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I'd like to have all of my windows open in the center of my screen instead of the top left corner. Is this possible? If so, where do I configure this?

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up vote 20 down vote accepted

If you are using Gnome with Compiz, install CompizConfig Settings Manager.

  • You can find it here:

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  • Or install it via Terminal:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  • Then open it and go to Window Management > Place Windows, enable it, and in "Placement Mode" choose Centered.

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Thanks, that worked just as I wanted. – Frantumn May 25 '12 at 15:28
compiz has been removed from Debian, as mentioned here. – Ioannis Filippidis Mar 8 at 20:32

For newer version of gnome (3.14 or higher) compiz has been removed. you can now Open windows in center of screen by check center-new-windows in /org/gnome/mutter/ using dconf-editor.

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