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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Shell command to bring a program window in front of another?

Does a shell command exist to bring a already started program in gnome in the front of another. i.e.: Gedit and Nautilus are started. Nautilus is in the background and Gedit in the foreground. How ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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 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 to set borders around windows in 14.04?

Can someone advise me of how to add borders (wide borders) to windows in Ubuntu version 14.04. In the past I have used "gnome-tweak-tool". However it doesn't work with version 14.04. All my windows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Gnome Terminal set WM_URGENT?

I'd like for gnome terminal to set the WM_URGENT window manager hint on bell. Is this possible? This bug report suggests it's not but does anyone know another way. Basically I'm running XMonad under ...
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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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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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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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Remember window monitor for windows in multi-monitor setup (12.04)

I'm on Unity 3D, in a dual-monitor setup. I like to keep certain applications on fixed monitors / workspaces. However, it annoys me needing to move all those windows to the desired monitor / workspace ...
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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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How can I make Chrome follow my window focus settings? [closed]

I run my desktops with pointer focus (that is, focus is based on mouse position). I've been doing that for literally decades, so I'm not stopping now. In that model, I absolutely do not want ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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?