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I was messing around with CompizConfig Settings Manager recently and I'm not really sure what I did to cause this issue, but now all new windows are opened at 0, 0. This means the title bar is positioned beneath the menu bar in the window z-order, making it very difficult to grab and move the window.

Here's a screenie that may explain it a little better:

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I was pretty much just experimenting in CompizConfig Settings Manager, I reversed any changes I made (to my knowledge), but I may have overlooked something. How can I fix this?

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try unity --replace in terminal or in the tty1 – Prasad RD Jul 31 '12 at 10:44
@Prasad: nope, didn't work. Note: I have restarted my computer since, in hopes that it was a bug that would be fixed by a reboot. – Andy E Jul 31 '12 at 10:45
sometimes, compiz plays with us a bit. when you click on a window, it'll disappear from there and appear in a new place... next time you know what to do, Right? – Prasad RD Jul 31 '12 at 10:52
up vote 4 down vote accepted
  • Press Alt+ Ctrl + F1. login using credentials
  • Enter sudo stop lightdm
  • enter unity --reset
  • Reboot the system using sudo reboot now
  • If even after reboot, it is the same situation. Open a terminal.
  • Type in ccsm
  • Now check Unity Plugin. It might have got uncheck. Once checked it will fix every thing.

Next time take a back up in ccsm working profile. :)

Let us know if you need more help.

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unity --reset fixed it, albeit all my settings were lost. It's not a major issue, though, and you're right; I should have made a backup! Thanks for your help. – Andy E Jul 31 '12 at 11:57

I opened the CompizConfig Setting Manager and enabled Place Windows plugin.

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