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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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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What is the difference between gnome-awesome session and pure xsession?

I am trying to use awesome tiling window manager and I figured I have a choice of running awesome as GNOME session or pure xsession. What is the difference between the two and when would I want each ...
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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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xfce: Show window borders on maximised windows

I am using a Plank dock at the bottom of my screen and set it to never hide because I want to use it instead of a normal taskbar. This causes even maximised windows to not overlap it. You can clearly ...
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How can i quickly switch between workspace layouts?

I need hotkeys to switch between multiple layouts for the same 5 windows. One is FF and the others are terminal windows. Wih workspaces this does not work. The closest I got to my goal was making ...
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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 ...
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mouse shortcut for setting 'Always on top' a window [duplicate]

I use very often the 'always on top' feature over the windows to see two windows at a time. But the process of right clic + select always on top is not as fast as I would like to. I would like to ...
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How to tile window on the corners in Xubuntu

After I realized that Unity is overstretching my graphics card and my CPU, I decided to remain to Ubuntu by switching to Xubuntu. Xubuntu is must faster, but I am now trying to reproduce the handy ...
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“Present Windows” desktop effect: set up two differently-configured versions bound to different hotkeys? (ignore minimized windows/not)

I want to set up set up two versions of the "Present Windows" desktop effect (ie, have each bound to a different hotkey), so that one uses the "ignore minimized windows" option and the other doesn't. ...
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How do I set GNOME to “focus follows mouse”? [duplicate]

I have two monitors that I use for development. I would like to use sloppy focus for switching between windows. sloppy focus -- whatever you mouse is hovering over is in focus. I know it's available ...
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How to disable window move with alt + left mouse button?

I have problem with this function because i work in Maya and other 3D applications that use this key combination... This option on Ubuntu 11.04 was in "window" section so i could change it to ...
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System monitor borders missing

It seems that some applications the borders are missing, I noticed it on gnome-system-monitor, but thought not much of it as I don't really use it. But more applications are having this issue too now, ...
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User upstart session in different window manager wIndow manager

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and i3 as window manager. After I have logged in to i3, upstart won't find my user jobs under ~/.config/upstart/. How can I make upstart find these config files without having ...
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Compiz - Move Window Controls to the Right

I was wondering how I could move my window controls (close, minimize, maximize) to the right instead of the left. I have Ubuntu 14.04 with XFCE and Compiz. Thanks!
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gnome-panel broken with xmonad session in 14.04

In 14.04, I've installed both gnome-session-flashback and xmonad. When logging in using lightdm and the XMonad+Gnome session, the gnome-panel is broken, with half the indicators missing. When ...
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Can't find a way to fix Unity!

I did everything I could do that was listed on Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears, but even with unity, nothing is happening! All I can see is my desktop and my desktop Icons! I can ...
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Customize KDE tiling grid

In KDE, when the user is moving a window around with the mouse and she touches a border of the screen, a shadow appears showing the position the window will occupy if the user drops it there. When ...
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trying to install terminal window managers

I'd like to try some terminal window managers such as Viper Window Manager (VWM) and Twin ("Textmode WINdow"), but I'm having difficulties getting them running in Ubuntu. Are packages available for ...
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open nautilus as new tab in existing window

Currently, if I click a launcher/shortcut icon etc i will get a new nautilus window. If there is already a nautilus window open, I would rather it open up in a new tab in the existing window (as if I ...
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Is there a way to enable window borders in 14.04? [duplicate]

Window borders have been disabled in Ubuntu 14.04 by default. This can be distracting when there are overlapping console windows. Is there a way to enable them, and if so, how?
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No window manager after upgrading 13.10 to 14.04

Machine is a single boot Linux. After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.1 today, my son's account starts without a window manager. He has his desktop icons and can click them but no menu and no launcher. I ...
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What is the most basic window manager for ubuntu that can be used to display a single application

I've tried starting a full screen application without a window manager, using xinit, which works but instead of starting at the top left of the screen the application starts somewhere in the middle of ...
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Is Mutter supposed to be my window manager on plain Ubuntu?

I ran into some problems after installing Gnome on my Ubuntu 14.04 desktop. I have managed to address most appearance-related issues. However, if I run sudo update-alternatives --config ...
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How do I get appearances back to the normal after installing Gnome?

I installed Gnome as an alternative desktop environment on 14.04. However, since rebooting: the loader graphic when starting and shutting down my machien shows the Gnome foot rather than the Ubuntu ...
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Xorg errors with alt. window manager

I'm currently trying to use the bspwm window manager, by following this guide. I have all the correct dependencies installed, and I compiled it correctly without any errors. The problem comes when ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS how to avoid windows going off the current workspace

Sometimes open windows go out of the bound of the current workspace without any keyboard shortcut used and it is very annoying since the title bar may be inaccessible at times. I have Compiz installed ...
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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 can I make the draggable window border thicker, without changing the appearance?

When you want to resize a window in gnome (as well as in other systems) you can click-and-hold at the window's border and than drag it. The problem is (and do correct me if I'm wrong here) that the ...
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Possibility of triple screen setup with two graphic cards

I'm trying to get my favorite triple display setup (3x1 Portrait █ █ █) running under ubuntu/xubuntu 13.10 yet had no gratifying results so far. Ubuntu crashed Compiz repeatedly. And only offered ...
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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 Disable Sticky Edges via Command Line?

I know how to disable Sticky Edges via the Settings->Display UI, however, I want to be able to do it via command line or config file. Does anyone know how to disable "sticky edges" via a command or ...
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Xubuntu 13.10 new app windows open with buttons at top of frame concealed

In Xubuntu 13.10, many apps, such as Bluefish, Calibre and Firefox, when launched put their window off-kilter, high and to the right, so the top of the window's frame is concealed. Pressing ...
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Window title-bars missing occasionally in Unity

window (title and icon) sometimes doesn't appear. As a solution to this, I have to logout and login again. Is there something wrong with my system? How to make sure that this doesn't happen again?
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Switching window manager/desktop environments?

In general what is the approach to switch the desktop environment or window manager on Ubuntu? The main difference between stock Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu is supposedly the use of Unity vs. KDE vs. ...
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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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Where to send feature request? [duplicate]

My problem is that resizing windows is a pain. (related question: One pixel 'grab' area when resizing windows , but resizing at the edges is still too clumsy, I do know about the ...
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Need help booting ratpoison on a Cr-48 Chromebook

I'm running Chrubuntu and I followed these installation steps for ratpoison on Ubuntu. But every time I try booting I get the following: : unable to launch "/usr/share/xsessions/run_kiosk.sh" X ...
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How do I move windows control button to the right? [duplicate]

I've tried several ways like using dconf, gconf and compiz but neither of those worked. it's set to minimize, maximize, close now and didn't move to the right even after restart why isn't it working? ...
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How do I remove the window manager of a single application, or open it with no window managment?

I need to open a window without it being managed by the window manager, while the other windows on my screen continue to be managed by the window manager, how do I do this? P.S. I'm willing to edit ...
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12.04 ctrl-alt-8/2 window snap problems only with terminal window

I'm running a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04, I have dual screens running on an nvidia gtx 760 running 331.49 drivers. Not sure whether this is relevant or not, but I have only the launcher bar enabled ...
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setting up remote access to VPS where Wine runs; is window manager needed?

I have a VPS running Ubuntu 12.04. My purpose is to let a windows application run under Wine, around the clock, 24/7. It consists of two .exe's, both have to open their GUIs to run. From time to time ...
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Gnome-classic, new windows remain buried behind other window

I have recently moved from ARCH Linux to Ubuntu 11.10. I switched to using Gnome-Classic and noticed strange behaviours with the windows whenever I open them. I have setup Launchers on the Panel to ...
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Reset compiz from command-line

I am considering enabling the ring switcher (or other) effects that come along with compiz extras on my Ubuntu 13.10. The default app switcher is not that much to my liking - navigating multiple ...
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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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How can I switch directly to a workspace using the keyboard?

How can I set up a keybinding to jump directly to a workspace? i.e. if I'm on workspace 4, and I know my editor is (always by personal convention) on workspace 2, I want to just hit Super-2 to jump ...
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Window Tansparency - set for one window only

I'm running Xubuntu 13.10 and have set inactive windows to be transparent. However, is there a way to prevent one window/program (i.e. tvtime) from becoming transparent. See this screenshot
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Can't click inside any window application! [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I can click to open an application like Firefox or LibreOffice Writter and once the app opens I can't click inside...I can't click open or close, or refresh or anything. ...
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How can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager?

Many times I asked myself: how can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager? There are listed a lot of them, but how can I create a new one? What are steps to create an Ubuntu ...
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Window manager affects 3d performance - how to work around it?

I learned the hard way that enabling compositing VM will affect 3d performance. What can I do today to be able play games on linux with no performance penalty? I guess I could create user with ...