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 open and place a new window in another workspace automatically under Unity?

The basic idea is like tiling window manager with a fixed identical grid system. I don't want windows piled up in a same desktop(workspace). We can have a huge virtual desktop like setting up ...
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Resize window actions for left and right placement don't work

In previous versions of Ubuntu I could press the combination of keys several times (Ctrl+Alt+Num4 or Num6) to re-size window to different width. Now this functionality doesn't work on Ubuntu 12.04. ...
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Expand window to free space on screen in KDE

I am using Kubuntu, and I want to expand the current window to the free space on the screen. To say it more precisely: I want to make the current window as big as possible without overlapping new ...
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How to enable compiz window grid with visual effects set to none. Ubuntu 10.04 [closed]

I have to disable "Visual Effects" (system -> preferences-> appearance -> visual effects -> none) because I get a terrible flicker/blinking when it is enabled, but I'd really like to use compiz window ...
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Compiz in Lubuntu

i have lubuntu 12.04 on my laptop . i just installed compiz and do the " compiz --replace" to change it from openbox to compiz . it's actually working but there's no windows borders!!! window ...
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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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Is it possible to place windows with keyboard shortcuts in Xfce?

With Compiz in Unity, I could press Ctrl+Alt+6 to place a window on the right-half of the screen, Ctrl+Alt+4 to place it on the left half, Ctrl+Alt+7 to place it in the top left quarter of the screen, ...
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Minimize windows without them going black and white

I recently updated to KDE 4.10. Now when I minimize windows, the task manager shows them being black and white. I find this very annoying since I tend to find windows primarily based on colors, not ...
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Is there a way to stop KDE from overwriting my other WM settings?

What is the problem? KDE does not respect other window manager/DE settings. Is there a way to safely run KDE alongside other window managers without having to reconfigure them every time after ...
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Using xmonad configuaration on ubuntu 12.04

I'd like to use this xmonad configuration on ubuntu 12.04. I followed the Installing requirements on Ubuntu Linux section from the above link and installed dependencies that aren't mentioned: sudo ...
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accessing a window

While working I need to pull some windows on regular basis. Now I switch between window using Alt + Tab or Alt + `. Some windows I need more frequently than others. I want to have key combination to ...
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Make windows smaller

Currently everything on my laptop takes up too much screen real estate. I can make the launcher icons smaller, the font smaller, I can use ctl-(minus) to make the contents of my browser smaller, but I ...
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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 ...
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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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WinTabber not running with wine on 12.10

I tried to run this with the program from properties and below is what I get from the terminal. I looked around for a fix for it but I don't really know what to look for. I also tried installing ...
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Compiz KDE Ubuntu 12.04 can't input text to programs and unable to move windows sometimes

Well i finally managed to install KDE with Compiz on Ubuntu 12.04. Now i have only a few problems left the biggest problem is that i can not input text into the KDE start menu.. it does popup ...
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12.04 Gnome Shell: New window opens half screen only and doesn't respond at all.

Many times when I open a new window it opens only on half of the screen. Cannot type on it, close it or move. It's dead. Basic case: got a im message shown via shell, click to open chat on Empathy ...
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Show Desktop/Workspaces/Active Windows by Hovering the mouse to any corner of the desktop

There is a way to show the "Desktop", "All Active Windows" and "Workspace Switcher" by just hovering ur mouse to the edges of the screen. One way this can be done is using "Ubuntu Tweak".
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associate program to a file where program is not in list

Relative noob here. Need help trying to figure this one out: I have a program (Guitar pro 6) that I want to associate to all .gpx files so that when i start such a file, it is started with that ...
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How do I properly configure my screen edges to be non-sticky? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable mouse magnet on middle edge with multi monitors? I find the sticky edges feature to be quite annoying. I'm using dual monitors and turned sticky edges ...
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Make “Focus Follows Mouse” Application Specific

I wondered if this functionality was built in or if it is even scriptable. In Gimp's new single window mode, it still treats the main canvas and the Layers dock as 2 separate windows that steal focus ...
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Window decorations disappeared?

yesterday everything was fine and today when i logged on to my ubuntu 10.10 I noticed that the icons in the top of each menu dissapeared(I mean the the bar where the close mini maize etc..) this ...
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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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Can I minimize a window from the command line?

I would like to be able to choose any already-open window and minimize it from the command line. Is this possible?
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Which window manager offers the best stability?

I installed Unity window manager and love it, except that it is always crashing, When I say crashing, I mean that it is unrecoverable, I can't kill anything even from TTY. It occurs usually once a ...
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How do I get winetricks dotnet20 to work on Ubuntu 12.10 amd64 with wine 1.4?

I followed the question about installing dotnetfx.exe (NET 2.0) for wine by using winetricks dotnet20 which, because i have ubuntu 12.10 amd64, downloaded the 64-bit executable instead, which i ...
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Is there a keybind to minimize all windows, without a toggle?

I know about the show desktop keybind (default Ctrl+Alt+D), which I use often enough. However, I'm looking for a way to minimize all windows without activating "show desktop". I'm on a default ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 with Gnome 3 WM suspend graphical problem

So when I suspend my computer, the screen when my computer is locked or when I have opened the menu with windows button suddendly becomes bugged and looks like an old kinescope TV with no signal. Is ...
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What is the command to put the current window in half the screen

I want to put the current, active window on one side of the screen. Then ideally I could put one window on the left half, and one window on the right half. On windows the keyboard shortcut (the only ...
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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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How to make JWM work in Ubuntu 12.04?

I have installed the JWM on Ubuntu 12.04 via the Software Centre, but it doesn't work. When I choose the JWM session from LightDM, it only shows a black screen. It worked when I had another computer ...
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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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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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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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Why do most window managers fail to show a custom cursor correctly?

Please note: I am not so much looking for a fix, as there doesn't seem to be one. However, I want to know why most Window managers ignore my choice of cursor theme and show the default cursor no ...
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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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No maximise/minimise/close buttons on a new window

When I opened a new window(not maximised) I used to close with the left-top buttons, now they don't exist anymore. To close it I must drag it or maximise it... where the hell did the buttons go!? A ...
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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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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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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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Why doesn't the clipboard work in modern linux distributions?

Can't the developers finally in 2011 move away from the flawed concepts of selections and private clipboards in applications and create a working clipboard service under X window system? I'm ...
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Is there any way to open more than one folders(Home folder, videps etc..) by clicking the 'files' icon on the unity bar?

Why only one nautilus window manager is opens when clicking on the 'Files' icon on the unity bar? I need to open two or more HomeFolder windows by clicking on the 'files' icon on the unity pane. I ...
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How to move Window control buttons to unity panel?

Ubuntu 12.04 I have tried doing this by Compiz and Ubuntu Tweak tools but haven't been able to find the option... Is it possible to move the window control buttons (x [ ] and - ) to the very top left ...
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How can I build Aura Wm from Chrome OS in Ubuntu?

I saw the OMG! Ubuntu article on installing ChromeOS on top of Ubuntu. I liked the window manager, Aura, and want to add it along with Unity without the ChromeOS version active (to get Ubuntu ...
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Ubuntu Screenshot Window Class

I would like to know the class for the "thing" that pops up when you take a screen shot using the default screen capture utility in Ubuntu 12.04. When I do a full screen capture it lags a lot because ...
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How do I define the window icon used by window managers?

I would like to change the icons displayed in window title bars: The window icons appear to be unrelated to the icons used by launchers and docks, as they don't follow the ones defined in their ...
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How to move a window between monitors with Gnome Shell? [duplicate]

I see this question is "answered" by stating that there is no way to do this in GNOME: How to move windows around and between monitors, using keyboard short cuts? I have doubts that it should be ...
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Xmonad with Unity / HUD

I want to use xmonad and still use the HUD from Unity. Is this possible? Could Xmonad be using while using Unity? is there a way to use the HUD inside of Xmonad? I'm in 12.04, soon to be 12.10.
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How to change chromiums windows buttons to gnome defaults?

Chromium's custom Minimise/Maximise/Close buttons do not fit in with my Gnome 3 theme. I have managed to move them back to the right hand side, but I cannot find a way to change the button icons to ...
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How do I write to the screen outside normal window boundaries?

How can I create irregularly shaped windows and/or write graphics to the screen outside window constraints? What libraries might help me do this? I would prefer solutions to be as portable as ...