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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Stacked Launcher Item Double Click Behaviour on Alt-tab

Let's say that you have multiple firefox windows open. What you see happen is an additional arrow points to it's icon in the launcher. However, if you double click the icon, it displays all of the ...
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Dual Monitor Window Management

I have two displays: 4 desktop spaces (the Wall) having 2 displays each. If I unplug the second monitor, then all windows move quite strange. I place 8 windows: 1 and 2 on the first desktop space on ...
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The chrome around my windows appears to have disappeared. Any ideas why?

When my windows are not maximised the title bar disappears and the only way to get hold of the application pane is to Alt + Click and Drag. I am running Natty with Unity and I have not restarted the ...
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How to get PID of shell running in a terminal window under mouse?

Though similar questions asked before in this forum here , here and here, my question is different. I want to get PID of a running bash process in gnome terminal. Note: Suggested link which posted ...
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How to install Gala on Xubuntu 14.04?

I tried to install Gala window manager (the windows manager of Elementary OS) on Xubuntu 14.04 as described for example here, but seems like there is an unmet dependency. The error is The following ...
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How can I start a program minimised, and restore maximised?

There are various options to start a program minimised, or to start a program maximised and they work well, but I'm always looking for new challenges. If I start a program minimised using the Devil's ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS how to avoid windows going off the current workspace

Sometimes open windows go out of the bound of the current workspace without any keyboard shortcut used and it is very annoying since the title bar may be inaccessible at times. I have Compiz installed ...
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Does `BorderlessMaximizedWindows=false` still work with Kubuntu 13.10?

Since the upgrade to Kubuntu 13.10 today I lost the borders around maximized windows. How can I re-enable them? I tried this and of course changed true to false, but it doesn't work.
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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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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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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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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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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 do I make resizing dialogues and windows stick permanently?

On my netbook with a resolution of 1024x768, dialogues, like "file open" dialogue or "windows", like the file manager window are opened so that the height of the dialogue/window is too huge. Every ...
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How do I start the GUI (Window Manager?) over VNC?

I have a netbook and a server, to both of which I installed the identical Ubuntu 10.04 LTS distribution. On the server, I had the foresight to install and enable the SSH server before disconnecting ...
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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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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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Configuring Compiz Grid?

Apparently there is a way to get an Areo Snap feature with the Grid plugin for Compiz. I've downloaded the advanced configuration files and have selected the plugin in the Compiz configuration - even ...
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how can I stop top-panel from overlapping window border in dualscreen mode?

I have a dual-screen setup with mu laptop screen as primary and my LCD screen as secondary placed over the laptop screen. On my laptop screen I have a top-panel at the top of the screen and docky at ...
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trying to install terminal window managers

I'd like to try some terminal window managers such as Viper Window Manager (VWM) and Twin ("Textmode WINdow"), but I'm having difficulties getting them running in Ubuntu. Are packages available for ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How to open evince in the top-right corner of my screen? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create a keyboard shortcut to move windows to a specific screen edge I want to open a new evince window on the top-right corner of my screen, how can I do that in Ubuntu ...
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Strange “gap” at the top of windows when first opened?

The first time a window appears there is a "gap" near the top of the screen, a space where you can see through to the background (or whatever window is underneath). It's really hard to explain, so ...
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Strange window manager behaviour

I just upgraded to 11.04 and I'm having some trouble with the window manager. When I log in there are no window borders around anything. Also when I log in it is running some theme that looks like it ...
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What's the best way to implement a script for tiling windows?

I just upgraded to ubuntu 11.04, and I am looking for a good way to tile windows. What I need is just to move window to the left or right half side of the screen, and bind the actions to some keyboard ...
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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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Is window opacity for Mono forms supported?

I am developing a multiplatform program using Mono and it requires Form Opacity support. Basically the ability to make a window semi-transparent. This works fine in windows by setting the ...
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Unity menus and fonts weird rendering

I have an issue that occurs occasionally on my Ubuntu 14.04 (x64). Sometimes, right when I turn on my pc, the font and windows are messy. But, if I log out and log on Guest Account, everything works ...
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Possibility of triple screen setup with two graphic cards

I'm trying to get my favorite triple display setup (3x1 Portrait █ █ █) running under ubuntu/xubuntu 13.10 yet had no gratifying results so far. Ubuntu crashed Compiz repeatedly. And only offered ...
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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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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 I force window to open on top of other windows when opened by keyboard shortcut?

I use SpaceFM as my primary file manager on Ubuntu. I typically open folder directly by keyboard shortcuts, so, e.g. Ctrl+Super+W opens my Work folder. Specifically, I use execute the command spacefm ...
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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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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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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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Keyboard shortcuts for window placement not working

I am trying to find a shortcut to tile windows right and left, but have trouble using both Ctrl-Super-→, Ctrl-Super-← and the Ctrl-Super-Num # functions. I have tried to modify it by installing ccsm ...
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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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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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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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Unity (and its window decorator) keeps crashing, especially when using maximised windows [closed]

I'm not sure why, but Unity crashes fairly often (roughly every 15-20 minutes). I get various bugs, for example when I try to click on the top panel, it simply becomes transparent. The same thing ...
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Possible to limit the size of a window (such as a browser window) to exact pixel dimensions?

Is it possible set the size of a navigator or web browser window to exact pixel dimensions in Ubuntu?
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Window stuck out side desktop

one of my windows is stuck out side the desktop area. I can see a bit of it but cannot see enough to to drag it back. Anyone know another way to move it ? As you can see I cant get to the left side ...
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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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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 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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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".