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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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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Why do most window managers fail to show a custom cursor correctly?

Please note: I am not looking for a fix. However, I want to know why most Window managers ignore my choice of cursor theme and show the default cursor no matter what. Is there a problem with the ...
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window manager not launching on 14.04

After logging in via lightdm, the window manager is not launching for some unknown reason. I haven't been able to find anything in various logs. There are some obscure .xsession-errors, but unsure ...
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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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Want to turn off auto-maximizing of windows in 14.04

I am running Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS, Gnome Classic and I want to turn off the auto-maximizing of windows that occurs when I drag a window to the top of the screen. I admit to being confused about the ...
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How to determine which window manager is running

Is there any way (such as a command or environmental variable) to determine what window manager is the one actively running in the current session?
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How do I display two windows as split screen? [duplicate]

I have two open programs, but I want to view both of them at the same time. Dragging and adjusting them manually takes time, and I might have to do this every day. Is there any shortcut for doing this ...
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Display error on maximizing windows Ubuntu 14.10

I have an issue when maximizing a window on my laptop running Ubuntu Gnome 14.10. I provide hereafter two screen shots, the first being before maximizing and the second after. As you can see, the ...
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How can I reset compiz to the default settings?

I've got a bug that is reoccuring (no window chrome close/minimize/maximize buttons) that is solved by changing the visual effects level (e.g. from none to normal). Unfortunately, the desktop is ...
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Can I run aura/ash desktop environment on a 32 bit computer?

I would like to know if there is a version of ash/aura desktop environment for 32 bit ubuntu based OSes?
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Resizing windows to a particular width and height instantly

For some reason, I wish to resize a window to a very large size, 4-5 times larger than my screen size. For now, I am doing it manually by moving the entire window but one corner out of the screen and ...
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Xubuntu tiling: how to maximize terminal window for partial tiling?

I have problem when do tiling terminal in Xubuntu 14.10. Those terminal emulators (I've test with xfce4-terminal, xterm, and gnome-terminal) can be resized only by width/height of font they are using, ...
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Adjust window resize sensitivity

(Sorry for bad title) I'm using Mate and I have this problem when if I want to resize a window, the mouse icon doesn't switch to "resize mode" unless I am literally on the border of the window. I ...
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How to open Chromium in full screen kiosk mode in minimal windows manager environment (like openbox / jwm)

I am trying to set up a simple Ubuntu kiosk box (14.04), running only a Chromium in a very minimal windows manager environment. Steps I've successfully done: Login automatically: exec /bin/login -f ...
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What causes the deviation in the wmctrl window move command

About wmctrl With wmctrl (not installed by default), we can get information on windows, their id, their geometry, the pid they belong to etc. We can also move or resize windows with several commands. ...
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How do I increase the resize margin on windows?

It takes me about 5 tries to resize a window on my computer. Is there a way to increase the resize margin on the edge of windows?
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How to make xprop -set manual changes permanent

I am trying to permanently reserve space for my top edge panel in the middle of a dual display screen, where the two monitors are above and under each other, like this (the smaller lower one has the ...
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Can I set a keybinding to resize a window to half its size, in a chosen direction?

Using Ubuntu 14.04, I'm looking into getting a 40" 4k display and have found how to resize windows down to quarter sections of the screen, but I would like the ability to further resize them down if ...
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Starting XMonad in Ubuntu 14.10

I'm trying to use XMonad in a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.10. I ran: apt-get install xmonad; and the system ran the installer with no errors. However, I did notice that it did not create an ...
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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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How to show all windows of an application?

I have an application using multiple windows. How can I quickly bring all the windows of that application to the foreground? When I scroll through the applications with the scroll-wheel it only ...
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GKSu is windowed instead of floating prompt

When I use any command with gksu, it doesn't darken the display. Instead, it appears in a window as shown below. Is this a known bug, and if so, has a fix been applied or made known?
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Changing window manager in LightDM

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and wanted to change the default Unity/Compiz window manager. I've went through the LightDM documentation and saw a related question, but I still can't make it work (I tried to ...
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Why is my Xfce window suddenly getting slightly larger than my display?

Sometimes, with no apparent cause, the main Xfce window suddenly gets about a centimeter larger (height and width) than the display. This means that any maximized application-window has to be ...
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Can I move/resize windows a pixel at a time with my keyboard?

In Windows (since at least XP, probably before), if you use the keyboard to move or resize a Window, you can get very precise locations and sizes – even more than with a mouse – by using the Ctrl key ...
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How to rotate a specific window in 90ْ ​​?

Is there a way to rotate a specific window and not the whole screen?
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How to set borders around windows in 14.04?

Can someone advise me of how to add borders (wide borders) to windows in Ubuntu version 14.04. In the past I have used "gnome-tweak-tool". However it doesn't work with version 14.04. All my windows ...
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Is there a way to alt tab to a particular window with one key?

I am using the cinnamon desktop manager on my ubuntu box. Say I have 5 open windows running different applications. Lets call these 5 open windows as * windowA * windowB * windowC * windowD * ...
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aero snap left and right in metacity ubuntu 14.10?

I managed to install Gnome classic Metacity on Ubuntu 14.10 using this: sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback I can user the Super (Windows) key to maximize and restore the windows with the ...
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What is exactly the relation between wmctrl -d and wmctrl -lG in Unity?

from man wmctrl: wmctrl is a command that can be used to interact with an X Window manager that is compatible with the EWMH/NetWM specification. wmctrl can query the window manager for information, ...
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How to remove window decorations in Cinnamon / Muffin?

I have installed Cinnamon and Muffin and I love them. Finally, I have a working expo! However, I would like to remove all window decorations: I resize and move the windows with alt-mouse, and close ...
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How do you enable shading windows with the mousewheel in Xubuntu 14.04?

I can't seem to find a way to shade the windows by scrolling up on the title bar. This is a feature I've been using for the longest time, but the closest I could achieve in this release was ...
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Windows scattered across virtual desktops after waking up from sleep

My setup is two external screens connected to a docking station and the laptop screen all running (thanks, Lenovo!). I have four virtual desktops (Ubuntu 14.04, Unity). At any point I might have one ...
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Programs suddenly have old window designs

I don't know what I did, but it seems that most of my programs are now using some poor old window design : But for example nautilus doesn't have this problem : Would anyone know what this is ...
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Is it possible to use Ash window manager from Chrome OS?

Is it possible to use Ash window manager from Chrome OS? Here is how it looks like: More info: http://www.chromestory.com/2012/04/aura-and-ash-in-chrome-os-what-are-they/
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Hot to disable key shortcut for “alt+the button above tab”

I am comfortable using alt+ up and alt+ down after typing alt+ tab, so I don't need the shortcut alt+~ to do that. And this is my favourite shortcut for maybe my most heavily used emacs command. How ...
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how to remove title bar and borders on maximized windows in kubuntu?

In gnome-shell there is an extension that removes the window borders and close buttons and title bar etc on maximized windows to save screen real estate. I'm sure kwin / kde has a way to mimic this ...
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Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard

I know that using Alt+F7, I can use the keyboard to move the window around. I can also use the "Grid" plugin of Compiz to position quickly the window around my current monitor. The grid plugin doesn't ...
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Building Awesome WM

I am following these steps in order to build Awesome window manager on 10.04 I am building 3.4 while the tutorial is for 3.1 I installed all of the specified dependencies including cairo. After ...
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Window manager that's able to switch between windows using shortcuts

everyone! Tell me please: does exist some window manager that would let me switch between windows as easy as switch tabs in screen/tmux? For instance, shortcut+window index. Or shortcut+binded ...
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How to close only one window of an application?

I know that if I get the sid through : ps -ax | grep firefox and use : kill -9 "sid" I will close all the windows of the program. How can I close only one window of an application running through ...
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Gesture to minimize window in Gnome Shell

I have Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome Shell chosen as Desktop Manager. I'm getting used to how the windows are resized as they are dragged on some edge of the screen (e.g. maximized when dragged on the top, ...
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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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How to enable sticky windows?

I remember some desktops had a sticky windows feature, where windows close to eachother would snap together at their border and 'stick'. How can this be enabled in Ubuntu?
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Reduce the size of windows in Ubuntu (14.04)

Sorry to bother you with a question probably very stupid, but I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity, and for some reasons, the windows seems to have a "minimal size". This is extremely annoying when I ...
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Browser window is not focused after links clicking in other applications (14.04)

When I'm clicking on a link in Skype or Thunderbird it is opened in new tab of my default web browser (Chrome), but the browser window itself is not moved to the foreground. Thus I have to click on ...
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Kubuntu with strange behavior in rendering window

After update Kubuntu 14.04 to 14.10, I've got a strange behavior that appears randomly. Nothing is trigged to do it appear, and it happens sometimes in every window in random parts of such windows. ...
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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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Window manager crashing at startup even after compiz --replace

Today I decided to finally install ubuntu on my computer (with windows) so I installed it from my USB key. But when I start it I can't move,close or maximize/minimize any window, the top left buttons ...
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Is there an exposé like window overview feature in xubuntu?

Using Ubuntu with unity and compiz it was possible for me to create a hot corner which triggered all (in-)active windows to be shown in an overview. Is it possible to create something similar in ...