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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Chat window doesn't open when someone starts a chat

I've this annoying problem: when someone starts a skype chat with me, it doesn't open a window in front of me. It just puts a little triangle in the skype launcher - so most of the time I don't notice ...
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Change default width of gnome-terminal and terminator windows

Only a short question but is it possible to set the default width (and height) of terminal sessions in gnome-terminal and terminator? I find I always resize the window once it pops up so and given ...
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lubuntu - maximize windows by dragging to top

I currently installed Lubuntu 12.04 on a Laptop to save resources compared to Ubuntu. I am missing the ability to maximize windows by dragging them to the top of the screen with the mouse. Is it ...
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How to make any new window open from the center of the screen using Gala?

As above, hopefully regardless of DE used, not just Pantheon. I use Gala with Mate with Raring 64bit.
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Run command if window is fullscreen?

Is there any way to run a pre-set command everytime any window goes fullscreen? I want to run unclutter whenever an application goes fullscreen and close it when the app leaves fullscreen. I tried ...
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Are there any ways to install Awesome 3.5.1 on Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm doing to migrate from DE to WM, and like Awesome. But at home I use Ubuntu 13.04 and can install the newest Awesome. At work I use Ubuntu 12.04 and it is older then Awesome, so how can I install ...
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Window Manager and Window Manager Tweaks GUIs are blank [closed]

I got to Application Menu -> Settings -> Settings Manager -> Window Manager or Window Manager Tweaks and both GUIs are blank. Nothing pops up for me to adjust anything. I'm running Xubuntu 12.04 ...
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Gtk skip_taskbar_hint (seen in Glade-ui-Designer) equivalent in Qt

With Glade Designer that lets you set up Gtk-Ui's you can check the option that windows are not shown in the launcher. If I take a look at the ui-file generated by Glade, it says <property ...
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Window manager unresponsive after quick typing

After upgrading from 10.04 to 12.04 something very strange happened. Occasionally when I type the screen will go blue and the computer will not respond to input. This usually goes away by itself after ...
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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager?

As the title says. I'm having a really hard time trying to understand what the differences between a desktop environment and a window manager are? EDIT: This is what I found out later. There are ...
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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 do I save/remember last-used window position and size for applications?

When I log in Ubuntu, I would like all windows opened at previous session (terminal and Firefox mainly) to be re-opened automatically at the same size and position. How to proceed?
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Trouble with scrollbars and focus

In CCSM, I have "click to focus", "raise on focus", and "auto-raise" checked. I have "auto raise delay" 100 and "focus prevention level "Very High" When I hover my mouse over a window that does not ...
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Show window size while resizing or moving

In other desktop environments, it was possible to display the window size (and position) while resizing (or moving) the window. In Xubuntu 12.04.2, this feature was terminated. There are at least two ...
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No top panel after installing Gnome

I recently removed Unity and installed gnome from the software center. There is no top bar/panel.
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How to open a window without “close” button?

In a script I want to open a window which is missing the "close" button in the title bar, so that it can't be accidentally be closed, but still has the "minimize" and "maximize" buttons. Is this ...
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Can the positions for Unity Window Snapping be modified to include more options?

There is a pre-existing question similar to mine that you can find here: Can Snap-Windows be set up for 4 windows instead of just 2? The questioner didn't ask the question with enough detail. In the ...
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How can I define custom keyboard mappings to resize, move, and manage windows?

I just returned to ubuntu (13.04) after a year using OS X exclusively. I love the improvements that have come to ubuntu and unity, and I'm glad to be back. There's just one thing, though... Slate is ...
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How can I change the size and position that an application appears when first launched? [duplicate]

When ever I launch Chrome it manifests at a specific size at the top left corner of my screen. Everytime I have to manually resize it and position it in the center of the screen. How can I change ...
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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 turn off the Ubuntu 13.04 window fade effect

When I minimize an application it is very slow, due to my slow laptop It's quite frustrating to see it very slowly creep out of view! So how can I it turned off?
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Moving windows from the keyboard

Is it possible to move windows from the keyboard itself without touching the mouse? I know I can do a Alt + Left Click and drag the window, however I am hoping there is something I can use to move it ...
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Set new window to open at center of the screen - Xubuntu

How to set newly opened window at the center of the screen in Xubuntu? Is it possible? In Ubuntu it can be easily done by Compiz Config Setting Manager.
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How do I drag-and-drop a file into a window that's not in the foreground?

In Windows, if I'm dragging a file or a piece of text and I want to want to drop it into a window that's currently not in the foreground I can simply hover over that window on the task bar and the ...
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After Connection second display window manger/unity fail to start [closed]

I am running 13.04. AMD RV710. Dual 1900x1200. I installed on a single display and when I added the new one I got a lot of oddities. One is that one reboot sometimes I just don't get a window ...
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How do i set/change window placement position without CCSM

I want the default window placement to be center. but i dont want to install CCSM as it slows down Ubuntu on Unity. How do i set the default window placement position without CCSM?
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Wmii on Ubuntu 12.10

I installed the quantal wmii deb package, but when I try to log into Wmii it is completely unresponsive. Has anyone else experienced this issue?
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Disable window decoration for specific applications

Is there a way to configure the window manager to disable window decorations (title bar, preferably no borders either) to specific applications (based on the name of the app, title of the window, or ...
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A pre-13.04 program/script/window-manager used to let me resize windows by triple touching a window

In a previous Ubuntu installation, there was a cool feature that let me use a three-finger touch to change the size of the active window. I don't remember the version of Ubuntu or the name of the ...
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Remove both unity and gnome?

TL;DR: Can I remove completely unity and gnome3 but keep compiz? Long Version: I really gave a go both to unity and to gnome3. I really did. I just can't bear them. I need something that I can rely ...
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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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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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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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Multi-window switcher - mouseover window title not showing

When I have multiple instances of the same program running I see white dots to the left of the launcher icon indicating how many instances I have running. When I click on the icon I see the window ...
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Why is Ubuntu positioning new windows beneath the menu bar?

I was messing around with CompizConfig Settings Manager recently and I'm not really sure what I did to cause this issue, but now all new windows are opened at 0, 0. This means the title bar is ...
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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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Which window manager is most similar to MS Windows?

Background: I'm changing a lot of desktop environments every day, and i'd like to some uniformity between them to keep my productivity up. So, which window-manager can be installed in Ubuntu that ...
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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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Window contents disappear after Maximizing

Window contents usually disappear after Maximizing them!Especially Firefox. Running UBUNTU 12.1 on Vaio Z56 laptop. I've read this question before and do everything that was said in the answer but ...
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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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How can I change window managers in 13.04? [duplicate]

There used to be an option in the login area (lightdm) that allowed you to choose window managers, but that option seems to have disappeared in 13.04. I installed Awesome WM, but Ubuntu is not giving ...
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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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Project applications auto opener positioner

I work with different tools that I need to open each time I open my laptop depending on the project I'm going to work on. I'd like to have a way to automate the opening and positioning of all ...
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How to make firefox main windows have no decorations using devilspie?

First off, I can't run Compiz. It doesn't work with my old ati. I'm trying to make all firefox main windows have no decorations. Here's the rule: ( if ( and ( is ( application_name ) "Firefox" ) ...
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Automatically Shade Window on Unfocus

I have certain windows (for example, Empathy) that I want to be automatically roll up (or shade) upon being unfocused and to roll down (or un-shade) when focused. I can manually roll the windows up ...
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How to move windows to another workspace without switching workspace?

XFCE supports a hotkey to move a window to another workspace. In fact this does two things: It moves the window to the new workspace. switches to this workspace. I'm trying to disable this ...
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How to uninstall unused window managers and related packages?

I have uninstalled most unused session managers, but there are a few that still show among the options at login. The full list is: Gnome classic Gnome classic (No ...
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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 short cut "alt+the button above tab" to do that. And this is my favourite shortcut for maybe my most heavily used ...
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How to make unity set window properties (sticky, on top) to some windows (google talk)

I have Ubuntu 12.04 and I would like to the default Window Manager to help me setting "Always on Top" and "Always on Visible Workspace" properties to some windows. Ideally matching the title with ...
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How to disable alt+click from moving windows in Unity 2D?

How can I disable the alt+click combination from moving windows in Ubuntu 11.10 (unity-2d)?