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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 can I minimize windows, only on a specific monitor?

I have monitor and laptop screen and have a problem with the "Show desktop" function. Laptop screen is showing widget that should stay for all the time. Main monitor is used normally. Whenever I use ...
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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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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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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 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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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 anything)....
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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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What does a composite-manager do?

I know it's used for true transparancy, but what else is it good for?
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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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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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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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How to disable Raise-on-Click in Trusty?

When a windowed app has focus and I click a maximized app below it, I'd like to set focus to the maximized window but for the windowed app to remain in the foreground. I recently upgraded (by means ...
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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
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Can I completely remove Gnome and leave xmonad?

I've installed xmonad. I'm trilled with it. I can now use it as my one and only WM. I'm just wondering is it going to work without problems if I totally remove Gnome. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.
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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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Some windows aren't recognised by Unity

Some apps, including Transmission in particular, are not recognized by the Unity window manager. I am not able to focus or select certain windows. Curiously, I also can't drag it to the launcher. ...
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how to change xfce4 default window manager

How can I change the default window manager for xfce4? for some reason xfwm doesn't run when I run xfce4 shell.
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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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How to start nautilus maximized from command line?

I can easily start Nautilus on a particular directory from command line: nautilus /home/nico/Documents But I want that Nautilus window to be maximized. How to write the command line? nautilus does ...
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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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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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How to switch windows manager on-the-fly?

I know there's a command to let compiz take over from whatever windows manager is running, using compiz --replace &, same for unity with unity --replace &. What are the similar commands for ...
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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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No window manager after Ubuntu update (e.g. 13.10 to 14.04)

Machine is a single boot Linux. After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04 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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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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How can I get a fun little creature to run on top of my active windows?

How can I get a fun little creature to run on top of my active windows? Just for a fun bit of Linux based eye candy.
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Hot to disable key shortcut for “alt+the button above tab”

I am comfortable using alt+ up and alt+ down after typing alt+ tab, so I don't need the shortcut alt+~ to do that. And this is my favourite shortcut for maybe my most heavily used emacs command. How ...
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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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Force disable snapping windows

How can I reliably disable snapping windows? When I drag a window around by its titlebar and near the upper edge, it tints and wants to maximize if I let go of the mouse then (trying to park my app ...
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Unable get my wireless network connection under awesome window manager?

Unable get my wireless network connection when I switched to awesome window manager. However, automatically I get wireless connection under Ubuntu 11.04 classic. Could someone tell me how to get ...
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Have terminal window & file explorer remember their last size and position

In Ubuntu 13.10 I would like my terminal window to, by default, open with the same size and in the same position as last time. I would like similar behaviour for the file explorer. Is this possible? ...
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Why are windows going to top left of the screen?

Recently I noticed all the new windows are popping up in the top left. This is annoying because the top bar blocks the title bar of the new window. See screenshot of Tunesviewer with Firefox, ...
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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 ...