A window manager is the software component responsible for the tracking and placement of windows within a graphical interface. Examples: Metacity, Compiz, KWin. If your question is about an specific window manager use that tag instead.

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Xubuntu 14.04: Empty desktop on boot

My laptop worked fine earlier today, but just now I started it up and logged in, but my desktop is empty, my panels/toolbars/status bars are gone, and while I can move the mouse, right-clicking does ...
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How can I override the title of an X11 window running across an SSH tunnel?

I am SSH'ing into a server which has a copy of Firefox installed on it that I need to run. I can SSH in and run Firefox, and it will run remotely as expected. However, I need to frequently have two ...
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Raise window on mouse up event instead of click event in ubuntu

Main problem is drag and drop from a maximize windows to another window(not maximized). I have a maximized nautilus window and i want to drag and drop a file into skype window. But as soon as i click ...
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Unable to resume regular Ubuntu WM after Bluetile

I can't resume the regular Unity Window Manager after running bluetile which I installed with apt-get. Bluetile has a quit function called by Win+Shift+q, however upon exit it doesn't reset the ...
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14.04 Ubuntu black borders, black terminal

This problem is the same as described by: 13.10 - Black borders, black terminal However, that solution does not work. So I don't think it's a duplicate. In fact, nothing listed in that answer ...
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How can I start a program minimised, and restore maximised?

There are various options to start a program minimised, or to start a program maximised and they work well, but I'm always looking for new challenges. If I start a program minimised using the Devil's ...
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starting another desktop session from shell

is there a way to open a Desktop of another client when i log in as Guest ? I'll be more specific. I just logged in as Guest, because i have problems entering in the system as administrator. When i ...
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How to open Chromium in full screen kiosk mode in minimal windows manager environment (like openbox / jwm)

I am trying to set up a simple Ubuntu kiosk box (14.04), running only a Chromium in a very minimal windows manager environment. Steps I've successfully done: Login automatically: exec /bin/login -f ...
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Unity closing windows while process still running

Windows I'm using will randomly close and then the processes for those windows will still be running in the system. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.
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How to stop window controls appearing in menu bar and apllication

I have just installed ubuntu 14.04, when an application is maximised the windows controls appear in both the application and menu bar in unity. I have it set to just appear in the menu bar at all ...
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Bring gvim forward when I open a new tab from the command line

I like my vi command to open the file in Gvim and to open it in a new tab if Gvim is already running. function vi { if [[ -z $@ ]]; then gvim elif [[ ${1:0:1} = - ]]; then ...
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Make chrome app windows be always on top

Simply put: Is there any way to make chrome app windows have the always on top button when right clicking them? I am using xubuntu 14.04, and google-chrome dev. Selecting 'use system title bar and ...
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What is the difference between gnome-awesome session and pure xsession?

I am trying to use awesome tiling window manager and I figured I have a choice of running awesome as GNOME session or pure xsession. What is the difference between the two and when would I want each ...
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xfce: Show window borders on maximised windows

I am using a Plank dock at the bottom of my screen and set it to never hide because I want to use it instead of a normal taskbar. This causes even maximised windows to not overlap it. You can clearly ...
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How can i quickly switch between workspace layouts?

I need hotkeys to switch between multiple layouts for the same 5 windows. One is FF and the others are terminal windows. Wih workspaces this does not work. The closest I got to my goal was making ...
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can't click on warning window, window not active [closed]

When I want to connect to a network using a certificate, and I don't provide one, the network manager will open the following window for me. I would like to "Ignore", but I can't click on the ...
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How do I configure the mouse to raise and lower windows

I've just installed 14.04 and cannot find the congfuration screen to control how mouse clicks are acted on by the window manager, and then optionally passed to the application. I want to set the sane ...
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mouse shortcut for setting 'Always on top' a window [duplicate]

I use very often the 'always on top' feature over the windows to see two windows at a time. But the process of right clic + select always on top is not as fast as I would like to. I would like to ...
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How to tile window on the corners in Xubuntu

After I realized that Unity is overstretching my graphics card and my CPU, I decided to remain to Ubuntu by switching to Xubuntu. Xubuntu is must faster, but I am now trying to reproduce the handy ...
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“Present Windows” desktop effect: set up two differently-configured versions bound to different hotkeys? (ignore minimized windows/not)

I want to set up set up two versions of the "Present Windows" desktop effect (ie, have each bound to a different hotkey), so that one uses the "ignore minimized windows" option and the other doesn't. ...
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System monitor borders missing

It seems that some applications the borders are missing, I noticed it on gnome-system-monitor, but thought not much of it as I don't really use it. But more applications are having this issue too now, ...
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User upstart session in different window manager wIndow manager

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and i3 as window manager. After I have logged in to i3, upstart won't find my user jobs under ~/.config/upstart/. How can I make upstart find these config files without having ...
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Can't find a way to fix Unity!

I did everything I could do that was listed on Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears, but even with unity, nothing is happening! All I can see is my desktop and my desktop Icons! I can ...
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trying to install terminal window managers

I'd like to try some terminal window managers such as Viper Window Manager (VWM) and Twin ("Textmode WINdow"), but I'm having difficulties getting them running in Ubuntu. Are packages available for ...
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Is there a way to enable window borders in 14.04? [duplicate]

Window borders have been disabled in Ubuntu 14.04 by default. This can be distracting when there are overlapping console windows. Is there a way to enable them, and if so, how?
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Compiz - Move Window Controls to the Right

I was wondering how I could move my window controls (close, minimize, maximize) to the right instead of the left. I have Ubuntu 14.04 with XFCE and Compiz. Thanks!
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Is Mutter supposed to be my window manager on plain Ubuntu?

I ran into some problems after installing Gnome on my Ubuntu 14.04 desktop. I have managed to address most appearance-related issues. However, if I run sudo update-alternatives --config ...
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How do I get appearances back to the normal after installing Gnome?

I installed Gnome as an alternative desktop environment on 14.04. However, since rebooting: the loader graphic when starting and shutting down my machien shows the Gnome foot rather than the Ubuntu ...
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Xorg errors with alt. window manager

I'm currently trying to use the bspwm window manager, by following this guide. I have all the correct dependencies installed, and I compiled it correctly without any errors. The problem comes when ...
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Manual UI scaling for non Unity environments

14.04 and Unity now offer UI Scaling. But what if I am not running Unity? In this case I am running Awesome Window Manager. How can I get my applications to scale the way they do when I am running ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS how to avoid windows going off the current workspace

Sometimes open windows go out of the bound of the current workspace without any keyboard shortcut used and it is very annoying since the title bar may be inaccessible at times. I have Compiz installed ...
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No window manager after upgrading 13.10 to 14.04

Machine is a single boot Linux. After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.1 today, my son's account starts without a window manager. He has his desktop icons and can click them but no menu and no launcher. I ...
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gnome-panel broken with xmonad session in 14.04

In 14.04, I've installed both gnome-session-flashback and xmonad. When logging in using lightdm and the XMonad+Gnome session, the gnome-panel is broken, with half the indicators missing. When ...
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Why windows cascading mode cause segfault in compiz? [closed]

I found a critical bug in compiz, the x-window-manager. Ubuntu version : 12.04.4 LTS compiz version : 1:0.9.7.12-0ubuntu3 The test case is as below. 1) Set the window placement option to cascade ...
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How to show all windows of an application?

I have an application using multiple windows. How can I quickly bring all the windows of that application to the foreground? When I scroll through the applications with the scroll-wheel it only ...
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Possibility of triple screen setup with two graphic cards

I'm trying to get my favorite triple display setup (3x1 Portrait █ █ █) running under ubuntu/xubuntu 13.10 yet had no gratifying results so far. Ubuntu crashed Compiz repeatedly. And only offered ...
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Laptop-friendly alternatives to Unity window-placement shortcuts

Unity (I'm using Ubuntu Trusty if it matters) has these very handy shortcuts where you can press ctrl+alt+numpad to place a window in one of 8 predetermined positions. For instance, ctrl+alt+7 will ...
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Customize KDE tiling grid

In KDE, when the user is moving a window around with the mouse and she touches a border of the screen, a shadow appears showing the position the window will occupy if the user drops it there. When ...
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Is there an exposé like window overview feature in xubuntu?

Using Ubuntu with unity and compiz it was possible for me to create a hot corner which triggered all (in-)active windows to be shown in an overview. Is it possible to create something similar in ...
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Need help booting ratpoison on a Cr-48 Chromebook

I'm running Chrubuntu and I followed these installation steps for ratpoison on Ubuntu. But every time I try booting I get the following: : unable to launch "/usr/share/xsessions/run_kiosk.sh" X ...
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How do I move windows control button to the right? [duplicate]

I've tried several ways like using dconf, gconf and compiz but neither of those worked. it's set to minimize, maximize, close now and didn't move to the right even after restart why isn't it working? ...
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FreeNX Gnome-classic session shows no file icons and top bar is black

I have a remote server running 12.04 and connect to it with FreeNX (running on the Server) and the NoMachine Client. Everything seems to working apart from one thing: most icons are missing. The left ...
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DWM with GNOME Classic

Three years ago I used dwm (dynamic window manager for X). But dwm doesn't have such features as workspaces, menues with switches for user account, system and standard utilities etc. How can I use dwm ...
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Xubuntu 13.10 new app windows open with buttons at top of frame concealed

In Xubuntu 13.10, many apps, such as Bluefish, Calibre and Firefox, when launched put their window off-kilter, high and to the right, so the top of the window's frame is concealed. Pressing ...
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How do I remove the window manager of a single application, or open it with no window managment?

I need to open a window without it being managed by the window manager, while the other windows on my screen continue to be managed by the window manager, how do I do this? P.S. I'm willing to edit ...
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12.04 ctrl-alt-8/2 window snap problems only with terminal window

I'm running a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04, I have dual screens running on an nvidia gtx 760 running 331.49 drivers. Not sure whether this is relevant or not, but I have only the launcher bar enabled ...
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Reset compiz from command-line

I am considering enabling the ring switcher (or other) effects that come along with compiz extras on my Ubuntu 13.10. The default app switcher is not that much to my liking - navigating multiple ...
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Oneko on 13.10: Superimposed bitmap problem

Has anyone tried the cute cat-and-mouse oneko on Ubuntu 13.10. I noticed that the base bitmap is always superimposed with the other bitmaps, such as when chasing the mouse. The result is that the ...
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Window Tansparency - set for one window only

I'm running Xubuntu 13.10 and have set inactive windows to be transparent. However, is there a way to prevent one window/program (i.e. tvtime) from becoming transparent. See this screenshot
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Can't click inside any window application! [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I can click to open an application like Firefox or LibreOffice Writter and once the app opens I can't click inside...I can't click open or close, or refresh or anything. ...