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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Kubuntu with strange behavior in rendering window

After update Kubuntu 14.04 to 14.10, I've got a strange behavior that appears randomly. Nothing is trigged to do it appear, and it happens sometimes in every window in random parts of such windows. ...
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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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Window manager crashing at startup even after compiz --replace

Today I decided to finally install ubuntu on my computer (with windows) so I installed it from my USB key. But when I start it I can't move,close or maximize/minimize any window, the top left buttons ...
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Is there an exposé like window overview feature in xubuntu?

Using Ubuntu with unity and compiz it was possible for me to create a hot corner which triggered all (in-)active windows to be shown in an overview. Is it possible to create something similar in ...
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automatically organizing windows on large monitor

I have 27" monitor running ubuntu 14.04. When I work, I usually have more than 5 to 6 application (windows) open, which I organize in such a way that some part of that window ( application ) is just ...
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Different font rendering with other window manager

When I log into a session which uses the Blackbox window manager the fonts look different (read worse) compared to how they are rendered in Unity. Does anyone know if it is possible to achieve the ...
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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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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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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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14.04 Ubuntu black borders, black terminal

This problem is the same as described by: 13.10 - Black borders, black terminal However, that solution does not work. So I don't think it's a duplicate. In fact, nothing listed in that answer ...
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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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Command (for command line) to hide all normal windows [duplicate]

In the keyboard menu, there is a shortcut called "hide all normal windows". What is this command in the command line? That is, what could one type in the termainal to hide all of the normal windows? ...
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Centering a window with command line [duplicate]

Is there a command to center the active window in the middle of the screen? Compiz has a feature called "center", but it effectively shows the window fully maximized. I'm looking for the size to be ...
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fluxbox is overrideing nitrogen --restore?

My ~/.fluxbox/startup file #!/bin/sh # # fluxbox startup-script: # # Lines starting with a '#' are ignored. # Change your keymap: #xmodmap "/home/rapture/.Xmodmap" # Applications you want to run ...
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Perpetually logged in to Gnome without windows manager

So, I recently downloaded Xmonad to try a windows manager that was less demanding on my computer. At the log in screen, I unknowingly chose Xmonad with Gnome as my log in option. I am now stuck with a ...
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How do I adjust transparency of background windows?

When I switch away from windows (with alt-tab), they seem to turn semi-transparent. When I have a number of windows stacked (but not taking up the full screen), some of the ones behind the (opaque) ...
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How do I set focus follows mouse?

Is there a way to set up "focus follows mouse" behavior in Unity?
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StumpWM as window manager

How can I set up StumpWM to be my windows manager on Ubuntu 10.10? Right now I am using Compiz.
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Unity - desktop all empty [duplicate]

Ubuntu 14.04.1 froze completely trying to go into suspend mode while I closed the lid. After a hard reset I logged back in, but all I saw was the desktop background. I tried various suggestions from ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 not usable because of focus problems

I tried to set up Ubuntu 13.10, but there are massive focus problems which make it unusable. It don't seems to have something to do with Unity where I found something about focus problems in the web. ...
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Full screen mode under kde with any window

I found my new favorite shortcut (under kubuntu 14.04) Ctrl+Shift+f which brings applications like okular or kate to full screen. Unfortunately it does not work with konsole, chrome, etc. which brings ...
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How to stop window controls appearing in menu bar and apllication

I have just installed ubuntu 14.04, when an application is maximised the windows controls appear in both the application and menu bar in unity. I have it set to just appear in the menu bar at all ...
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Toggle horizontal, vertical and full window maximization within Unity?

I want to toggle windows between: horizontal maximized <-> horizontal unmaximized ALT+F7 vetical maximized <-> vertical unmaximized ALT+F6 (both) maximized <-> (both) unmaximized ...
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How to get PID of shell running in a terminal window under mouse?

Though similar questions asked before in this forum here , here and here, my question is different. I want to get PID of a running bash process in gnome terminal. Note: Suggested link which posted ...
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Is window opacity for Mono forms supported?

I am developing a multiplatform program using Mono and it requires Form Opacity support. Basically the ability to make a window semi-transparent. This works fine in windows by setting the ...
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Run a VirtualBox VM in a second X-Server with Graphic support

I'm starting a VirtualBox VM (Windows 7) in a second X-Server (Ubuntu 14.04) and i'm using the following xinit script (/path/.vboximage): optirun VBoxManage startvm <vm name> & exec tinywm ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - after update it boots in command line only (no windows manager)

I have Ubuntu 12.04, which has been working great for me since I installed it a year ago. Yesterday I ran the updates that update manager recommended. (Last time I ran updates before was about a week ...
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How do I determine which window-manager I am using? [duplicate]

I have a problem with window manager not loading, so I have to deal with just command prompt. I'm thinking about changing my window manager, but I switched them several times (trying to decide which ...
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Window vertically maximized beyond desktop size

After navigating through the system setting to do post install tweaks on Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.1, I have a problem with the Sound Settings window in that it is vertically maximized way beyond my desktop ...
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How to install Gala on Xubuntu 14.04?

I tried to install Gala window manager (the windows manager of Elementary OS) on Xubuntu 14.04 as described for example here, but seems like there is an unmet dependency. The error is The following ...
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Manual UI scaling for non Unity environments

14.04 and Unity now offer UI Scaling. But what if I am not running Unity? In this case I am running Awesome Window Manager. How can I get my applications to scale the way they do when I am running ...
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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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Desktops on demand windows managers?`

Are there any window managers that function like OS X's? I'm looking to be able to full screen apps and move back and forth between them. I would want to start with one virtual desktop and then I ...
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Window focus confusion in unity

I like having focus prevention set to high, so that I don't have some stupid auto-launched app steal my typing in the middle of something else. Unfortunately, Unity keeps focus on the right window ...
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Command menu in aptana studio 3 is not working in ubuntu 14.04

The command menu of Aptana Studio 3 is not showing in a Ubuntu 14.04. Other menu items are working fine. Can anybody suggest a solution for this issue?
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Kubuntu freezes at splash screen

A recent update of Kubuntu 14.04 prevents the login process to go beyond the splash screen. The computer is a Kubuntu 64-bits 14.04 desktop with a GeForce GTX 580. I have been running the 14.04 for ...
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Unity menus and fonts weird rendering

I have an issue that occurs occasionally on my Ubuntu 14.04 (x64). Sometimes, right when I turn on my pc, the font and windows are messy. But, if I log out and log on Guest Account, everything works ...
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How can I achieve more control over my XFCE keyboard shortcuts?

XFCE has a great keyboard commands editor in the window manager keyboard settings area. I can change the commands that open or close windows or move to workspaces etc. But it is a bit lacking. What ...
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Window manager won't start after upgrade to Trusty

I recently upgraded my desktop from 13.04 to 14.04. I see the normal graphical login screen, and I'm able to enter my username and password. However, after entering my login information, nothing seems ...
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Xubuntu 14.04: Empty desktop on boot

My laptop worked fine earlier today, but just now I started it up and logged in, but my desktop is empty, my panels/toolbars/status bars are gone, and while I can move the mouse, right-clicking does ...
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How can I override the title of an X11 window running across an SSH tunnel?

I am SSH'ing into a server which has a copy of Firefox installed on it that I need to run. I can SSH in and run Firefox, and it will run remotely as expected. However, I need to frequently have two ...
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Raise window on mouse up event instead of click event in ubuntu

Main problem is drag and drop from a maximize windows to another window(not maximized). I have a maximized nautilus window and i want to drag and drop a file into skype window. But as soon as i click ...
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How can I start a program minimised, and restore maximised?

There are various options to start a program minimised, or to start a program maximised and they work well, but I'm always looking for new challenges. If I start a program minimised using the Devil's ...
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Bring gvim forward when I open a new tab from the command line

I like my vi command to open the file in Gvim and to open it in a new tab if Gvim is already running. function vi { if [[ -z $@ ]]; then gvim elif [[ ${1:0:1} = - ]]; then ...
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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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Make chrome app windows be always on top

Simply put: Is there any way to make chrome app windows have the always on top button when right clicking them? I am using xubuntu 14.04, and google-chrome dev. Selecting 'use system title bar and ...
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How do I start the GUI (Window Manager?) over VNC?

I have a netbook and a server, to both of which I installed the identical Ubuntu 10.04 LTS distribution. On the server, I had the foresight to install and enable the SSH server before disconnecting ...
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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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Can I force window to open on top of other windows when opened by keyboard shortcut?

I use SpaceFM as my primary file manager on Ubuntu. I typically open folder directly by keyboard shortcuts, so, e.g. Ctrl+Super+W opens my Work folder. Specifically, I use execute the command spacefm ...
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can't click on warning window, window not active [closed]

When I want to connect to a network using a certificate, and I don't provide one, the network manager will open the following window for me. I would like to "Ignore", but I can't click on the ...