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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Remove both unity and gnome?

TL;DR: Can I remove completely unity and gnome3 but keep compiz? Long Version: I really gave a go both to unity and to gnome3. I really did. I just can't bear them. I need something that I can rely ...
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How to use mouse scroll to hide windows?

I used to set the mouse scroll to hide the windows when scrolling on the title bar: alas, I can't remember how I did that... Can you please tell me how to achieve it?
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How to distribute windows over virtual desktops in Gnome

I have a load of virtual desktops running and I usually have one full screen application per desktop (so sort of like the Ratpoison WM but with an option to use it in other ways when needed). I want ...
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How to move a window between monitors with Gnome Shell? [duplicate]

I see this question is "answered" by stating that there is no way to do this in GNOME: How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts? I have doubts that it should be ...
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How can I set that Alt-TAB to switch windows only on the current workspace?

How can I set Alt-TAB shortcut to switch only between current workspace windows (not all windows on all workspaces) used Unity in 11.10? I set a plugin for it in compiz manager, but it could not solve ...
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How to move windows to another workspace without switching workspace?

XFCE supports a hotkey to move a window to another workspace. In fact this does two things: It moves the window to the new workspace. switches to this workspace. I'm trying to disable this ...
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How to disable auto-maximize windows in GNOME?

Each time I open any application, it zooms to fill-up the entire desktop and so I am always forced to use "Unmaximize" using Alt+Space menu. This is a feature that I must disable at any cost. Please ...
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enable window 'snap' in 12.04 (window maximation on drag to edge)

I have recently updated to 12.04. The feature which maximises the window if dragged to the upper screen edge, taking the right half if dragged to the right edge and so on, is now missing. (I'm coming ...
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Do I need a desktop to run a GUI?

I am setting up a light weight VM, following the guide in the Ubuntu Documentation What I want to be able to do is launch a GUI application. I don't need / want anything on the desktop. First I ...
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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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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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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 do I rebind “Initiate Window Move” to mouse button 10?

I am trying to use button 10 on my mouse to drag windows around. I have installed CCSM and changed the initiate button in the plugin "Move Window" to "Button10" (with no modifier, though adding ...
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Is there any Window Manager like the Windows 7's for Ubuntu?

In Windows 7, if you drag a window to the top of the screen, it will maximize, and if you drag to the side, it will restore to half size of the screen on that side. Is there any window manager or ...
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Window borders disappear

I have a new install of Ubuntu 11.04 and sometimes the window borders will disappear. How do I prevent this or at least get them back without logging out and logging back in (which means close all my ...
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lightweight window manager/desktop environment similar to Unity

I am looking for a lightweight window manager/desktop environment similar to Unity, but not Unity/Unity-2D GNOME or KDE. Specifically, I'm looking for something light with the following features: ...
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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 Configure Fluxbox menu?

How do you modify the default Fluxbox menu?
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Run a GUI program at startup on top of X with no window manager

I want to start a program on top of X after startup. I want no desktop manager, nor window manager, but I just want to start a single program like Firefox after startup. Is there a standard way to do ...
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How can I use Awesome WM with GNOME?

I followed the all the instructions I could find--the ones on the Awesome wiki, and the ones on the Arch linux wiki, but so far none have really worked. I usually get an error while trying to log in ...
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What happened to “Roll up” option in Preferences/Window/Title bar Action?

I like very much the option "Roll up" in Preferences/Window/Title bar Action but it is not there anymore in 10.10. There are a way to get it back?
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What window managers (or desktop environments) can group window icons in the taskbar like Windows 7?

I find it much faster to identify a window in the taskbar (window list) by its icon, rather than by its text: The problem with most window managers I've switched among is that they don't group ...
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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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Mutter: Global menu integration

Is it possible to have Mutter merge the title bar of maximized windows and the panel, like happens with Compiz and Metacity? I want to try to replace Metacity with Mutter in Unity 2D, and so far it ...
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Is it possible to use Ash window manager from Chrome OS?

Is it possible to use Ash window manager from Chrome OS? Here is how it looks like: More info: http://www.chromestory.com/2012/04/aura-and-ash-in-chrome-os-what-are-they/
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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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Is there a way to stop KDE from overwriting my other WM settings?

What is the problem? KDE does not respect other window manager/DE settings. Is there a way to safely run KDE alongside other window managers without having to reconfigure them every time after ...
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How to prevent launcher from influencing window placement?

As I understand it, in Ubuntu 11.04 setting the AutoHide setting on Compiz Config - Unity (see here) not only hid the launcher but prevented the launcher from influencing window placement. However, ...
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Disable joining multiple windows to one icon in unity panel

I don't want multiple open windows of the same program to be joined in one icon. How can I disable that to get one icon per window?
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HUD in other window managers (especially xmonad)

It seems that HUD is thightly tied to unity. However I just use xmonad as a window manager, especially I don't use unity. Is there a way to use HUD within xmonad (or more generally withing other ...
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Alternative desktop managers

Gnome is a reasonable desktop manager, but it doesn't seem to match Mac OSX or Windows 7. Are there any alternatives for Ubuntu that focus more on usability?
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Which window manager offers the best stability?

I installed Unity window manager and love it, except that it is always crashing, When I say crashing, I mean that it is unrecoverable, I can't kill anything even from TTY. It occurs usually once a ...
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How do I eliminate the extra title bar?

I'm using Oneiric 11.10, Unity 2D, and compiz (modifying some ccsm settings); I've activated the effects plug-in on ccsm, and when I apply the changes by typing in the terminal compiz --replace, I get ...
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how to remove title bar and borders on maximized windows in kubuntu?

In gnome-shell there is an extension that removes the window borders and close buttons and title bar etc on maximized windows to save screen real estate. I'm sure kwin / kde has a way to mimic this ...
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How do I install only the KDE desktop (and not apps) on Unity?

My question is pretty simple. I have Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity and I want to login with KDE. I have seen recommendations to: 1- run the three commands: $ sudo add-apt-repository ...
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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 ...
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How can I define startup applications with the Awesome Window Manager?

I've been reading as much as I can online, but none of it seems to work (i.e. changing ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua). I've installed awesome window manager from the repos, and I log into it via GDM, 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 turn off the Ubuntu 13.04 window fade effect

When I minimize an application it is very slow, due to my slow laptop It's quite frustrating to see it very slowly creep out of view! So how can I it turned off?
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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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Is it possible to place windows with keyboard shortcuts in Xfce?

With Compiz in Unity, I could press Ctrl+Alt+6 to place a window on the right-half of the screen, Ctrl+Alt+4 to place it on the left half, Ctrl+Alt+7 to place it in the top left quarter of the screen, ...
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What is the default window manager in 12.04?

I don't know how to find the default window manager application name (executable file name and path). I need help to find the window manager.
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How can I change the Xfce window manager to awesome?

I'd like to use the Awesome Window Manager with all the other XFCE4 environment daemons, like keyrings, panels, power managers, etc. Is there a way to do this?
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How do I focus an “urgent” application?

Sometimes applications will wiggle in the launcher and have a blue triangle. (See compiz config settings for Unity.) How can I set a keyboard command to bring that application to the front in Ubuntu ...
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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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Different window managers on different screens?

Is it possible to run different window managers on different screens? Example, I want to run a tiling window manager (such as awesome) on one screen, and then I would like to run a stacking window ...
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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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Can I use Unity with XMonad?

I've been using Fedora for a while, but I recently decided to upgrade my ubuntu installation from 12.04 to 12.10. While I was using Fedora, I found xmonad tiling window manager which I sort of got ...
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How to start xmonad?

I am under GNOME, and a Ubuntu 11.10 as virtual machine, which does not enable 3D accelaration. I just downloaded xmonad via software center. I guess the first step is to replace the current window ...
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How can I get windows properties like with X with Mir?

I started work with Mir and I have a one questions.. How I can work with all application (get title, get active application and etc.) with Mir? Example in X11 First link and Second link