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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What is the difference between a desktop environment and a window manager?

As the title says. I'm having a really hard time trying to understand what the differences between a desktop environment and a window manager are? EDIT: This is what I found out later. There are ...
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Resize the window control buttons (close, restore, maximize)

How can I change the size of the close/restore/maximize/minimize buttons of the windows? They are too small for me. With a big monitor, it's difficult to position the mouse over them. Is there a ...
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Trouble with scrollbars and focus

In CCSM, I have "click to focus", "raise on focus", and "auto-raise" checked. I have "auto raise delay" 100 and "focus prevention level "Very High" When I hover my mouse over a window that does not ...
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No top panel after installing Gnome

I recently removed Unity and installed gnome from the software center. There is no top bar/panel.
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How to open a window without “close” button?

In a script I want to open a window which is missing the "close" button in the title bar, so that it can't be accidentally be closed, but still has the "minimize" and "maximize" buttons. Is this ...
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Can the positions for Unity Window Snapping be modified to include more options?

There is a pre-existing question similar to mine that you can find here: Can Snap-Windows be set up for 4 windows instead of just 2? The questioner didn't ask the question with enough detail. In the ...
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How can I define custom keyboard mappings to resize, move, and manage windows?

I just returned to ubuntu (13.04) after a year using OS X exclusively. I love the improvements that have come to ubuntu and unity, and I'm glad to be back. There's just one thing, though... Slate is ...
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How can I change the size and position that an application appears when first launched? [duplicate]

When ever I launch Chrome it manifests at a specific size at the top left corner of my screen. Everytime I have to manually resize it and position it in the center of the screen. How can I change ...
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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 turn off the Ubuntu 13.04 window fade effect

When I minimize an application it is very slow, due to my slow laptop It's quite frustrating to see it very slowly creep out of view! So how can I it turned off?
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Moving windows from the keyboard

Is it possible to move windows from the keyboard itself without touching the mouse? I know I can do a Alt + Left Click and drag the window, however I am hoping there is something I can use to move it ...
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Set new window to open at center of the screen - Xubuntu

How to set newly opened window at the center of the screen in Xubuntu? Is it possible? In Ubuntu it can be easily done by Compiz Config Setting Manager.
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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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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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Wmii on Ubuntu 12.10

I installed the quantal wmii deb package, but when I try to log into Wmii it is completely unresponsive. Has anyone else experienced this issue?
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Disable window decoration for specific applications

Is there a way to configure the window manager to disable window decorations (title bar, preferably no borders either) to specific applications (based on the name of the app, title of the window, or ...
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Remove both unity and gnome?

TL;DR: Can I remove completely unity and gnome3 but keep compiz? Long Version: I really gave a go both to unity and to gnome3. I really did. I just can't bear them. I need something that I can rely ...
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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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How do I remove the window borders from modal dialogs in Cinnamon?

System: Ubuntu 13.04, with Cinnamon 1.8. Whenever a modal dialog like the one below (password prompt in GDebi) pops up, it always has an annoying border around it. Is there any way to fix this? I ...
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Multi-window switcher - mouseover window title not showing

When I have multiple instances of the same program running I see white dots to the left of the launcher icon indicating how many instances I have running. When I click on the icon I see the window ...
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Why is Ubuntu positioning new windows beneath the menu bar?

I was messing around with CompizConfig Settings Manager recently and I'm not really sure what I did to cause this issue, but now all new windows are opened at 0, 0. This means the title bar is ...
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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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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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How to put a (Start) Menu button on Fluxbox Toolbar

I often run programs maximized (leaving no desktop area). I want to be able to use my mouse alone to open the menu, and my mouse has no scroll wheel. I'm just going for a simple old school windows ...
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I3 WM with auto internet connectivity and a gnome panel

I wanna use I3 as WM with a gnome-panel on the bottom. But when i try to start the gnome-panel, I3 crashes. So how is it possible to run both? Another question is: How can i connect to the internet ...
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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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How can I bring all windows of an application to the front?

Sometimes I want to bring all the windows of one application to the top. It seems that the only way to do this in Unity currently is to switch to each window individually (either by using alt-tab, ...
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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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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 to move windows to another workspace without switching workspace?

XFCE supports a hotkey to move a window to another workspace. In fact this does two things: It moves the window to the new workspace. switches to this workspace. I'm trying to disable this ...
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How to uninstall unused window managers and related packages?

I have uninstalled most unused session managers, but there are a few that still show among the options at login. The full list is: Gnome classic Gnome classic (No ...
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How to make unity set window properties (sticky, on top) to some windows (google talk)

I have Ubuntu 12.04 and I would like to the default Window Manager to help me setting "Always on Top" and "Always on Visible Workspace" properties to some windows. Ideally matching the title with ...
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How to disable alt+click from moving windows in Unity 2D?

How can I disable the alt+click combination from moving windows in Ubuntu 11.10 (unity-2d)?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...