A window manager is the software component responsible for the tracking and placement of windows within a graphical interface. Examples: Metacity, Compiz, KWin, devilspie.

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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 can I get Xubuntu's workspace switcher to show the proper sized desktop?

I recently installed the Xubuntu desktop over my Ubuntu 12.04 installation, and have been customizing it to my liking. My laptop comes to class with me, and when it's not out of the room, it's usually ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Window Manager “Showing Desktop Mode”

when I execute wmctrl -m I get the following output spv@matrix:(~)$ wmctrl -m Name: Compiz Class: N/A PID: N/A Window manager's "showing the desktop" mode: OFF Why is my "showing the desktop" mode ...
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How can I set that Alt-TAB to switch windows only on the current workspace?

How can I set Alt-TAB shortcut to switch only between current workspace windows (not all windows on all workspaces) used Unity in 11.10? I set a plugin for it in compiz manager, but it could not solve ...
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What is the lightest desktop interface for ubuntu and is Unity-2d classified as a 'light' interface?

With the plethora of potential interfaces available lxde, openbox, fluxbox xfce, gnome2, gnome3, unity-3d, unity-2d etc, my question is - what is meant by "the lightest desktop interface" - and ...
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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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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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Using LXDE with Kwin window manager

Can anybody tell me how I use Kwin as my winow manager with LXDE.
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How do I enable center click paste for fvwm?

I'm using FVWM2 as my window manager on ubuntu 12.04 LTS and can't seem to get center click paste to work. What do I need to add to the fvwm2rc file or change via xmodmap to get this to work?
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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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How to bind a character device in /dev directory as the keyboard?

I have written an character device, I want to declare it as the keyboard and use it to generate events from the virtual keyboard?
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How to efficiently navigate through all application windows in Unity (aka Alt-Tab)

In Unity, Alt-Tab initially shows only one icon per application. Often I have multiple Terminal windows, and I prefer navigating to them via keyboard. Here are the different options I have found, and ...
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Is it possible to use nmcli completely without nm-applet?

Since I don't use GNOME now and try wmii, the nm-applet is no longer available for me.I know there is nmcli for the control. What I'm really interested in is that can it really be a substitute for ...
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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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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 install and use FLWM?

I have used Lubuntu before, and like the low resource use and high speed of flwm. However, when I install the flwm package using apt-get and log out, I do not get an option to use it. Am I missing ...
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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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How do I use Scale for Application-only windows?

If I have 3 windows opened in the same application (e.g Google Chrome) I get this in the Unity Bar: OK, that's good and expected. If I click that, it will Scale the windows that belong to that ...
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How to install and use AwesomeWM alongside Unity? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install and use Awesome WM? How to install and use AwesomeWM in Ubuntu 12.04?
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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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Ubuntu window randomly stop drawing

After using Ubuntu for a while, application windows will begin to stop drawing. The application will continue to run (if I'm using keyboard shortcuts, the application exhibits normal behavior, like ...