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 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 ...
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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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Compiz crashed after a few tweaks, and now I cannot start it again!

Recently, I was meddling with ccsm and the window kept refreshing with every plugin addition (which is normal i suppose). However, after i enabled SVG (I dont think this is relevant but i included it ...
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Can not move anything in Ubuntu 12.04

This is quite annoying. For some reason I can not hold anything with my mouse. For example. I can not drag a window by holding its title bar. I can not move the scroll bar of any window by ...
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If I just use a window manager and not a desktop environment, how do I get automatic dock/undock resolution updates?

Gnome and KDE both change resolutions when I dock/undock my laptop. They seem to do it automatically, more or less, based on the state of the computer. I'd like to have that behavior if I just run ...
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Universal Alt-Tab

frequently, I am playing a game and someone I would like to chat with comes online but I am unable to switch to the chat winndows because the game is grabbing my mouse. In windows, I can just alt-tab ...
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How to make the window manager to show the X - [ ] not on left top corner but bottom left or bottom right corner?

Ubuntu 11.04, how can i change the Windows close/minimize/maximize buttons on top left corner to somewhere else like: bottom left corner, bottom right corner? If it's not possible, then I would like ...
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Mouse cursor seems to change keyboard input focus

Running 10.04 and 10.10 (maybe before these) I've noticed that for some dialogs to accept input the mouse cursor must be in the parent window. This is the case even though from the window ...
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Reset compiz from command-line

I am considering enabling the ring switcher (or other) effects that come along with compiz extras on my Ubuntu 13.10. The default app switcher is not that much to my liking - navigating multiple ...
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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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XFCE running but core features not working

Suddenly, my xfce4 desktop manager is behaving very weird: the frame around windows for moving or closing them are missing, I cannot switch between windows or bring windows in the background by ...
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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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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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Compizconfig Grid doesn't work under Ubuntu as virtual machine

I have installed Ubuntu 11.10 as virtual machine within Mac. I have installed VM tools. The approach in this link of Compizconfig Grid, which worked in my previous laptop where Ubuntu was not a ...
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cairo-dock icons degrade to question marks over time

In an up to date 11.10 the Cairo-Dock icons gradually become blue ? circle icons after a few hours or days after restart. The launchers still work when clicked, but they become harder to identify as ...
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Maximize and undecorate all apps in Xubuntu

On my netbook I'm running Xubuntu as it works much faster than Unity 2D. I'd like to have all the apps maximized and undecorated, is there any way to do that without 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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Why does Classic Gnome desktop use unity-window-decorator?

I've only been booting into classic gnome desktop since 11.04 and since upgrading to 11.04 I'm having horrible window flickering and what seems to almost be gdm restarting. Maybe it's not gdm ...
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How exactly does gnome manage laptop suspend events?

The reason I ask is that, while suspend under lid closure and fn-F4 work perfectly in the Ubuntu (gnome) desktop, I cannot get them to work when using a different window manager (fvwm) on my thinkpad ...
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How to persistently export an environment variable before starting compiz

A few months ago compiz suddenly stopped working. That is, it got to a refreshrate where the redrawing is more than noticeable. It took 5 seconds to redraw a chat window. Ever since I've been using ...
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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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Ubuntu 12.04 window management bug with Grid/Put and multiple displays

In Ubuntu CompizConfig Settings Manager, there are two very useful window management plugins. "Grid" does essentially the same thing (and then some) that Windows Aero "snap" does. Via mouse actions ...
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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 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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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 do you move the window controls to the window when maximized [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to remove maximized window controls/title from top panel in Unity I want to move my window controls (close, maximize, minimize) back to the current window ...
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Gnome-classic, new windows remain buried behind other window

I have recently moved from ARCH Linux to Ubuntu 11.10. I switched to using Gnome-Classic and noticed strange behaviours with the windows whenever I open them. I have setup Launchers on the Panel to ...
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Unity sometimes can't seem to re-show a java GUI app (jpasswords) [closed]

I use a password manager called jpasswords because I can run it on most platforms and it can be self contained on a usb drive. Under Unity in Ubuntu 12.04, using openjdk, it runs fine, but if it get's ...
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How do I install and use the Bluetile window manager in 12.04?

I've been working on getting bluetile working on 12.04 so I can start down the path of tiling windows managers, but I have been having limited success. I have read the (only 7!) other posts on ...
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How do I customize Alt+Tab behaviour? [closed]

GOAL: I would like to make the little menu that pops up when I press Alt+Tab to gain the ability to jump to a particular window by pointing my mouse at one of the icons. This is the behaviour that ...
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Intermittent temporary GUI freeze in Ubuntu 11.10 [closed]

I've been using Ubuntu 11.10 for a month or so. In the last week it's started freezing randomly (every few hours or minutes). I can still move the mouse and switch to other terminals with ctrl+alt. I ...
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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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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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Replacing Nautilus with Awesome Windows Manager on 12.04

Just like the title suggests, any idea on replacing nautilus with Awesome WM?
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How to make unity unresponsive?

Recently I wanted to test a keyboard shortcut, which is supposed to kill X server (hence very useful when you have a crash). That shortcut is not dependent on any particular window manager (like lxde, ...
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Is there any way or theme that shows one applications' menu bar next to its title?

I'm looking for a way to put the menu bar on the same line of the title bar if the latter fits in the former. Is there anything like that out there?
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No window manager after upgrading 13.10 to 14.04

Machine is a single boot Linux. After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.1 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 Recompile DWM?

I am about to run sudo apt-get install dwm on ubuntu 12.04. When I was on arch linux dwm was installed to a folder and recompiled in the folder when you made changes to it. (Edit settings). I am ...
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Program/Wrapper (how do you call it) to automate a certain script

In this question a script is provided, that minimizes all the other windows except the active one. But the thing is, to trigger this script a (shortcut) key-combination has to be pressed. I would ...
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Stacked Launcher Item Double Click Behaviour on Alt-tab

Let's say that you have multiple firefox windows open. What you see happen is an additional arrow points to it's icon in the launcher. However, if you double click the icon, it displays all of the ...
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Dual Monitor Window Management

I have two displays: 4 desktop spaces (the Wall) having 2 displays each. If I unplug the second monitor, then all windows move quite strange. I place 8 windows: 1 and 2 on the first desktop space on ...
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The chrome around my windows appears to have disappeared. Any ideas why?

When my windows are not maximised the title bar disappears and the only way to get hold of the application pane is to Alt + Click and Drag. I am running Natty with Unity and I have not restarted the ...
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How to install Gala on Xubuntu 14.04?

I tried to install Gala window manager (the windows manager of Elementary OS) on Xubuntu 14.04 as described for example here, but seems like there is an unmet dependency. The error is The following ...
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How can I start a program minimised, and restore maximised?

There are various options to start a program minimised, or to start a program maximised and they work well, but I'm always looking for new challenges. If I start a program minimised using the Devil's ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS how to avoid windows going off the current workspace

Sometimes open windows go out of the bound of the current workspace without any keyboard shortcut used and it is very annoying since the title bar may be inaccessible at times. I have Compiz installed ...
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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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xfce windows are missing toolbar, focus is broken

It's subtle, but as you can see in the screenshot: there are no min, max or close buttons on the windows. The edges of windows can be resized, but it doesn't help the situation. Clicking on a ...