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

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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 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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close window in window overview

I have several terminal windows open. When I click on the terminal icon in the launcher, all terminal windows are shown in an overview. Is it possible to close a windows from the overview without ...
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Remember window monitor for windows in multi-monitor setup (12.04)

I'm on Unity 3D, in a dual-monitor setup. I like to keep certain applications on fixed monitors / workspaces. However, it annoys me needing to move all those windows to the desired monitor / workspace ...
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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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How to disable auto-maximize windows in GNOME?

Each time I open any application, it zooms to fill-up the entire desktop and so I am always forced to use "Unmaximize" using Alt+Space menu. This is a feature that I must disable at any cost. Please ...
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How to launch Configure Kde control module by command line?

Right-clicking on the top bar of a window gets you, via "Configure Window Behavior", to the Window Manager settings. Here you can learn and configure the advanced features of KWin. But is there a way ...
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How do I install only the KDE desktop (and not apps) on Unity?

My question is pretty simple. I have Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity and I want to login with KDE. I have seen recommendations to: 1- run the three commands: $ sudo add-apt-repository ...
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How to Enhance xinit?

I started with Ubuntu 12.04 minimal and added a couple of applications via apt. Since these applications require GUI, I used sudo apt-get install xinit And to start the applications I am doing ...
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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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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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How to uninstall kwin without installing openbox?

I haven't found anything about this anywhere, but when I remove kwin it automatically installs openbox for me and vice versa without me having any say in it. I realise this is to prevent users from ...
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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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Black areas with default (gray) theme in GTK3 based applications

I use Ubuntu 12.04 with the Blackbox window manager and the default (gray) GTK theme. With some GTK 3 applications, like Gedit, Disk utility and Evince I see black areas which should be gray and these ...
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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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When clicking below window title bar in KDE, window dragging is initiated. Can I change this behavior?

this one is regarding KDE in Ubuntu 12.04. The thing is that whenever I click below the window title bar in KDE, the window manager always assumes I want to drag the window, not just activate it. ...
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How do I add Window Manager From Scratch (WMFS) to the Window Manager selection in the login screen?

how do I add Window Manager From Scratch (WMFS) to the Window Manager selection in the login screen? I've installed it already and now I want to boot it, but how do I do that? Regards, Senad
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How to move the lock window on the lock-screen?

Is it possible to move the window where you input your password on the lock screen away from the center, e.g. at the lower edge?
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Getting window maximization to work properly with Tint2

I've added a bottom taskbar to Unity with tint2. Now I have the taskbar on the bottom of my screen as desired, but when I maximize windows their bottom edge sits under the taskbar that tint2 created. ...
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how to change xfce4 default window manager

How can I change the default window manager for xfce4? for some reason xfwm doesn't run when I run xfce4 shell.
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Can I completely remove Gnome and leave xmonad?

I've installed xmonad. I'm trilled with it. I can now use it as my one and only WM. I'm just wondering is it going to work without problems if I totally remove Gnome. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.
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Keyboard shortcut to move windows between monitors?

I remember there used to be a setting under Compiz that set a keyboard shortcut for moving applications between physical (but combined as a single xscreen) screens, similar to moving between logical ...
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Problem with KDE's pseudo-tiling side-by-side feature

I'm using Kubuntu 12.04 LTS with KDE 4.8.2. I'm having a problem with the pseudo-tiling feature where dragging a window into the side of the screen makes it occupy that half of the screen. If I've ...
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Hotkeys to focus generic window in Gnome

Is there a way to use hotkeys to focus on a window not determined by its program name? Let's say there are nine program tabs open: Terminal, Eclipse and seven Chrome Windows. Currently, I am just ...
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Autohide question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I configure Unity's launcher auto-hide behavior? I have a ten inch screen, and Firefox is crowded to the right by what people seem to be calling the left ...
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How to make Gimp run as a single window?

Gimp is nice, but the one thing that drives me nuts is that everything floats around in front of each other, often hiding the main window and forcing me to minimize all open windows until I find the ...
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Cycle windows over all workspaces in XFCE (while being able to cycle over one workspace)

I am aware of the xfwm4 -> general -> cycle_workspaces setting but I want to have two shortcuts: cycles over the windows of the current workspace cycles over the windows of all workspaces
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Alt-Tab does not switch [duplicate]

Since upgrading to 12.04, my alt-tab occasionally does not work. I cannot determine the symptoms that lead to it, but there are some windows that just decide not to show. What happens is I alt-tab to ...
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Window title-bars missing occasionally in Unity

window (title and icon) sometimes doesn't appear. As a solution to this, I have to logout and login again. Is there something wrong with my system? How to make sure that this doesn't happen again?
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What is the app, “compiz” responsible for on ubuntu 12.04?

When I open my system monitor and check the "processes" tab, I've noticed that regardless of what other apps I have running, "compiz" is always taking roughly 10% of my CPU. It might be a broad ...
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Alt+F10 to maximise window in 12.04 with gnome-classic no effects?

How can I use Alt+F10 to maximise window in 12.04 with gnome-classic no effects? I was able to use it in 11.10, but now, if I am in gnome-terminal and I want to maximise it, I get a symbol ;3~ and ...
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Manual shortcut keys without using settings

I want to change the "Close Window" shortcut to Ctrl+Q as this is more intuitive to me than the default Alt+F4. Prior to 12.04 upgrade, I was just able to change this via the settings window, but in ...
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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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Alt-Tab behaviour in KDE 4.8.2 after upgrade to 12.04

This may be a silly question for this community (and if this question does not belong here, please let know, and I'll either delete it or move to another suggested forum.) I run Kubuntu, and I just ...
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Maximize dialog windows?

Solution: If you're on standard Unity which uses Compiz for 3D compositing, use compizconfig-settings-manager. See WeAreGeek's answer below. If you're on Unity 2D, as I am, then wmctrl is the only ...
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Can't disable active window's transparency | Hover effect not working

I'm having a problem right now with my window frames' opacity settings. For some reason the active window very often (but not always) has a half-transparent title bar. This is really distracting but ...
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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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Look for a tiling window manager, 2D, enabling shortcuts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a shortcut to tile windows to left or right side of the screen? I am still struggling in looking for a tiling window manager. What I need is not complicated, I ...
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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 to start xmonad?

I am under GNOME, and a Ubuntu 11.10 as virtual machine, which does not enable 3D accelaration. I just downloaded xmonad via software center. I guess the first step is to replace the current window ...
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Making gnome-shell default [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins? Any way to make gnome-shell as default window manager other than adding gnome-shell --replace' with in ...
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Xen 4.1 + NVidia driver = Unity has no window decorations [closed]

I am running Ubuntu 11.10 with Unity. I installed XEN and booted its kernel. The machine booted normally. However, when I started Unity (3D), there were no window decorations. I tried Unity 2D and ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I disable window move with alt + left mouse button in GNOME Shell?

There are lots of posts on this about Unity, this is about gnome-shell As with other posters, I use apps (Inkscape in particular) that uses Alt-Click and Alt-drag. Gnome-shell is grabbing this off me ...
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trouble while installing KWin window manager

I installed the Kde windows manager in ubuntu 12.04 using the command: sudo apt-get install kde-window-manager the installation was succesful. I then logged out and in the login screen only ubuntu, ...
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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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Prevent a window from being active on screen directly after being launched

is it possible with ubuntu oneiric to choose if a window/application will be "active on screen" or not once it is launched? once upon a time, i was using debian and i could choose not (ie every new ...