your distribution and gain new features. These applications are usually available in the Debian repository.
For more information or advice on the proposed applications, visit the recommended software section on the community forum.

Internet browsers


  • Ooolight : A simplified and scalable adult office suite.
  • Grisbi : manage bank accounts
  • Lightning : the agenda of your email Icedove.
    To install go to your mail, click Tools > Add-ons > Extensions > Lightning


  • Gthumb : edit photos
  • The Gimp : a comprehensive powerful graphic tool (Photoshop has a free competitor)


Here you'll find some ideas, but a evoluting applications list (fr) is beautifully maintained by our friend fibi on HandyLinux forum.
You can also find in the forum a list of links to improve accessibility (fr).

Softwares for kids

  • Oookids : A simplified and scalable office suite.
  • GCompris : the must have !
  • La Suite logicielle Education (fr) from Ordi-solidaire : language learning, mathematics, computer skills, educational suites, drawing, music, games and educational puzzles, software for teachers)


  • Fslint : Sort duplicate files to save hard drive space !
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