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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Docking windows on the left or right of the screen

I would like to dock my instant messenger and have it always be visible. Note: I am NOT referring to tiling. A docked window prevents any other window from maximizing over it, permanently, just like ...
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How can I determine if a process has a window, and subsequently show, hide or close it?

Is it possible, either through a shell script or terminal command, assuming you have the PID, determine if it has a main window (form), and then get info about it (title) and show/hide/close it?
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How to start nautilus maximized from command line?

I can easily start Nautilus on a particular directory from command line: nautilus /home/nico/Documents But I want that Nautilus window to be maximized. How to write the command line? nautilus does ...
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Tiling window manager with multimedia key support out of the box

I love tiling window managers. I tried i3wm the other day and loved it. However, I spent all day trying to get my multimedia keys to work. They never did. GNOME and Unity both recognize the key ...
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Icon not clickable to change window manager when using Cinnamon

I installed xmonad using apt-get. Supposedly, I can select xmonad by clicking on the icon that appears next to the username at the login screen. Well, that icon doesn't respond when I click on it. ...
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In CCSM grid option, can I change the left edge to 2/3 screen and right to 1/3

I'd like the window management settings grid option in CCSM to allow me to resize window 2/3 when I drag to left edge and 1/3 when I snap to right edge. Is this possible, if so what do I do? If its ...
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15.10 Window Manager don't load properly

Since yesterday my window managers don't load completely. There are no window controls or any panels visible. Cinnamon for examplem goes straight to fallback mode; Unity doesn't throw an error but has ...
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Missing window borders in Gnome 15.10

Just installed Ubuntu 15.10 with Gnome 3. Using the Gnome Tweak-Tool I switched on Min/Maximise Buttons. Applications start maximised. When I un-maximise them, holding Alt and pulling down, there are ...
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Can I minimize a window into a box on Unity?

On Irix's 4Dwm, there was an ability to minimise windows into a box (contrary to the task bar used by modern window managers). I have seen this also on an old HPUX. See the "console" square in the ...
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Replace unity with xmonad 15.10 [duplicate]

I've installed and am using xmonad on ubuntu 15.10. How can I remove unity from my system and make it automatically load xmonad on startup? Should I keep LightDM? If not, what can I replace it with?
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How can I make a shortcut to raise an application's window if it exists?

I constantly switch between Sublime Text, Terminal and Chrome. I'd like to bind shortcut like "Alt + 1" so my current Terminal and current Google Chrome opens. Right now, each time i launch Google ...
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Move semi- maximized windows across multiple (2 or more) monitors

I frequently use Ctrl+Super+Arrow -Keys to move windows around. However, with a multiple monitor set up, the shortcuts only move the windows on the current screen. **Example of my situation: I have ...
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How can I prevent annoying workspace- overlapping window appearance?

In the current workspace, I don't want to see the edge of a window I was working with on another workspace. Also I like being able to shove a window mostly off screen so forcing bounds wouldn't be a ...
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Desktop Manager compiz not working

I'm running ubuntu 14.04, and recently configured my desktop environment with the compizconfig-settings-manager. After some tries I reseted everything and suddenly all window top bars are away, I ...
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Use the same keyboard shortcuts across all window managers? (RIP bbkeys)

By configuring and running bbkeys I was able to define all my favourite keyboard shortcuts for manipulating windows and starting applications in one place, and then use them from any window manager. ...
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Window manager decorations disappear after mounting old home folder

I had a 15.04 system where the window manager decorations disappeared after I installed Nvidia drivers. I removed and purged them, but the decorations never came back. So I reinstalled to 14.04, ...
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Compiz - Tooltips appear as applications in panel

I have recently installed Compiz as the compositing and window manager on my Xfce desktop environment. Whenever an application is showing me mouse-hover tooltips, these tooltip frames appear as ...
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when I restart compiz after it crashes it doesn't show some windows that is on the screen

I am on Ubuntu 14.04.3 32 bit platform. I use gnome+cairo-dock session. Sometimes compiz crashes and I restart it with compiz --replace command. Compiz starts running but some windows on the screen go ...
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What is overriding my window geometry? (Unity / 15.10)

Out of the box, on a freshly installed Ubuntu 15.10, if I start a terminal, it will launch a window which fills almost the entire screen. It's not maximized in the window manager sense, but its ...
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Move windows to specific screens using the command line

This is similar to Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard , but I want to be able to use the command line (so that all I need to do is to recall the command line from the ...
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Problems with windows interface

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity for a year. Everything was OK until update last month. After it some program windows became a mess, just like on this screenshot. How can I fix this? UPD. I've ...
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Is it possible to have four equally sized windows on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

It is common to have two equally separated windows by either dragging each window to one side of the screen or Ctrl+Super+←/→, but I want to divide my screen into four quarters. I have encounterd ...
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How to change the window manager without the login screen?

I know, in general, how to change which window manager I use after logging in. I do this (normally) by choosing from a slightly difficult to find menu/list of window managers. Easy. There must be a ...
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Force child windows to stay on parent's workspace

I am a heavy user of multiple workspaces, and often find an application, say, on workspace 2 will open a child window on the currently active workspace 3 where I have my web browser. Is there a way to ...
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How to disable sticky edges if the switch in the displays configuration window does not help?

There is an on/off switch for sticky edges in the display settings window. But toggling it does not seem to change anything at all. How do I disable sticky edges then? I'm running 15.10.
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How to have preset organization of existing windows?

I have a computer linked to a test bed and every time we want to run a test we open all our programs and have to organize them by dragging the windows.I was wondering if there was a way of making a ...
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How to move windows to a certain screen when using more than two monitors in gnome-shell?

There's an question that is asking in how to move a window around using keyboard shortcuts. Yet the provided answer of using Ctrl + Alt + NUMPAD 4 (left edge) Ctrl + Alt + NUMPAD 6 (right edge) ...
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How to enable traditional window placement/ geometry positioning

I have some remote X programs that all worked nice with 12.04. But in 14.04 there is now the following change. One program (emacs) calls another (gs) with a certain geometry specification. The ...
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Changing XFCE window layout

Is it possible to change the window manager to a layout like this? - Gnome Files The present one takes up too much screen estate, in my opinion. The attached image one is very simple and looks very ...
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How to hide window decoration (title bar) in Opera 32 and Cinnamon?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and my DE and window manager is Cinnamon (Muffin). Chromium has a nice option "Use system title bar and borders". Opera does not. I tried to add an option ...
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How can I get Eye of Gnome to open each figure in a new window?

I frequently open several (~10) figures that I want to compare. I have always generated them using an eps format then used evince to open the set I want to compare using something like evince ...
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New desktop session using xsessons, but app doesnt appear as full screen.

I am trying to start new desktop session with chrome app as fullscree/kiosk mode. Purpose of this is to avoid switching app. [Me:~]$ cat /usr/share/xsessions/exam.desktop [Desktop Entry] ...
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How to install Compiz on GNOME?

I want to replace my WN (Mutter) with Compiz. How do I do this properly without damaging Mutter and with the option to use Mutter again if the installation of Compiz fails? Thanks in advance,
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Using dual graphics

I have amd kaveri apu 7850k, but i connected my old video card, nvidia geforce 8400 gt, and windows animations is now smoother, but games are laggy. Is there any way to use video card for window ...
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How do I make Firefox open in the foreground when clicking a link in Thunderbird?

I click a link in Thunderbird (31.8.0) and Firefox (40) opens, but it's always in the background, even though keyboard focus is transferred from Thunderbird to Firefox. I have been pressing Alt + Tab ...
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How to open currently open VLC with shortcut?

I'm a new Linux user converting from windows. In windows, if I open vlc or other application use it, minimize and decide to run the application again by clicking on a file that is associated with it ...
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How to automatically raise an application, started by a user defined shortcut

I created a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Alt+C, for gnome-calculator. This works fine, but if another application is currently running, the Calculator gets opened behind the other application. How to make ...
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Alt + Tab behavior with sloppy focus + auto-raise

I use sloppy focus (which basically means it follows my mouse) and an auto-raise after 1/2 second. Saved me lots and lots of clicks :-) Now, if I move my mouse just for a tiny bit on a window, ...
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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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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 ...