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't click inside any window application! [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I can click to open an application like Firefox or LibreOffice Writter and once the app opens I can't click inside...I can't click open or close, or refresh or anything. ...
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how to do ALT+ TAB for main system while in VBOX?

I have recently gone through this issue. I am running Lubuntu 13.04 in VirtualBox .So when I have maximized and if I would like switch to next window of main system usually we all do ALT+TAB but thats ...
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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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Is Client Side Decoration(CSD) dead?

As stated by KWin developer Martin: http://blog.martin-graesslin.com/blog/2010/10/kwin-at-uds/ I just wanted someone to confirm it... :-)
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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?
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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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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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Ubuntu 12.10: Can't change window title bar font

In Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2, I've tried using Ubuntu Tweak to change the window title bar font, but after it's changed in the application, it's not reflected throughout the system. I've tried different ...
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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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Expo and Workspace shortcut Super + S not working

It says here and here that the keyboard shortcut for expo mode of all windows, while zooming out on workspaces, is Super+S. However, when I push the command it just zooms out the workspaces; it does ...
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Wrong window focus behaviour in Unity, but not GNOME Shell

I just upgraded from 11.04 to 11.10, and I'm noticing a strange window behaviour that I can't seem to fix. Basically it seems like all windows have focus, as shown in this screenshot: It happens ...
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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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Enabling off workspace window positioning under GNOME/Compiz

Is there any option available for enabling window positioning into an off viewable area under Compiz on GNOME? By default, any window that's to be positioned off workspace will be forced to fit into ...
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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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Application window never appears (Gnome SSH Tunnel Manager)

I'm having an issue with gSTM failing to generate a window, it opened once, prior to a reboot, and I had moved it to Workspace 3 (not sure if this is relevant) I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 with a pretty ...
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move window to corner and RESIZE in gnome shell

in Unity with the CTRL-ALT-KeyPad_7 keybinding I can move a window to the top-left corner and it is automatically resized to a quarter of my desktop size. In gnome-shell, in dconf, I found the ...
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New windows are placed too high and the window toolbar goes behind the

I changed some settings in compiz and now the new windows are placed too high and behind the panel. The settings that I changed were disabling the visual effects only. it is really annoying to always ...
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Run programs that require a window manager, on the CLI

Is there any way I can run a game server (MW3) under wine without requiring a window manager present? Currently to run windows only game servers on my Ubuntu box, I have to start them using RDP ...
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Are there any GTK3 themes that work properly in Unity-2D? All that I've tried have “button glitches”

Every GTK3 theme I've ever tried other than Ambiance or Radiance has some "fallback" buttons when maximized instead of the theme buttons. Is there a fix or a theme without this issue? Example:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Window management shortcuts?

I've got a single massive monitor at home, and I've decided to mimic the Windows 7 window tiling shortcuts. I found a few guides online using wmctrl, and it's going well, save one thing: maximized ...
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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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How to tile window on the corners in Xubuntu

After I realized that Unity is overstretching my graphics card and my CPU, I decided to remain to Ubuntu by switching to Xubuntu. Xubuntu is must faster, but I am now trying to reproduce the handy ...
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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 ...