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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Why does Classic Gnome desktop use unity-window-decorator?

I've only been booting into classic gnome desktop since 11.04 and since upgrading to 11.04 I'm having horrible window flickering and what seems to almost be gdm restarting. Maybe it's not gdm ...
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The chrome around my windows appears to have disappeared. Any ideas why?

When my windows are not maximised the title bar disappears and the only way to get hold of the application pane is to Alt + Click and Drag. I am running Natty with Unity and I have not restarted the ...
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Strange “gap” at the top of windows when first opened?

The first time a window appears there is a "gap" near the top of the screen, a space where you can see through to the background (or whatever window is underneath). It's really hard to explain, so ...
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Strange window manager behaviour

I just upgraded to 11.04 and I'm having some trouble with the window manager. When I log in there are no window borders around anything. Also when I log in it is running some theme that looks like it ...
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Windows in Unity are Jumpy [closed]

Just running the new Ubuntu, I've noticed that my Windows don't move smoothly around the screen. Instead, they're jumpy and jerky. I have a GeForce 560ti. This is a higher end video card. I'm ...
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What's the best way to implement a script for tiling windows?

I just upgraded to ubuntu 11.04, and I am looking for a good way to tile windows. What I need is just to move window to the left or right half side of the screen, and bind the actions to some keyboard ...
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What is the lightest desktop interface for ubuntu and is Unity-2d classified as a 'light' interface?

With the plethora of potential interfaces available lxde, openbox, fluxbox xfce, gnome2, gnome3, unity-3d, unity-2d etc, my question is - what is meant by "the lightest desktop interface" - and ...
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Make application always on visible workspace by default?

I want my calculator to always appear on the visible workspace. Right now, I have to right click its title bar every time I open it and check the option, but I know earlier versions of Compiz allowed ...
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How to make firefox main windows have no decorations using devilspie?

First off, I can't run Compiz. It doesn't work with my old ati. I'm trying to make all firefox main windows have no decorations. Here's the rule: ( if ( and ( is ( application_name ) "Firefox" ) ...
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After the removal of Ubuntu Classic in 11.10, will I be able to install it once again?

After Ubuntu Classic is removed in 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), will I be able to re-install it?
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No window manager running by default on boot, what is the best method to ensure one opens cleanly?

When I start Ubuntu (10.04), the desktop starts and has windows without their window chrome (e.g. they don't have close, minimize, or maximize buttons). When I click on the "show desktop" icon, the ...
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How can I reset compiz to the default settings?

I've got a bug that is reoccuring (no window chrome close/minimize/maximize buttons) that is solved by changing the visual effects level (e.g. from none to normal). Unfortunately, the desktop is ...
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How to use loose focus feature of Xserver?

I want one window to loose mouse focus (its a game, and alt-tab doesnt work as it should). There is this interesting commit that i reached with searching and reading, but dont know how to use DeaGrb ...
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How do you change the resize increment?

I currently have my <distance name = "left/right/bottom/whatever_width" value = 0\> so I have to use Alt+F8 to resize windows. Unfortunately, this is a bit cumbersome because the resize ...
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Different partial zooms using keyboard

When coal was young I was using fvwm (or maybe tvwm?) which allowed me to define many different zooms and control them using keyboard, something like Super+left: make the window fill the left half ...
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How to configure my system so that all windows start maximized?

Every time I open a terminal or an application like Inkscape I have to click the maximize button because by default they open in a small size. Is there a way I can configure my system so that whenever ...
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WinSplit Revolution for openbox?

When on Windows I commonly use WinSplit Revolution to arrange my windows. I found a plug-in for compiz fusion that does a similar task, but I am using openbox. Are there any programs that can do the ...
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Fullscreen windowed mode in id games

I run a TwinView, dual monitor system. I like to play games fullscreen on one of the monitors, not spanning both. With wine, this works by just setting it to desktop mode and setting the resolution to ...
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How to use Window snapping for Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to emulate winkey+arrow Windows 7's maximise shortcut keys? I am trying Ubuntu and I want to have my windows snap to the left and right like Windows 7 when I use ...
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I3 WM with auto internet connectivity and a gnome panel

I wanna use I3 as WM with a gnome-panel on the bottom. But when i try to start the gnome-panel, I3 crashes. So how is it possible to run both? Another question is: How can i connect to the internet ...
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Which window has current focus?

I'd like to know (programmatically) which window has current focus. Is there a window-manager independent way of discovering that? Otherwise, how does one determine which window has focus in Compiz ...
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Configuring Compiz Grid?

Apparently there is a way to get an Areo Snap feature with the Grid plugin for Compiz. I've downloaded the advanced configuration files and have selected the plugin in the Compiz configuration - even ...
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How exactly does gnome manage laptop suspend events?

The reason I ask is that, while suspend under lid closure and fn-F4 work perfectly in the Ubuntu (gnome) desktop, I cannot get them to work when using a different window manager (fvwm) on my thinkpad ...
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How do I disable the new invisible border feature (ruins Compiz' Grid plugin)?

A new feature was added recently that adds an invisible border around the windows to grab for resizing (although i thought the new resize grip solved any big issues). This annoys me because it ...
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How to programatically manipulate application windows?

Anyone know a library, preferably for ruby or python, that will let you access a list of open applications and let you manipulate them? All I really want to be able to do is change their geometry and ...
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How can I change focus when a game locks it?

I am playing Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and when I play it in windowed mode, I can't change focus from the game to something else (Alt+Tab doesn't work).
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Window management shortcuts?

I've got a single massive monitor at home, and I've decided to mimic the Windows 7 window tiling shortcuts. I found a few guides online using wmctrl, and it's going well, save one thing: maximized ...
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Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard

I know that using Alt+F7, I can use the keyboard to move the window around. I can also use the "Grid" plugin of Compiz to position quickly the window around my current monitor. The grid plugin doesn't ...
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How can I use Unity 2d with another window manager besides Metacity?

How can I use Unity 2d with another window manager besides Metacity? (like openbox forexample)
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Building Awesome WM

I am following these steps in order to build Awesome window manager on 10.04 I am building 3.4 while the tutorial is for 3.1 I installed all of the specified dependencies including cairo. After ...
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Shell command to bring a program window in front of another?

Does a shell command exist to bring a already started program in gnome in the front of another. i.e.: Gedit and Nautilus are started. Nautilus is in the background and Gedit in the foreground. How ...
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Remove windows borders (like in lxde)

I have a small screen (1280x800) and don't like to waste space. Is there a way to remove a title bar and the frames of the windows themselves? The buttons on the title bare are easily replaced by ...
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Can I let maximized windows reach behind the gnome-panel?

My top gnome-panel is set to not expand and sits on the top-right of my screen. I just realized I wouldn't mind if maximized windows were able to get behind it (it wouldn't actually cover up ...
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Moving windows from the keyboard

Is it possible to move windows from the keyboard itself without touching the mouse? I know I can do a Alt + Left Click and drag the window, however I am hoping there is something I can use to move it ...
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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager?

As the title says. I'm having a really hard time trying to understand what the differences between a desktop environment and a window manager are? EDIT: This is what I found out later. There are ...
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How can I switch between windows of the same application?

I often have more than ten windows open at the same time and some of them are of the same applications, notably gnome-terminal. Often when I am currently on one terminal, I just want to get to ...
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How to persistently export an environment variable before starting compiz

A few months ago compiz suddenly stopped working. That is, it got to a refreshrate where the redrawing is more than noticeable. It took 5 seconds to redraw a chat window. Ever since I've been using ...
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Mouse cursor seems to change keyboard input focus

Running 10.04 and 10.10 (maybe before these) I've noticed that for some dialogs to accept input the mouse cursor must be in the parent window. This is the case even though from the window ...
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Remember last window location

How can I configure my Ubuntu to start all program windows at the last window location? In compiz I only can configure that all windows start in one corner, centered, etc. Or I have to define rules ...
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Is there a keybind to minimize all windows, without a toggle?

I know about the show desktop keybind (default Ctrl+Alt+D), which I use often enough. However, I'm looking for a way to minimize all windows without activating "show desktop". I'm on a default ...
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Frozen window carcass that doesn't want to leave

I have this problem: Larger image Seems like something has frozen. This happens after every reboot now. How do I track what is frozen and what to kill?
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how can I stop top-panel from overlapping window border in dualscreen mode?

I have a dual-screen setup with mu laptop screen as primary and my LCD screen as secondary placed over the laptop screen. On my laptop screen I have a top-panel at the top of the screen and docky at ...
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Why doesn't the clipboard work in modern linux distributions?

Can't the developers finally in 2011 move away from the flawed concepts of selections and private clipboards in applications and create a working clipboard service under X window system? I'm ...
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Will uninstalling the Byobu Window Manager break my GUI?

I'm currently uninstalling redundant applications from my Ubuntu 10.10 system and I came across the Byobu Window Manager under the 'Provided by Canonical' section. Does this play any sort of critical ...
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Clicking a window's decoration brings the window to the top, but clicking elswhere does not!

To bring a window to the "top" via the mouse (ie. to bring it above other overlapping windows), I need to click on the window decoration. Clicking anywhere else in the window, activates the window, ...
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programs' title bar dissapear

I have the next problem: the programs' title bar just dissapear and I can't move the windows, maximize, etc. It occurs when I turn on the computer, but not always. Is it a bug or something?? I've ...
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How to setup a mouse shortcut to raise window if it's covered by another window, otherwise lower it?

I'd like to raise window if it's covered by another window, otherwise lower it, with some shortcut mouse (click + extra keys). Knowing that a window (that you are interested in) is in a region close ...
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Is Client Side Decoration(CSD) dead?

As stated by KWin developer Martin: http://blog.martin-graesslin.com/blog/2010/10/kwin-at-uds/ I just wanted someone to confirm it... :-)
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Which tiling window manager is easiest to install and use inside of GNOME

I just tried integrating xmonad with GNOME on Ubuntu 10.04, according to the instructions found here: http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Xmonad/Using_xmonad_in_Gnome#Ubuntu_Karmic Unfortunately, I ...
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Windows 7 style live previews

Is it possible to get windows 7 style live previews of what a window is doing, when it is hovered over? for instance, when i hover over a video player on windows 7, i can see the video playing in ...