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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Are there any tiling window managers compatible with Unity3D?

I used to run Xmonad with Unity 2D which I really love, but since Ubuntu 12.10 the Unity 2D is no more. Are there any other tiling window managers that runs well with Unity (3D)? EDIT: I fell back ...
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Is there a shortcut to tile windows to left or right side of the screen?

As Compiz Grid is not supported in ubuntu-2d, I am looking for alternative to tile windows. This video shows that xfce4 and xfwm4 can snap windows to a part of the screen. I would like to do that by ...
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How can I define startup applications with the Awesome Window Manager?

I've been reading as much as I can online, but none of it seems to work (i.e. changing ~/.config/awesome/rc.lua). I've installed awesome window manager from the repos, and I log into it via GDM, and ...
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How to end X session?

Is there a generic way to orderly end X session regardless of display mangager or window manager? More specifically, I use different windows managers for different users, and after reboot one user ...
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enable window 'snap' in 12.04 (window maximation on drag to edge)

I have recently updated to 12.04. The feature which maximises the window if dragged to the upper screen edge, taking the right half if dragged to the right edge and so on, is now missing. (I'm coming ...
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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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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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How do I arrange my windows automatically?

Is there some equivalent of Windows' "Tile Windows" in Ubuntu?
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Is there any lightweight appdriven window manager?

I've recently installed lubuntu on my cubbietruck board and it's great in terms of ressource usage, but i'm just addicted now to a UX where you switch between apps, not windows. Like on MacOSX or ...
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Which tiling window manager is easiest to install and use inside of GNOME

I just tried integrating xmonad with GNOME on Ubuntu 10.04, according to the instructions found here: http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Xmonad/Using_xmonad_in_Gnome#Ubuntu_Karmic Unfortunately, I ...
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How Do I install and use fluxbox window manager? [closed]

I am using backtrack 5 r3 which is based off ubuntu 10.04 lts. I want to use the fluxbox windows manager if possible. I already tried apt-get install fluxbox, which appeared to work, but I have no ...
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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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Xubuntu - Apps Become Unresponsive Intermittently

Possibly Relevant Information: XUbuntu 12.04 LTS (precise) XFCE 4.8 AMD Graphics (Kernel driver in use: fglrx_pci, Kernel modules: fglrx, radeon) The primary symptom of this issue has been my ...
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Windows becoming unresposive on upgrade to 13.10 from 13.04

I have just upgraded to Saucy but am facing several issues. Any window that I open is unresponsive or only starts responding after a very long time to mouse clicks. I just cannot use my mouse or ...
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Unity error: No default decoration found, placement will not be correct [closed]

After typing unity in the terminal to reset my top task bar, it loads correctly, but I get this stacktrace in the terminal: WARN 2013-10-26 19:36:49 unity.glib.dbus.server GLibDBusServer.cpp:586 ...
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How can I get windows properties like with X with Mir?

I started work with Mir and I have a one questions.. How I can work with all application (get title, get active application and etc.) with Mir? Example in X11 First link and Second link
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Xmonad Xsession

My user level: noob-ish, so please bear with me I'm running 12.04 LTS. I have installed and, to some extent, configured xmonad 0.10 The "automagically" created xsession for it works fine as it is, ...
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Rounded corners at the bottom of the window?

Is there a tutorial for beginners on how to rounded bottom corners of the window? Like the Mac OS to the example.
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Metacity malfunction preventing custom Gnome session from launching?

When I try to run Metacity in Ubuntu2D(12.04), I get the following message: alisa@ubuntu:~$ metacity Window manager warning: Screen 0 on display ":2.0" already has a window manager; try using the ...
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How does display manager know which WM/DE to run?

I switched to Arch for a while and got very used to booting to the terminal, logging in, and running "startx" to start my WM. I, of course, could change which WM or DE to run in the ~/.xinitrc file. ...
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Change default width of gnome-terminal and terminator windows

Only a short question but is it possible to set the default width (and height) of terminal sessions in gnome-terminal and terminator? I find I always resize the window once it pops up so and given ...
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lubuntu - maximize windows by dragging to top

I currently installed Lubuntu 12.04 on a Laptop to save resources compared to Ubuntu. I am missing the ability to maximize windows by dragging them to the top of the screen with the mouse. Is it ...
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Run command if window is fullscreen?

Is there any way to run a pre-set command everytime any window goes fullscreen? I want to run unclutter whenever an application goes fullscreen and close it when the app leaves fullscreen. I tried ...
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Are there any ways to install Awesome 3.5.1 on Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm doing to migrate from DE to WM, and like Awesome. But at home I use Ubuntu 13.04 and can install the newest Awesome. At work I use Ubuntu 12.04 and it is older then Awesome, so how can I install ...
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Window Manager and Window Manager Tweaks GUIs are blank [closed]

I got to Application Menu -> Settings -> Settings Manager -> Window Manager or Window Manager Tweaks and both GUIs are blank. Nothing pops up for me to adjust anything. I'm running Xubuntu 12.04 ...
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Gtk skip_taskbar_hint (seen in Glade-ui-Designer) equivalent in Qt

With Glade Designer that lets you set up Gtk-Ui's you can check the option that windows are not shown in the launcher. If I take a look at the ui-file generated by Glade, it says <property ...
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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 ...