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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Create keyboard shortcuts to move windows without Compiz

I'm running Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and I love it right out of the box. The only thing I need on it is the ability to move my windows to different monitors using the keyboard. For a few weeks I've been ...
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No window manager after installing updates [duplicate]

I got a notification about package updates and proceeded to install them. After restarting all I can see is the desktop background image. There are no icons and no menu bar. Key shortcuts still work ...
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Task switching brings focus to wrong desktop with maximised windows

Using ubuntu 16.04, I'm facing an issue where I want to switch to another window, the window manager activates another desktop (space) then where the window resides. I've seen this issue on a couple ...
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configure a simple (stripped down) desktop environment for xrdp sessions using xfce4

I'm building a session server for xrdp remote desktop sessions. I want to run just a browser and an X client program in each remote desktop, so my casual remote-desktop users can perform some specific ...
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How to write a script that generates a text file and opens it?

I have recently started using Linux and I want to create a script that will do the following: Generate a text file where the first line is: Work Plan {todays date} Save it with the name work_plan_{...
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Cinnamon Over Window Manager like 'Openbox-Gnome-Session, et al' [migrated]

I just switched to Cinnamon on LM18 after playing around with Mate. Anyway, I'm wondering if there are any Window Managers that can work underneath Cinnamon much like Openbox-Gnome-Session. Unless I ...
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XFCE Keyboard shortcut to place active window at the back (or minimize)

Is it possible to have a keyboard shortcut instead of middle-clicking the menu bar to lower windows behind all the others? Like the second answer to this question, but in XFCE instead of Unity. In ...
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How to reset default window positions and sizes?

Short Version How do you reset the default window positioning and sizing rules? As in, when an application starts, it remembers its last position and size. I want it to not do that, and start in ...
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16.04: Cannot uninstall dwm

I install dwm via apt, and I want to remove it and build it from source. Problem is I can't get rid of it! I've done sudo apt-get remove dwm sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove dwm sudo apt-get purge ...
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Kubuntu 16.04 | MaxTo Alternative for Kubuntu

When having to work on Windows I really enjoy using MaxTo? How may I achieve something similar on Kubuntu 16.04?
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How can I minimize windows, only on a specific monitor?

I have monitor and laptop screen and have a problem with the "Show desktop" function. Laptop screen is showing widget that should stay for all the time. Main monitor is used normally. Whenever I use ...
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Is it possible to get the first click on an inactive window to not register?

On OS X (or I guess we're calling it macOS now) if I click on an inactive window, it does not register the click, but simply makes that window the active window. For example, if I click on a text ...
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How to disable default desktop background picture module with third-party window manager?

I installed latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, then installed IceWM and set it as a default window manager. Everything works just great, IceWM's background picture is set in the config and is displayed properly,...
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ubuntu 16.04 not showing all system tray images

Recently, I've installed Ubuntu 16.04 but have some problems. The images of some icons in the system tray are not shown. Also, for non-full-sized-window The close/minimise/enlarge button are ...
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Windows always opened between the two monitors

I have KDE 5 and a second monitor. Every time I open an application, the window appears exactly between the two screens. How can I avoid this, and for example, either: Tell KDE to open the ...
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Text partially disappearing in many applications after unlocking on Xubuntu

Ever since I updated to the new Xubuntu version (16) I have two behaviours: sometimes I have to switch tty after unlocking the Laptop to make my mouse cursor appear again. I heard it is related to ...
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Is it possible to start an application without a window manager?

I have some really old machines that I want to run some games on. I want to get the best performance possible so I want to know (if possible) how can I start a game without a window manager. Maybe ...
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Possible bug in Unity 7.4.0? Windows disappearing or not activating properly

I have a couple of strange issues with Ubuntu since upgrading from 15.10 to 16.04. Has anyone else seen this or can anyone suggest a possible solution? Issue 1 Occasionally when I switch from one ...
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Installing AntiX's WMs on Ubuntu 16.04

I am not able to find an answer to this question, so I hope somebody will help me out. I currently use Ubuntu-Mate 16.04 LTS and love it. I have it set up perfectly to fit my needs. I also ...
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KDE Plasma doesn't recognize keyboard shortcuts, until I switch away from and back to KWin

I just made a jump from Maté to KDE Plasma. (Kubuntu v. 14.04.4) (I love everything else about it.) I'm hardly a linux beginner, but I don't usually mess with X and some help is appreciated. When I ...
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How can I get a fun little creature to run on top of my active windows?

How can I get a fun little creature to run on top of my active windows? Just for a fun bit of Linux based eye candy.
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Should I choose Ubuntu Server when installing a custom WM?

I would like to install the i3 Window Manager and when I tried it with the Unity version, some styles carried over to i3, which didn't look good. From my understanding the Server edition is just ...
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16.04 GPU murdering the onboard CPU (XFCE screen tearing expirement)? [duplicate]

I'm having a hard time understanding what is happening with my hardware. For context: I'm using an MSI laptop equipt with an i7 and gtx970m, both appear to work. XFCE screen tearing was giving me ...
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How to cycle through and open, open windows?

The problem with Alt-Tab is that it only shows you icons, and also groups windows of one app which are slow to separate. Also, the Super-W view showing all the windows at a reduced resolution is also ...
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Ubuntu server 16.04 without extra Window Manager start Applications fullscreen

does anybody know how to start applications on an ubuntu server 16.04 with x installed but no window manager, so that the windows from eg. chromium/eclipse open fullscreen? Or a really lightweight ...
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Terminal is not restored to proper size

I am using Ubuntu 16.04. The terminal is not restored back to its original size after maximizing in Unity. Is there any workaround? Or should I report a bug? In that case what should be the package?
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What is the most stable 16.04 desktop environment? [closed]

TL;DR I want to switch from KDE (plasma 5) to a more stable DE, whether it be LXDE, XFCE, Unity, Cinnamon (on Mint), or MATE (on Ubuntu LTS, if it is stable now). Those who have tried or have ...
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Auto-raise with compiz not working properly in Ubuntu MATE 16.04

I use auto-raise with compiz and from time to time it doesn't work properly. It just stops auto focusing hovered windows. What kind of info do I need to collect to get to a solution ? (Logs, ...
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Docky and Plank close apps when click instead of focusing

I am using MATE with Compiz and Docky/Plank. Lately a problem raised, when a minimized is clicked then it closes. The expected behavior is to focus the window and bring it back.
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gnome-tweak-tool 3.18 missing Window Theme option!

I have installed Ubuntu Gnome 16.04. But I saw something is wrong in gnome-tweak-tool 3.18 As you can see in below, the older version of gnome-tweak-tool had a Window Theme option : But in gnome-...
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Unwanted switching apps

I am getting unwanted switching to other windows when typing on the DELL XPS laptop in Ubuntu 14.04. This can lead to characters getting typed into the wrong files. Sometimes files get saved in ...
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Setting up a window manager development environment and a basic guide

I am using Ubuntu and I am not able to understand from where can I get the Xcb libraries. While I was checking some guide (whose name I forgot) I got the command : cc file_name.c -lxcb It was written ...
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ctrl-alt-numpad8 without numpad?

I want to run this shortcut on a keyboard without numpad: Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 8 - Place window in top half of screen. Question1 How to configure this for a keyboard without numpad? Question2 I don'...
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Chromium window disappears randomly but runs it just gets invisible o.O

What the title sais is the short description... its very strange and I dont know if its a ubuntu bug or a chromium one thus I had to make a huge post explaining it... :/ TLTR; I am not sure if it's ...
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Cick to focus is not working 16.04

This seems to have previously been a problem starting in 15.10, and after upgrading to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 the problem is still not solved. Click to focus specifically seems to be bugged on GNOME ...
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Why does Nautilus “desktop management” enable gnome-terminal transparency for a non-compositing WM?

I am running Trusty Tahr with spectrwm as my window manager. I have enabled the transparent background for gnome-terminal, but the background will only be transparent if I run nautilus first with its ...
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Is there a way to snap windows not only to screen edges but also to windows edges?

I tried snapping settings in Compiz, doesn't work.
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VmWare copy/paste one way

I run Ubuntu in VmWare virtual machine. I can copy from ubuntu and paste in my host windows machine, but I can't copy and paste the same info in Ubuntu. That effect just happened after some time ...
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How to stick window only to specific workspaces?

I have two monitors and 4 workspaces. I would like one window to be only 'partially sticky' - instead of being visible on all 4 workspaces, I want it to be visible only on two. Is this is possible at ...
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How do I move ALL windows to another monitor? (Ubuntu Gnome)

After I run Diablo 2 in Wine (Ubuntu Gnome 15.10), all my windows move to second monitor. Is there a way to move all windows back to first monitor with a shortcut key or some other fast way?
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Minimalist Ubuntu without the default window manager

I'm about to install Linux on my new laptop (Dell XPS15 9550), but I usually end up with a bloated installation because I like to use the i3 window manager. This means I have GNOME etc installed but ...
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Can I automatically send a particular application's window to the lowest z-position, when it loses focus?

I do most of my work in two applications: my web browser and my editor. I switch back and forth between them frequently with Alt-Tab. I also have an IM client (Hipchat) open at all times, but I ...
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xdotool does not terminate

xdotool click 1 works as it should: the left mouse button is clicked once. On the other hand, whenever I enter xdotool behave_screen_edge bottom click 1 in the terminal, the command does not ...
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Hide window border all time

In how to remove title bar and borders on maximized windows in kubuntu? I know how to hide title bar in maximized windows in kde. it works good. and my problem is how can i hide window this title ...
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Why can't I move a window to the top left corner with wmctrl in Unity?

I've been playing around with wmctrl to take more control of my windows. I've encountered a weird behaviour where Unity reserves double the space. See this screen shot: I opened the terminal and ...
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1-day old kubuntu 15.10 doesn't close windows even though the program is closed

Dear ladies and gentlemen, After a fresh install of Kubuntu 15.10 and some installations including Nvidia driver 352 from repos in order to switch to Zotac GeForce GTX750, some windows will not close ...
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Window content refresh issue

I notice a rather annoying issue with window content refresh. I do need to always press F5 to see the content updated. For example, if I'm in terminal and delete or move some files from, let's say, ...
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dependencies problems [duplicate]

I am running a kubuntu 15.10 machine. I tried to change my DM with a blank screen as result. After installing lightdm I got it. I could recover the /etc/X11/default-display-manager and I am back at ...
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How do you use Openbox with Unity?

I am not a fan of the way that Metacity positions its Close, Maximize and Minimize buttons on the left of the screen. Is there any way to change this? If not, is there any way to use Openbox with ...
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X Server Starting Window Manager (Compiz-Standalone) Cursor is Black X

I'm running ubuntu server 15.10 using compiz as my window manager. My .xinitrc is: #!/bin/sh xset s off # don't activate screensaver xset -dpms # disable DPMS (Energy Star) features. ...