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, add its tag.

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Two X-screens, how to get a window manager on second screen?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity. I have two X-screens, on separate graphics cards. I believe the screens are :0.0 and :0.1. The problem is that, at startup, only my primary screen has a window ...
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wmctrl does not resize my window

I would like to resize a web browser to a specific size. I have been trying to resize my window (testing wmctrl) using wmctrl but somehow is does not resize it, however the position works. I tried: ...
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Software controller for any ATI/Nvidia GPU

I wanted to know which GPU to buy for my new PC in order to: 1) Work with Ubuntu. 2) Manage the contrast, brightness... etc. This is really important as I normally have my screens very dim (Via ...
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Do not hide shaded window bars

I configured Unity to shade the window on mouse double click and then the shaded window title bar hides and you can only see on the unity launcher with a small triangle that the application is ...
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Display the current date & time in the window's title

Is it currently/technically possible to display the current date & time (ie: digital clock numbers) to the currently active window? Like appending some text from a script?
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Xfce Feature, Scroll to Select a Window, Implement on Other Window Managers

I am using xfwm, Xfce 4.11, in Xubuntu 14.04. I really like the option to "Raise windows when any mouse button is pressed." It is under Window Manager Tweaks > Accessibility. I like it because I can ...
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Change window transparency and prevent mouse clicks for this window

I want to change the transparency of a window and I want to prevent clicks on this window, like transparency popups. Is there any plugin for this? Let me explain question with pictures. I can click ...
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Just installed 14.04.2 LTS, USB mouse not co-operating

Done quite a bit of digging around, and as someone who is completely new to Linux this is driving me crazy. Just decided to duel-boot Ubuntu with Windows 8.1, with the intention of Ubuntu being my ...
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Window manager replaced by another app

It's been a few weeks now that when I log in to my Ubuntu box my window manager doesn't start up anymore but IntelliJ IDEA starts up all alone. Why IDEA I don't know. Whenever I close IntelliJ it ...
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Saving and restoring window positions

I'm experiencing a bug where when the machine comes back from standby a monitor connected via displayport (MST) does not come back on, however the windows are still in the area it cover if it did come ...
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Disable the window moving feature in Xorg and use Tiling instead

I've noticed when moving windows Xorg takes up a lot of CPU. But I only have a weak old Celeron Single-core with 2.80GHz. So my question is that how to disable the moving windows feature and use ...
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Switch application windows gnu screen way in Gnome

I like gnu screen windows switching way: Ctrl+A 1, Ctrl+A 2, ..., Ctrl+A 0 At work I always open windows in gnu screen same way for even for different projects: Ctrl+A 0 always opens Rails console ...
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How do I permanently change window titles?

Which files are involved in generating the window title? For example, if you open Rhythmbox, you see the program name as the window title. But it’s not generated by the .desktop file. Which file(s) do ...
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How to add diferent window manager than compiz

Since I can't seem to get compiz to return to default state (I have no start bar or top bar), how do I install another window manager under 14.04.2? And what are the other window manger alternatives?
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“stick” button behavior in title bar?

I noticed that in Xubuntus (Xfce) windows manager settings there's an option to show a "stick" button in the title bar of application windows. Out of curiosity I enabled it (moved from hidden to ...
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How can I find windows of a specific application and place them into a grid?

I'm trying to write a script to identify all open chrome windows and move them into a grid layout on a large screen I'm not sure how to find out what the best resolutions would be so I was going to ...
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Script (or software) to open an application window on a specific viewport and position

So, I have 8 virtual Desktops in Unity (with Compiz) because I have many projects I'm working on simultaneously. Problem is, every time I need to reboot or accidentally close Chrome (which ...
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Problems with minimizing and closing windows in Ubuntu 15.04

I sometimes have problems if I close or minimize windows in Ubuntu 15.04. If I want to close the window or minimize it, the system gets stuck and I can no longer click on anything. Only with the ...
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XFCE+Brightside: Capture mouse in full screen application

The hot corners created by brightside remain active even on full screen windows. This makes playing games and using full screen softwares like Stellarium irritating. Unfortunately, there seems to be ...
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Lighter desktop similar to gnome-shell?

I have enjoyed using gnome-shell, specifically the ability to do simple tiling by (super) + arrow keys, the expose hot corner ability, and the (super) + type in application name functionality. All too ...
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Can I use the ASH widow manager from Chrome OS WITHOUT using lightdm-login-chromiumos or google-chrome --open-ash command? (On x64 Ubuntu 15.04)

I was interested in using google chrome's ASH window manager on Ubuntu. I first tried dz0ny's lightdm-login-chromeos project, but that seems to have been abandoned. I then tried the google-chrome ...
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Strange Graphical Behavior

(This is xposted from ubuntu official forum. Nobody answered there, i hope i will be more lucky here) Since when I have installed xubuntu 14.04.2 LTS on my new laptop I got this strange behavior that ...
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How to hide window borders?

I recently saw that on Manjaro (with XFCE4) it is possible to hide the top border of windows. So the title bar together with the minimize, maximize, close etc. buttons were not visible anymore. Is ...
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What controls the generation of window borders? (MATE)

What I'm looking for is what controls window borders; specifically what actually defines what goes where (as in, the program that says the bottom bar goes at the bottom, not the side or what keeps the ...
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TWM - Why can't I do anything?

So I have installed TWM on Ubuntu Server edition, in virtualbox, but when I startx and enter TWM, I can't actually do anything but open the menu; if I click on anything in the menu it just closes and ...
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windows sometimes black

Sometimes windows, dialogs (gnome, KDE) go black and only the decoration as the titlebar remains and its buttons work as well. It happens a few times a within 10 hours continuously working. More or ...
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Fresh install of Ubuntu with i3wm

I would like to use the i3 Window Manager with Ubuntu and not Unity. Since I am going to do a fresh install Id like to keep the bloat to a minimum. Should I just install it normally with the ...
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Thunderbird window gets stuck maximized with no window controls

My Thunderbird opens up maximized and without any window controls available. When this happens Unity's left sidebar disappeares - here's the screenshot of my entire desktop. I tried removing some ...
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window manager not launching on 14.04

After logging in via lightdm, the window manager is not launching for some unknown reason. I haven't been able to find anything in various logs. There are some obscure .xsession-errors, but unsure ...
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Want to turn off auto-maximizing of windows in 14.04

I am running Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS, Gnome Classic and I want to turn off the auto-maximizing of windows that occurs when I drag a window to the top of the screen. I admit to being confused about the ...
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How do I display two windows as split screen? [duplicate]

I have two open programs, but I want to view both of them at the same time. Dragging and adjusting them manually takes time, and I might have to do this every day. Is there any shortcut for doing this ...
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Display error on maximizing windows Ubuntu 14.10

I have an issue when maximizing a window on my laptop running Ubuntu Gnome 14.10. I provide hereafter two screen shots, the first being before maximizing and the second after. As you can see, the ...
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Can I run aura/ash desktop environment on a 32 bit computer?

I would like to know if there is a version of ash/aura desktop environment for 32 bit ubuntu based OSes?
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Xubuntu tiling: how to maximize terminal window for partial tiling?

I have problem when do tiling terminal in Xubuntu 14.10. Those terminal emulators (I've test with xfce4-terminal, xterm, and gnome-terminal) can be resized only by width/height of font they are using, ...
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Adjust window resize sensitivity

(Sorry for bad title) I'm using Mate and I have this problem when if I want to resize a window, the mouse icon doesn't switch to "resize mode" unless I am literally on the border of the window. I ...
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Starting XMonad in Ubuntu 14.10

I'm trying to use XMonad in a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.10. I ran: apt-get install xmonad; and the system ran the installer with no errors. However, I did notice that it did not create an ...
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What causes the deviation in the wmctrl window move command

About wmctrl With wmctrl (not installed by default), we can get information on windows, their id, their geometry, the pid they belong to etc. We can also move or resize windows with several commands. ...
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Can I set a keybinding to resize a window to half its size, in a chosen direction?

Using Ubuntu 14.04, I'm looking into getting a 40" 4k display and have found how to resize windows down to quarter sections of the screen, but I would like the ability to further resize them down if ...
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GKSu is windowed instead of floating prompt

When I use any command with gksu, it doesn't darken the display. Instead, it appears in a window as shown below. Is this a known bug, and if so, has a fix been applied or made known?
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How to make xprop -set manual changes permanent

I am trying to permanently reserve space for my top edge panel in the middle of a dual display screen, where the two monitors are above and under each other, like this (the smaller lower one has the ...
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Changing window manager in LightDM

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and wanted to change the default Unity/Compiz window manager. I've went through the LightDM documentation and saw a related question, but I still can't make it work (I tried to ...
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Why is my Xfce window suddenly getting slightly larger than my display?

Sometimes, with no apparent cause, the main Xfce window suddenly gets about a centimeter larger (height and width) than the display. This means that any maximized application-window has to be ...
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aero snap left and right in metacity ubuntu 14.10?

I managed to install Gnome classic Metacity on Ubuntu 14.10 using this: sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback I can user the Super (Windows) key to maximize and restore the windows with the ...
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Can I move/resize windows a pixel at a time with my keyboard?

In Windows (since at least XP, probably before), if you use the keyboard to move or resize a Window, you can get very precise locations and sizes – even more than with a mouse – by using the Ctrl key ...
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What is exactly the relation between wmctrl -d and wmctrl -lG in Unity?

from man wmctrl: wmctrl is a command that can be used to interact with an X Window manager that is compatible with the EWMH/NetWM specification. wmctrl can query the window manager for information, ...
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How to rotate a specific window in 90ْ ​​?

Is there a way to rotate a specific window and not the whole screen?
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Windows scattered across virtual desktops after waking up from sleep [closed]

My setup is two external screens connected to a docking station and the laptop screen all running (thanks, Lenovo!). I have four virtual desktops (Ubuntu 14.04, Unity). At any point I might have one ...
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Programs suddenly have old window designs

I don't know what I did, but it seems that most of my programs are now using some poor old window design : But for example nautilus doesn't have this problem : Would anyone know what this is ...
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Window manager that's able to switch between windows using shortcuts

everyone! Tell me please: does exist some window manager that would let me switch between windows as easy as switch tabs in screen/tmux? For instance, shortcut+window index. Or shortcut+binded ...
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How to close only one window of an application?

I know that if I get the sid through : ps -ax | grep firefox and use : kill -9 "sid" I will close all the windows of the program. How can I close only one window of an application running through ...