A window manager is the software component responsible for the tracking and placement of windows within a graphical interface. Examples: Metacity, Compiz, KWin, devilspie.

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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 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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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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How to configure Ubuntu 10.x to use a different window manager?

I want to try switching to either Fluxbox or Blackbox as my window manager, but I'm not sure how to go about it. What are the steps to configuring Ubuntu to use a different window manager?
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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 to have pidgin chat windows open up on all workspaces?

I use pidgin as my chat client on ubuntu lucid. Whenever I have a chat window open, I like to mark it as "Always on visible workspace" as it's just more convenient. Is there a way that I can force ...
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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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How to disable closing a window

It might sound ridiculous, but I want to prevent closing a window in Ubuntu. I want to provide to my users a highly secure environment, without any desktop environment with just one window open. Now I ...
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Making gnome-shell default [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins? Any way to make gnome-shell as default window manager other than adding gnome-shell --replace' with in ...
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Resizing windows to a particular width and height instantly

For some reason, I wish to resize a window to a very large size, 4-5 times larger than my screen size. For now, I am doing it manually by moving the entire window but one corner out of the screen and ...
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Can Kwin be used in Unity?

Unity has a nice layout. I really do like the Ambiance and Radiance themes. However, I just feel that the window manager itself is lacking. KWin has an excellent tiling mode that automatically ...
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How to put a (Start) Menu button on Fluxbox Toolbar

I often run programs maximized (leaving no desktop area). I want to be able to use my mouse alone to open the menu, and my mouse has no scroll wheel. I'm just going for a simple old school windows ...
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Don't raise window on click (while hold)

It seems that Compiz support forum is used for spam, and as I noticed similar questions answered here, I thought it'd be best for me to ask here I'm on Ubuntu 11.04 and window manager uses Compiz ...
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How can I make a window unclickable?

I would like to be able to "click through" a certain window as if it was not there. How can I set this up?
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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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How do I remove the window borders from modal dialogs in Cinnamon?

System: Ubuntu 13.04, with Cinnamon 1.8. Whenever a modal dialog like the one below (password prompt in GDebi) pops up, it always has an annoying border around it. Is there any way to fix this? I ...
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Resize the window control buttons (close, restore, maximize)

How can I change the size of the close/restore/maximize/minimize buttons of the windows? They are too small for me. With a big monitor, it's difficult to position the mouse over them. Is there a ...
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How to install and use AwesomeWM alongside Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install and use Awesome WM? How to install and use AwesomeWM in Ubuntu 12.04?
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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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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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Building Awesome WM, missing dependencies

Trying to compile Awesome Window Manager on 11.04, I've done apt-get build-dep awesome but still get errors about missing dependencies: $ make Running cmake… -- cat -> /bin/cat -- ln -> /bin/ln -- ...
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Is it possible to use nmcli completely without nm-applet?

Since I don't use GNOME now and try wmii, the nm-applet is no longer available for me.I know there is nmcli for the control. What I'm really interested in is that can it really be a substitute for ...
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Prevent Unity from auto-maximizing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is there a way to turn off “auto-maximize”? How to keep programs from launching maximized? 11.04 On a small netbook screen, it's useful to have windows maximized by ...
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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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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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Black areas with default (gray) theme in GTK3 based applications

I use Ubuntu 12.04 with the Blackbox window manager and the default (gray) GTK theme. With some GTK 3 applications, like Gedit, Disk utility and Evince I see black areas which should be gray and these ...
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Is there a way to get the Unity title bar behavior and NOTHING ELSE? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to remove maximized window controls/title from top panel in Unity I know how to get app menus in the panel. I like the fact that in Unity, the top panel ...
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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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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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What are the major differences between Fluxbox and Blackbox?

I'm considering switching to either Fluxbox or Blackbox as my window manager, but I'm not really sure which one to go with. Are there any major differences between the two ?
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Is it possible to make all currently open windows minimize, whenever I open a new application?

When i open(not only running) an application, how to make the other windows minimized? PS It seems i can not do it with Devilspie. Thank you for your time. Ubuntu 12.04
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Is there any “always below” option for the windows, like the “always on top” one?

Well, just like the title says : is there any "always below" option for the windows, like the "always on top" one? If there is a shortcut that can do that, or a command that can make the window i ...
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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu 12.10: Can't change window title bar font

In Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2, I've tried using Ubuntu Tweak to change the window title bar font, but after it's changed in the application, it's not reflected throughout the system. I've tried different ...
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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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Program To Cascade/Tile Windows

I have perhaps ten or fifteen windows open. I'd like a program which automatically resizes all the windows and arranges them in columns and rows across the screen (a grid formation), automatically ...
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Expo and Workspace shortcut Super + S not working

It says here and here that the keyboard shortcut for expo mode of all windows, while zooming out on workspaces, is Super+S. However, when I push the command it just zooms out the workspaces; it does ...
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Wrong window focus behaviour in Unity, but not GNOME Shell

I just upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, and I'm noticing a strange window behaviour that I can't seem to fix. Basically it seems like all windows have focus, as shown in this screenshot: It happens ...
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Enabling off workspace window positioning under GNOME/Compiz

Is there any option available for enabling window positioning into an off viewable area under Compiz on GNOME? By default, any window that's to be positioned off workspace will be forced to fit into ...
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Run programs that require a window manager, on the CLI

Is there any way I can run a game server (MW3) under wine without requiring a window manager present? Currently to run windows only game servers on my Ubuntu box, I have to start them using RDP ...
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Are there any GTK3 themes that work properly in Unity-2D? All that I've tried have “button glitches”

Every GTK3 theme I've ever tried other than Ambiance or Radiance has some "fallback" buttons when maximized instead of the theme buttons. Is there a fix or a theme without this issue? Example:
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Resize window to half width

Is there an easy / convenient way to resize any window on Kubuntu to half width of the screen? With todays wide screen monitors, I have enough space to fit two windows side by side, but I never do ...
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Can I completely disable the menu proxy?

In recent Ubuntus the menu has been pulled up into Unity's panel. That's great, but it's not for me. I'm using the Gnome 3 fallback panels for my desktop and like my menu's like they always were. ...
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Installed Ubuntu 11.04 and now have no frames and/or panels

The day was going fine until I got a notification suggesting that I upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04 and I thought, "sure why not?" The first problem was that I didn't like the new desktop, I wanted my old ...
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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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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 ...