Questions about the window manager, Metacity. Metacity was the default window manager for the Gnome desktop prior to Gnome 3.

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Keyboard shortcuts don't work in gnome shell

After upgrading to 12.04 the keyboard shortcut of the windows manager (Metacity) such as my custom Alt+1, Alt+2 for desktop switching but also the default Alt+F10 for maximizing window stopped working ...
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Hide window title in gnome-shell using mutter, gdk, wnck or gtk

I'm after a way to: get list of all application windows currently open, as a Gdk or Gtk window remove window decorations for selected windows (maximised in my case). I'd like to do this using ...
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Compiz in Precise 12.04 - Unity 2D [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make Unity 2D launcher icons smaller? I'm looking to be able to tweak some things in Unity 2D. I have an older machine with a Celeron M 2.2GHz and only 2GB ...
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How to customize window borders and controls?

I want to use themes from Gnome Art, but I can't find where to configure Control/Window Border/Icons in Ubuntu 12.04.
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Remove close button on specific application

I would like to remove the close button only on selected applications. Is it possible? My expected result would be deactivating Skype's tray ugly-icon and removing the close button from his window, ...
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How to remove the title bar of a window in js/lg/extension under gnome-shell?

I know that title bar of windows can be removed in {g,d}conf-editor or by modifying the metacity theme. However, I want to have some rather complex rules for showing title bars or not (like hide the ...
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Use compiz on startup, compiz --replace bad?

I want to run compiz on startup instead of the default window manager in the Gnome Classic Gnome Shell Fallback. My problem is that I can't find the "correct" way to do this. I have tried a bunch of ...
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Installed xmonad, broke gnome desktop

I installed xmonad a couple of nights ago. Xmonad includes the files that you would need select it from GDM (e.g. /usr/share/applications/xmonad.desktop and /usr/share/xsessions/xmonad.desktop). I ...
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Compiz not drawing window controls

I have recently installed driver for my ATI graphic card in my Dell Studio laptop. I have also read this somewhere on the web that Ubuntu enables compiz window manager by default if your hardware can ...
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Window Manager and Login Screen Removed After Trying and Uninstalling Gnome Shell

A while back I decided to try the Gnome Shell desktop environment as I've always been a fan of the foundation and the desktop environment. I decided that I'd become used to Unity and that I wouldn't ...
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Need suggestion for working Xubuntu theme

I just installed Xubuntu. Everything works fine except the window manager theme is broken (the border is only 1 px wide which makes it almost impossible to resize a window with my touchpad). The other ...
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How can I fix a GTK 3 theme window border looking wrong?

This image speaks for itself: The white line between the window border and the window body is not supposed to be there. I've seen other users dealing with the same issue but I've never seen a ...
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How can I install Emerald Theme Manager, and switch between Emerald and Metacity themes?

I want to get Emerald Theme Manager to work in Ubuntu 11.10 and activate its themes. Also, I want to be able to switch between Emerald themes and the originally installed (Metacity) themes. How do I ...
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How can I change the window movement key when using Unity 2D?

The default window movement key (alt) conflicts with several programs that I use fairly often. I'm sure some users find this key binding useful but I really need to change it to something else so that ...
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Missing title bars of every window

Recently I did re-install empathy, and installed Pidgin. I don't think this is related to gnome system. I don't know what else I did, but all the window's title bars are gone. Basically I can't move ...
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Window Menu Bar Issue

I installed Ubuntu Natty (11.04) a while ago and also CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm) for better display effects. This was working fine till now but since a few days ago due to some unknown ...
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How to enable experimental rounded corners?

My one major disappointment with Oneiric is that it no longer includes nice rounded corners as in some of the dev builds: Andrea Cimitan's Google+ post. Although he argues that Compiz is still too ...
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How to change the window theme in Gnome Shell

I use Gnome Shell on Ubuntu 11.10. I can use Gnome Tweak Tool to change the GTK theme and icon theme, but I can't change my window theme. If I select anything other than the default theme "Adwaita", ...
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How to switch from metacity to compiz permanently?

I know that by typing a command: compiz --replace into the terminal window you can switch back to compiz, but this only works till the next logout/reboot. I want to switch for good. In Natty Narwhal ...
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How can i set exceptions for Metacity/GNOME window-styles?

I have KDE and Metacity as window manager enabled with a dark theme, but I'm having a few problems with it and firefox. The default and my preferred style of firefox is light and not dark, but firefox ...
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PyQt apps cause Window Manager to crash - where's the problem?

I've upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 and I have a strange problem. PyQt apps, like ReText and the one below, cause window manager to go crazy. Metacity crashes, Compiz hangs, GNOME Shell / Mutter displays ...
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How can I remove the rounded edges and transparent border from a metacity theme?

I have a problem with my current theme. When windows top border close to top panel, there's a transparent background at the top corner (please take a look at the attached image). So, how could I : ...
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How to change overlay scrollbar color? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change the color of the scroll bar? In my /home/myname/.themes/themename/gtkrc file I found this: style "murrine-scrollbar" { bg[SELECTED] = shade (0.6, ...
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what is the difference between a GTK theme, Metacity theme, and Emerald theme?

I keep seeing themes as being labelled as metacity or GTK or Emerald. From reading in other places, I gather that Metacity is a window manager and changes the window borders, so what is a GTK theme? ...
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Unity is using something that looks like Emerald instead of the correct theme (like Metacity)

I just upgraded my netbook thus: Lucid -> Maverick -> Natty. (I skipped Maverick other than as an upgrade step due to issues with Unity.) Now, I seem to be stuck with something that looks like ...
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Can I invoke a graphical program to run with a hidden window?

I have a program that interprets the input from my mouse and provides multitouch gestures. I wrote it using a game engine, which always creates a window when it runs. I'd like to run this program ...
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Set compositing manager preference to Compiz

As I discussed in this question, for some reason, Metacity was used instead of Compiz even with capable GPU and driver. I want to set the preference to use Conmpiz wherever possible, is there a way?
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Why can't I change the color of the titlebar of Ambiance?

When I change the color for highlighted menu-entries for clearlook the window border is affected, too. This isn't the case with Ambiance or Radiance. Why? Is it a bug or intended?
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Can the Window Controls (Max, Min, Close) and the Title be moved to the Bottom?

I know I can move them to the left or the right, even on the middle, but I've never seen a window with it's controls and title on the bottom instead on the top. Is it even possible to? Like if I ...
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Window buttons vanish after upgrading metacity packages [closed]

I am using Unity. Today I upgraded some Metacity packages to the latest version with Synaptic Package Manager. After restarting the Window Buttons are gone, but the borders are still present. See the ...
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Unity disabled itself, stuck on Metacity, cannot renable via ccsm, unity --reset, unity --replace, etc [closed]

I've been using ubuntu 11.04 for several months now...but today it just decided to quit on me. I temporarily switched my computer from a widescreen monitor to an older, square one...and I got the ...
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position of window control buttons

can we have unity move the max/min/close buttons to the right? When the window is not maximized, Metacity takes control of the window, therefore we can use gconf-editor to force the traditional ...
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How do I enable multi-row layout for the workspace switcher applet in Metacity?

I'm looking for a way to increase number of rows in workspaces layout, using Metacity with no Compiz installed. i.e. 3 cols and 2 rows. Using gconf-editor I can only change number of workspaces ...
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window switcher over all workspaces/desktops in GNOME [closed]

i'm aware of 3 solutions: use compiz's ring switcher http://code.google.com/p/superswitcher/ change desktop manager to KDE or xfce but i'm not satisfied with theses solutions. Is there any other ...
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How to disable visual effects and compiz 100%

UPDATE 1: The problem is not a monitor refresh rate flickering problem, as then the whole screen would be flickering. For me, only the application windows flicker in and out of view, then most of ...
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Can I use metacity's move_to_side keybindings from Unity?

I noticed that gconf-editor has some interesting keybindings for metacity in /apps/metacity/window_keybindings/: move_to_center move_to_corner_ne move_to_side_e Can I use these from Unity in ...
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Are there Metacity themes for Unity?

Any resources/collections/repositories for Unity themes? Is there any chance is Metacity themes will be supported, at least in terms of window controls and window borders?
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How to make firefox main windows have no decorations using devilspie?

First off, I can't run Compiz. It doesn't work with my old ati. I'm trying to make all firefox main windows have no decorations. Here's the rule: ( if ( and ( is ( application_name ) "Firefox" ) ...
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Commands to do things like alt-tab

Are there commands to preform actions such as alt-tab?
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How to close applications by middle clicking on the title bar? [closed]

In metacity I want to be able to middle click on the title bar and close it. I tried going into gconf-editor and changing the action-middle-click-titlebar value to "close", but it does nothing. Second ...
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How can I copy a gtk theme?

Suppose I am trying some distro (with Gnome) and I like some theme. How can I copy for installation in another computer?
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Is there a way to align desktop icons to (a vertical and horizontal) grid?

Is there a way to align desktop icons to (a vertical AND horizontal) grid. like in Windows for example.
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Force resize of Java window

I'm trying to resize a dialog window from a Java application (Thinkorswim). Oddly, the main application window doesn't suffer from the same issue and can be minimized/maximized without a problem. ...
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How do you change the resize increment?

I currently have my <distance name = "left/right/bottom/whatever_width" value = 0\> so I have to use Alt+F8 to resize windows. Unfortunately, this is a bit cumbersome because the resize ...
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How can I make Maximus and Metacity compositing coexist?

I use Maximus to undecorate windows, using the top GNOME panel to house the Window buttons and Globalmenu apps. The Metacity "compositing manager" option must be turned off, otherwise every panel ...
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Why does Ubuntu use two window managers: Compiz and Metacity?

I'm a bit confused about this one. Does Ubuntu use two different window managers at the same time?
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Can I get an always-on-top button in windows' titlebar (alongside with minimize/maximize/close buttons)?

I use to use always-on-top windows frequently and make them such by setting the option in windows' right click menu. Can I get this option closer, right in windows' titlebar alongside with ...
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Compiz antialiasing with xserver-xorg-video-radeon? [closed]

Windows previews are ugly on my computer. Is there any solution to make them smooth? BTW windows previews in Metacity with compositing enabled (/apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager) are ...
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How can I set a second screen (DISPLAY=:0.1) as the default gnome display?

Due to various reasons, I have my main monitor set as the secondary display in xorg.conf. I would like to have gnome initialize metacity, gnome-panel as running primarily on :0.1, instead of :0.0. Is ...
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Can I manually adjust a particular window's transparency using Metacity composite mode?

Compiz doesn't work correctly with my graphics card (Intel 82852/855GM), so I use Metacity composite mode, which works fine. Sometimes I'd like to make a particular window of my choice ...