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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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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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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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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How can I bring all windows of an application to the front?

Sometimes I want to bring all the windows of one application to the top. It seems that the only way to do this in Unity currently is to switch to each window individually (either by using alt-tab, ...
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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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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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How do I configure the mouse to raise and lower windows

I've just installed 14.04 and cannot find the congfuration screen to control how mouse clicks are acted on by the window manager, and then optionally passed to the application. I want to set the sane ...
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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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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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How to launch Configure Kde control module by command line?

Right-clicking on the top bar of a window gets you, via "Configure Window Behavior", to the Window Manager settings. Here you can learn and configure the advanced features of KWin. But is there a way ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cycle windows over all workspaces in XFCE (while being able to cycle over one workspace)

I am aware of the xfwm4 -> general -> cycle_workspaces setting but I want to have two shortcuts: cycles over the windows of the current workspace cycles over the windows of all workspaces
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How can I easily send a window to the back of a stack?

I like to work with a number of apps open on a secondary monitor, one with a maximized window, and several more that are manually tiled in a particular way on top of them, just exposing a particular ...
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Minimize windows without them going black and white

I recently updated to KDE 4.10. Now when I minimize windows, the task manager shows them being black and white. I find this very annoying since I tend to find windows primarily based on colors, not ...
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how to do ALT+ TAB for main system while in VBOX?

I have recently gone through this issue. I am running Lubuntu 13.04 in VirtualBox .So when I have maximized and if I would like switch to next window of main system usually we all do ALT+TAB but thats ...
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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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How do I restart the window manager?

How to restart window manager so that styles (or whatever) are restored? After doing /etc/init.d/networking stop they feel completely broken.
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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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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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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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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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Alt-Tab behaviour in KDE 4.8.2 after upgrade to 12.04

This may be a silly question for this community (and if this question does not belong here, please let know, and I'll either delete it or move to another suggested forum.) I run Kubuntu, and I just ...
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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 run a graphical application in a virtual console besides <Alt+F7>?

I want to run R in a virtual console and RCommander in a separate virtual console. Or maybe I want to run a game in a virtual console and shut off the desktop. Or maybe I want to pipe an ssh -x ...
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Laptop-friendly alternatives to Unity window-placement shortcuts

Unity (I'm using Ubuntu Trusty if it matters) has these very handy shortcuts where you can press ctrl+alt+numpad to place a window in one of 8 predetermined positions. For instance, ctrl+alt+7 will ...
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How to efficiently navigate through all application windows in Unity (aka Alt-Tab)

In Unity, Alt-Tab initially shows only one icon per application. Often I have multiple Terminal windows, and I prefer navigating to them via keyboard. Here are the different options I have found, and ...