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

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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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No window manager after upgrading 13.10 to 14.04

Machine is a single boot Linux. After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.1 today, my son's account starts without a window manager. He has his desktop icons and can click them but no menu and no launcher. I ...
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Xorg errors with alt. window manager

I'm currently trying to use the bspwm window manager, by following this guide. I have all the correct dependencies installed, and I compiled it correctly without any errors. The problem comes when ...
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wingravity = static_gravity not supported?

It has been reported that Ubuntu 14.04 does not work well with MSEide+MSEgui (a cross platform GUI development environment). The window positions are wrong, especially by maximizing and normalizing ...
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Manual UI scaling for non Unity environments

14.04 and Unity now offer UI Scaling. But what if I am not running Unity? In this case I am running Awesome Window Manager. How can I get my applications to scale the way they do when I am running ...
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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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gnome-panel broken with xmonad session in 14.04

In 14.04, I've installed both gnome-session-flashback and xmonad. When logging in using lightdm and the XMonad+Gnome session, the gnome-panel is broken, with half the indicators missing. When ...
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Why windows cascading mode cause segfault in compiz? [on hold]

I found a critical bug in compiz, the x-window-manager. Ubuntu version : 12.04.4 LTS compiz version : 1:0.9.7.12-0ubuntu3 The test case is as below. 1) Set the window placement option to cascade ...
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How can I change the Xfce window manager to awesome?

I'd like to use the Awesome Window Manager with all the other XFCE4 environment daemons, like keyrings, panels, power managers, etc. Is there a way to do this?
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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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How to disable window move with alt + left mouse button?

I have problem with this function because i work in Maya and other 3D applications that use this key combination... This option on Ubuntu 11.04 was in "window" section so i could change it to ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 not usable because of focus problems

I tried to set up Ubuntu 13.10, but there are massive focus problems which make it unusable. It don't seems to have something to do with Unity where I found something about focus problems in the web. ...
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How can I make the draggable window border thicker, without changing the appearance?

When you want to resize a window in gnome (as well as in other systems) you can click-and-hold at the window's border and than drag it. The problem is (and do correct me if I'm wrong here) that the ...
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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 do I restart the window manager?

How to restart window manager so that styles (or whatever) are restored? After doing /etc/init.d/networking stop they feel completely broken.
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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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Laptop-friendly alternatives to Unity window-placement shortcuts

Unity (I'm using Ubuntu Trusty if it matters) has these very handy shortcuts where you can press ctrl+alt+numpad to place a window in one of 8 predetermined positions. For instance, ctrl+alt+7 will ...
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Customize KDE tiling grid

In KDE, when the user is moving a window around with the mouse and she touches a border of the screen, a shadow appears showing the position the window will occupy if the user drops it there. When ...
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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 ...
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How To Disable Sticky Edges via Command Line?

I know how to disable Sticky Edges via the Settings->Display UI, however, I want to be able to do it via command line or config file. Does anyone know how to disable "sticky edges" via a command or ...
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Xubuntu 13.10 new app windows open with buttons at top of frame concealed

In Xubuntu 13.10, many apps, such as Bluefish, Calibre and Firefox, when launched put their window off-kilter, high and to the right, so the top of the window's frame is concealed. Pressing ...
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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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Switching window manager/desktop environments?

In general what is the approach to switch the desktop environment or window manager on Ubuntu? The main difference between stock Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu is supposedly the use of Unity vs. KDE vs. ...
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How do I rebind “Initiate Window Move” to mouse button 10?

I am trying to use button 10 on my mouse to drag windows around. I have installed CCSM and changed the initiate button in the plugin "Move Window" to "Button10" (with no modifier, though adding ...
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Where to send feature request? [duplicate]

My problem is that resizing windows is a pain. (related question: One pixel 'grab' area when resizing windows , but resizing at the edges is still too clumsy, I do know about the ...
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Need help booting ratpoison on a Cr-48 Chromebook

I'm running Chrubuntu and I followed these installation steps for ratpoison on Ubuntu. But every time I try booting I get the following: : unable to launch "/usr/share/xsessions/run_kiosk.sh" X ...
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How do I move windows control button to the right? [duplicate]

I've tried several ways like using dconf, gconf and compiz but neither of those worked. it's set to minimize, maximize, close now and didn't move to the right even after restart why isn't it working? ...
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How can I fix the pager (window manager warning in .xsession-errors)?

Should I do something with the following entries in .xsession-errors? Ostrzeżenie menedżera okien: Buggy client sent a _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW message with a timestamp of 0 for 0x4400004 (.xsession-) ...
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FreeNX Gnome-classic session shows no file icons and top bar is black

I have a remote server running 12.04 and connect to it with FreeNX (running on the Server) and the NoMachine Client. Everything seems to working apart from one thing: most icons are missing. The left ...
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DWM with GNOME Classic

Three years ago I used dwm (dynamic window manager for X). But dwm doesn't have such features as workspaces, menues with switches for user account, system and standard utilities etc. How can I use dwm ...
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How do I remove the window manager of a single application, or open it with no window managment?

I need to open a window without it being managed by the window manager, while the other windows on my screen continue to be managed by the window manager, how do I do this? P.S. I'm willing to edit ...
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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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12.04 ctrl-alt-8/2 window snap problems only with terminal window

I'm running a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04, I have dual screens running on an nvidia gtx 760 running 331.49 drivers. Not sure whether this is relevant or not, but I have only the launcher bar enabled ...
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setting up remote access to VPS where Wine runs; is window manager needed?

I have a VPS running Ubuntu 12.04. My purpose is to let a windows application run under Wine, around the clock, 24/7. It consists of two .exe's, both have to open their GUIs to run. From time to time ...
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Gnome-classic, new windows remain buried behind other window

I have recently moved from ARCH Linux to Ubuntu 11.10. I switched to using Gnome-Classic and noticed strange behaviours with the windows whenever I open them. I have setup Launchers on the Panel to ...
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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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Changes in CompizConfig Settings Manager crash window manager

When I make ANY changes at all in CompizConfig Settings Manager ccsm (for example, enabling/disabling any of the settings), I lose the window manager and keyboard input, only the mouse remains ...
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Reset compiz from command-line

I am considering enabling the ring switcher (or other) effects that come along with compiz extras on my Ubuntu 13.10. The default app switcher is not that much to my liking - navigating multiple ...
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Oneko on 13.10: Superimposed bitmap problem

Has anyone tried the cute cat-and-mouse oneko on Ubuntu 13.10. I noticed that the base bitmap is always superimposed with the other bitmaps, such as when chasing the mouse. The result is that the ...
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HUD in other window managers (especially xmonad)

It seems that HUD is thightly tied to unity. However I just use xmonad as a window manager, especially I don't use unity. Is there a way to use HUD within xmonad (or more generally withing other ...
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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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How can I switch directly to a workspace using the keyboard?

How can I set up a keybinding to jump directly to a workspace? i.e. if I'm on workspace 4, and I know my editor is (always by personal convention) on workspace 2, I want to just hit Super-2 to jump ...
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Window Tansparency - set for one window only

I'm running Xubuntu 13.10 and have set inactive windows to be transparent. However, is there a way to prevent one window/program (i.e. tvtime) from becoming transparent. See this screenshot
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Can't click inside any window application! [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I can click to open an application like Firefox or LibreOffice Writter and once the app opens I can't click inside...I can't click open or close, or refresh or anything. ...
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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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How can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager?

Many times I asked myself: how can I create a new Ubuntu desktop environement/window manager? There are listed a lot of them, but how can I create a new one? What are steps to create an Ubuntu ...
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Window manager affects 3d performance - how to work around it?

I learned the hard way that enabling compositing VM will affect 3d performance. What can I do today to be able play games on linux with no performance penalty? I guess I could create user with ...
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Gnome-shell will not launch Ubuntu 13.04

When I log into the Gnome session, the shell does not launch. In terminal I get the following: pst007x@pst007x-Serval-Professional:~$ gnome-shell Window manager warning: Screen 0 on display ":0" ...
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How do I set GNOME to “focus follows mouse”?

I have two monitors that I use for development. I would like to use sloppy focus for switching between windows. sloppy focus -- whatever you mouse is hovering over is in focus. I know it's available ...
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Toggle horizontal, vertical and full window maximization within Unity?

I want to toggle windows between: horizontal maximized <-> horizontal unmaximized ALT+F7 vetical maximized <-> vertical unmaximized ALT+F6 (both) maximized <-> (both) unmaximized ...