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 to hide window borders?

I recently saw that on Manjaro (with XFCE4) it is possible to hide the top border of windows. So the title bar together with the minimize, maximize, close etc. buttons were not visible anymore. Is ...
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What controls the generation of window borders? (MATE)

What I'm looking for is what controls window borders; specifically what actually defines what goes where (as in, the program that says the bottom bar goes at the bottom, not the side or what keeps the ...
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TWM - Why can't I do anything?

So I have installed TWM on Ubuntu Server edition, in virtualbox, but when I startx and enter TWM, I can't actually do anything but open the menu; if I click on anything in the menu it just closes and ...
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windows sometimes black

Sometimes windows, dialogs (gnome, KDE) go black and only the decoration as the titlebar remains and its buttons work as well. It happens a few times a within 10 hours continuously working. More or ...
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Is there a generic solution for reactivating a window that has been “minimized to tray”?

I have written a script that responds to a keyboard shortcut by, if it is not already open, execute the Spotify application. If Spotify is already opened, the script uses xdotool to activate the ...
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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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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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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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Why do most window managers fail to show a custom cursor correctly?

Please note: I am not looking for a fix. However, I want to know why most Window managers ignore my choice of cursor theme and show the default cursor no matter what. Is there a problem with the ...
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How to make Gimp run as a single window?

Gimp is nice, but the one thing that drives me nuts is that everything floats around in front of each other, often hiding the main window and forcing me to minimize all open windows until I find the ...
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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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Adjust window resize sensitivity

(Sorry for bad title) I'm using Mate and I have this problem when if I want to resize a window, the mouse icon doesn't switch to "resize mode" unless I am literally on the border of the window. I ...
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How to open Chromium in full screen kiosk mode in minimal windows manager environment (like openbox / jwm)

I am trying to set up a simple Ubuntu kiosk box (14.04), running only a Chromium in a very minimal windows manager environment. Steps I've successfully done: Login automatically: exec /bin/login -f ...
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How to make xprop -set manual changes permanent

I am trying to permanently reserve space for my top edge panel in the middle of a dual display screen, where the two monitors are above and under each other, like this (the smaller lower one has the ...
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Can I set a keybinding to resize a window to half its size, in a chosen direction?

Using Ubuntu 14.04, I'm looking into getting a 40" 4k display and have found how to resize windows down to quarter sections of the screen, but I would like the ability to further resize them down if ...
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Changing window manager in LightDM

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and wanted to change the default Unity/Compiz window manager. I've went through the LightDM documentation and saw a related question, but I still can't make it work (I tried to ...
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Can I move/resize windows a pixel at a time with my keyboard?

In Windows (since at least XP, probably before), if you use the keyboard to move or resize a Window, you can get very precise locations and sizes – even more than with a mouse – by using the Ctrl key ...
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What is exactly the relation between wmctrl -d and wmctrl -lG in Unity?

from man wmctrl: wmctrl is a command that can be used to interact with an X Window manager that is compatible with the EWMH/NetWM specification. wmctrl can query the window manager for information, ...
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How to remove window decorations in Cinnamon / Muffin?

I have installed Cinnamon and Muffin and I love them. Finally, I have a working expo! However, I would like to remove all window decorations: I resize and move the windows with alt-mouse, and close ...
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How do you enable shading windows with the mousewheel in Xubuntu 14.04?

I can't seem to find a way to shade the windows by scrolling up on the title bar. This is a feature I've been using for the longest time, but the closest I could achieve in this release was ...
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Windows scattered across virtual desktops after waking up from sleep [closed]

My setup is two external screens connected to a docking station and the laptop screen all running (thanks, Lenovo!). I have four virtual desktops (Ubuntu 14.04, Unity). At any point I might have one ...
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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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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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Building Awesome WM

I am following these steps in order to build Awesome window manager on 10.04 I am building 3.4 while the tutorial is for 3.1 I installed all of the specified dependencies including cairo. After ...
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How to close only one window of an application?

I know that if I get the sid through : ps -ax | grep firefox and use : kill -9 "sid" I will close all the windows of the program. How can I close only one window of an application running through ...
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Gesture to minimize window in Gnome Shell

I have Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome Shell chosen as Desktop Manager. I'm getting used to how the windows are resized as they are dragged on some edge of the screen (e.g. maximized when dragged on the top, ...
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Does `BorderlessMaximizedWindows=false` still work with Kubuntu 13.10?

Since the upgrade to Kubuntu 13.10 today I lost the borders around maximized windows. How can I re-enable them? I tried this and of course changed true to false, but it doesn't work.
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How to enable sticky windows?

I remember some desktops had a sticky windows feature, where windows close to eachother would snap together at their border and 'stick'. How can this be enabled in Ubuntu?
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Reduce the size of windows in Ubuntu (14.04)

Sorry to bother you with a question probably very stupid, but I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity, and for some reasons, the windows seems to have a "minimal size". This is extremely annoying when I ...
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How to configure my system so that all windows start maximized?

Every time I open a terminal or an application like Inkscape I have to click the maximize button because by default they open in a small size. Is there a way I can configure my system so that whenever ...
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Is there an exposé like window overview feature in xubuntu?

Using Ubuntu with unity and compiz it was possible for me to create a hot corner which triggered all (in-)active windows to be shown in an overview. Is it possible to create something similar in ...
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automatically organizing windows on large monitor

I have 27" monitor running ubuntu 14.04. When I work, I usually have more than 5 to 6 application (windows) open, which I organize in such a way that some part of that window ( application ) is just ...
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Different font rendering with other window manager

When I log into a session which uses the Blackbox window manager the fonts look different (read worse) compared to how they are rendered in Unity. Does anyone know if it is possible to achieve the ...
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Remember last window location

How can I configure my Ubuntu to start all program windows at the last window location? In compiz I only can configure that all windows start in one corner, centered, etc. Or I have to define rules ...
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14.04 Ubuntu black borders, black terminal

This problem is the same as described by: 13.10 - Black borders, black terminal However, that solution does not work. So I don't think it's a duplicate. In fact, nothing listed in that answer ...
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Centering a window with command line [duplicate]

Is there a command to center the active window in the middle of the screen? Compiz has a feature called "center", but it effectively shows the window fully maximized. I'm looking for the size to be ...
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fluxbox is overrideing nitrogen --restore?

My ~/.fluxbox/startup file #!/bin/sh # # fluxbox startup-script: # # Lines starting with a '#' are ignored. # Change your keymap: #xmodmap "/home/rapture/.Xmodmap" # Applications you want to run ...
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How do I adjust transparency of background windows?

When I switch away from windows (with alt-tab), they seem to turn semi-transparent. When I have a number of windows stacked (but not taking up the full screen), some of the ones behind the (opaque) ...
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How do I set focus follows mouse?

Is there a way to set up "focus follows mouse" behavior in Unity?
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StumpWM as window manager

How can I set up StumpWM to be my windows manager on Ubuntu 10.10? Right now I am using Compiz.
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Unity - desktop all empty [duplicate]

Ubuntu 14.04.1 froze completely trying to go into suspend mode while I closed the lid. After a hard reset I logged back in, but all I saw was the desktop background. I tried various suggestions from ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 not usable because of focus problems

I tried to set up Ubuntu 13.10, but there are massive focus problems which make it unusable. It don't seems to have something to do with Unity where I found something about focus problems in the web. ...
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Full screen mode under kde with any window

I found my new favorite shortcut (under kubuntu 14.04) Ctrl+Shift+f which brings applications like okular or kate to full screen. Unfortunately it does not work with konsole, chrome, etc. which brings ...
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How to stop window controls appearing in menu bar and apllication

I have just installed ubuntu 14.04, when an application is maximised the windows controls appear in both the application and menu bar in unity. I have it set to just appear in the menu bar at all ...
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Toggle horizontal, vertical and full window maximization within Unity?

I want to toggle windows between: horizontal maximized <-> horizontal unmaximized ALT+F7 vetical maximized <-> vertical unmaximized ALT+F6 (both) maximized <-> (both) unmaximized ...
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How to get PID of shell running in a terminal window under mouse?

Though similar questions asked before in this forum here , here and here, my question is different. I want to get PID of a running bash process in gnome terminal. Note: Suggested link which posted ...
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Is window opacity for Mono forms supported?

I am developing a multiplatform program using Mono and it requires Form Opacity support. Basically the ability to make a window semi-transparent. This works fine in windows by setting the ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - after update it boots in command line only (no windows manager)

I have Ubuntu 12.04, which has been working great for me since I installed it a year ago. Yesterday I ran the updates that update manager recommended. (Last time I ran updates before was about a week ...
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Window vertically maximized beyond desktop size

After navigating through the system setting to do post install tweaks on Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.1, I have a problem with the Sound Settings window in that it is vertically maximized way beyond my desktop ...
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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 ...