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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Messed up window controls after installing and removing desktop environments

I have recently installed ubuntu-gnome-desktop and elementary-desktop in Ubuntu 15.04, and then removed them (along with the default-settings packages). Now, my window decorations are messed up. The ...
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How can I synchronize my user settings between my desktop and my live USB?

I've got a persistent-storage live USB (with a separate casper-rw partition), with Xubuntu 14.04 on it. I've got the same OS on my desktop, and I'd like to be able to synchronize my settings between ...
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How to highlight current screen (or window)?

I'm using two screen setup at work and while it usually helps more than it hurts, I have some issues with it. One of them is problem with trailing focus - sometimes I make mistake of typing on wrong ...
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Scaled up Chrome window

Since a few months I have a problem with Chrome browser. It always worked perfect but one day I turned Chrome on and it appeared like rescaled up. The window and interface became huge, interface icons ...
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How to install gTile and other gnome extentions in Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 - cannot detect copy of GNOME on this system

I am trying to install gTile in Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 (https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/28/gtile/). Instead of an on/off slider I have the following message at the top of the page: We cannot ...
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Switch between applications by using the keyboard

I am not happy with the current state of switching between application windows. Imagine I have tree terminal windows with these titles: local root@localhost user@remotehost Switching between ...
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Gnome / metacity and Chrome bug leading a to a falal error

since today I have a very annoying bug, opening a new tab in Chrome can make my system crash and I have to reboot. When I right click with you mouse in Chrome I see a black box instead of the standard ...
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Windows that start out maximized restore to an application-specific size, not always a good one

I don't know that this is an OS-specific thing, a bug in the various UI toolkits in use, or purely application-specific, but the inconsistency is mildly infuriating - enough, at least, to get me to ...
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Custom keys do not work in icewm but work on Gnome [closed]

Some Custom Keys do not work in icewm but work on Gnome. I have developed keys such as www., .com, etc.
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Is it possible to run xmonad inside unity? [duplicate]

I would like to have xmonad control my window behavior, but still have the ubuntu panel at the top of the screen. Is this feasible?
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How to configure multiple skype chat windows in linux

How to position multiple Chat windows on linux at specified position. Suppose I chat with two users at a time. How do I specify the position of multiple window. and how do i grep that particular ...
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How to open a window in background without letting it get the focus? [duplicate]

Scenario: Open a program that is starting slowly Not wait for it to open, and switch to other window/task. For e.g. selecting some files in a directory to delete While I am working focused on other ...
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How can I move a window from an invisible viewport to the current one, without switching viewports

I use 15.04 with Unity and 4 virtual desktops. When I have opened a window on desktop 1 and am viewing desktop 2 (for example), is there a way to easily get that window from desktop 1 to show up on ...
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Ubuntu 15 not running system bar (with clocks), windows contrlos (minimize, close and the windows bars itselves) and dashboard

I use MacBook Pro 15" 2013th (Summer), Ubuntu 15, TWO monitors: 1st: built-in retina and the other - Dell 29". Everything was great a few months by today, after starting the system as usual, I did ...
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Making window moves/drags as wireframes in LXDE?

I'm using x2go for remote desktop management over a relatively high latency link, using Windows and Linux clients, and the host/server is Lubuntu 14.04. I've managed to optimize most of the settings, ...
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Icewm Window manager does not show images

In ubuntu 14.04 On running Java Application that contains GUI. The icewm window manager shows only the background frame with grey color it does not display any picture. Pictures are in PNG format
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Is there a text-based window switcher for Unity?

The visual switcher is very poor at providing context. E.g. the browser window thumbnails are too small to tell apart, and often most of them are blank (see screenshot). Is there any switcher that ...
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Setting a custom splash screen using blackbox on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with blackbox as the window manager. I would like to set a custom splash screen, but I have no idea where to start.
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Use mouse to select tab with Alt + Tab, gnome classic on ubuntu 15.4?

Can I some how use the mouse like with gnome-compiz when using gnome-classic to select a tab in the menu which shows up if I do press alt+tab? This could make me quicker. As of Ubuntu 15.4 the ...
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Is it possible to have an “Always on top” feature in Lubuntu 14.04?

I'm using Lubuntu 14.04 64 Bit and I need to have the "Always on top" feature so I can have any window always visible if I need to. I've searched a lot up and down, but to my surprise I could not ...
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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 ...