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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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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No window manager after installing updates [duplicate]

I got a notification about package updates and proceeded to install them. After restarting all I can see is the desktop background image. There are no icons and no menu bar. Key shortcuts still work ...
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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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Is it possible to get the first click on an inactive window to not register?

On OS X (or I guess we're calling it macOS now) if I click on an inactive window, it does not register the click, but simply makes that window the active window. For example, if I click on a text ...
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Kubuntu 16.04 | MaxTo Alternative for Kubuntu

When having to work on Windows I really enjoy using MaxTo? How may I achieve something similar on Kubuntu 16.04?
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Disable “middle click to lower window” behaviour on gnome

I am using the Chromium web browser, and standard gnome (i.e. not unity). Chromium (like lots of things) has many tabs, and allows you to middle click on a tab to close the tab. But if I middle click ...
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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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Task switching brings focus to wrong desktop with maximised windows

Using ubuntu 16.04, I'm facing an issue where I want to switch to another window, the window manager activates another desktop (space) then where the window resides. I've seen this issue on a couple ...
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configure a simple (stripped down) desktop environment for xrdp sessions using xfce4

I'm building a session server for xrdp remote desktop sessions. I want to run just a browser and an X client program in each remote desktop, so my casual remote-desktop users can perform some specific ...
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Docky and Plank close apps when click instead of focusing

I am using MATE with Compiz and Docky/Plank. Lately a problem raised, when a minimized is clicked then it closes. The expected behavior is to focus the window and bring it back.
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gnome-tweak-tool 3.18 missing Window Theme option!

I have installed Ubuntu Gnome 16.04. But I saw something is wrong in gnome-tweak-tool 3.18 As you can see in below, the older version of gnome-tweak-tool had a Window Theme option : But in gnome-...
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How to write a script that generates a text file and opens it?

I have recently started using Linux and I want to create a script that will do the following: Generate a text file where the first line is: Work Plan {todays date} Save it with the name work_plan_{...
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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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Cinnamon Over Window Manager like 'Openbox-Gnome-Session, et al' [migrated]

I just switched to Cinnamon on LM18 after playing around with Mate. Anyway, I'm wondering if there are any Window Managers that can work underneath Cinnamon much like Openbox-Gnome-Session. Unless I ...
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XFCE Keyboard shortcut to place active window at the back (or minimize)

Is it possible to have a keyboard shortcut instead of middle-clicking the menu bar to lower windows behind all the others? Like the second answer to this question, but in XFCE instead of Unity. In ...
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How to reset default window positions and sizes?

Short Version How do you reset the default window positioning and sizing rules? As in, when an application starts, it remembers its last position and size. I want it to not do that, and start in ...
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16.04: Cannot uninstall dwm

I install dwm via apt, and I want to remove it and build it from source. Problem is I can't get rid of it! I've done sudo apt-get remove dwm sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove dwm sudo apt-get purge ...
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How can I minimize windows, only on a specific monitor?

I have monitor and laptop screen and have a problem with the "Show desktop" function. Laptop screen is showing widget that should stay for all the time. Main monitor is used normally. Whenever I use ...
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Desktop Manager compiz not working

I'm running ubuntu 14.04, and recently configured my desktop environment with the compizconfig-settings-manager. After some tries I reseted everything and suddenly all window top bars are away, I can'...
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ubuntu 16.04 not showing all system tray images

Recently, I've installed Ubuntu 16.04 but have some problems. The images of some icons in the system tray are not shown. Also, for non-full-sized-window The close/minimise/enlarge button are ...
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What is the most stable 16.04 desktop environment? [closed]

TL;DR I want to switch from KDE (plasma 5) to a more stable DE, whether it be LXDE, XFCE, Unity, Cinnamon (on Mint), or MATE (on Ubuntu LTS, if it is stable now). Those who have tried or have ...
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Cick to focus is not working 16.04

This seems to have previously been a problem starting in 15.10, and after upgrading to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 the problem is still not solved. Click to focus specifically seems to be bugged on GNOME ...
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How to disable default desktop background picture module with third-party window manager?

I installed latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, then installed IceWM and set it as a default window manager. Everything works just great, IceWM's background picture is set in the config and is displayed properly,...
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Is it possible to place windows with keyboard shortcuts in Xfce?

With Compiz in Unity, I could press Ctrl+Alt+6 to place a window on the right-half of the screen, Ctrl+Alt+4 to place it on the left half, Ctrl+Alt+7 to place it in the top left quarter of the screen, ...
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Windows always opened between the two monitors

I have KDE 5 and a second monitor. Every time I open an application, the window appears exactly between the two screens. How can I avoid this, and for example, either: Tell KDE to open the ...
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Text partially disappearing in many applications after unlocking on Xubuntu

Ever since I updated to the new Xubuntu version (16) I have two behaviours: sometimes I have to switch tty after unlocking the Laptop to make my mouse cursor appear again. I heard it is related to ...
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Is it possible to start an application without a window manager?

I have some really old machines that I want to run some games on. I want to get the best performance possible so I want to know (if possible) how can I start a game without a window manager. Maybe ...
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Installing AntiX's WMs on Ubuntu 16.04

I am not able to find an answer to this question, so I hope somebody will help me out. I currently use Ubuntu-Mate 16.04 LTS and love it. I have it set up perfectly to fit my needs. I also ...
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Possible bug in Unity 7.4.0? Windows disappearing or not activating properly

I have a couple of strange issues with Ubuntu since upgrading from 15.10 to 16.04. Has anyone else seen this or can anyone suggest a possible solution? Issue 1 Occasionally when I switch from one ...
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KDE Plasma doesn't recognize keyboard shortcuts, until I switch away from and back to KWin

I just made a jump from Maté to KDE Plasma. (Kubuntu v. 14.04.4) (I love everything else about it.) I'm hardly a linux beginner, but I don't usually mess with X and some help is appreciated. When I ...
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Is there a script (or software) to open an application window on a specific viewport and position?

So, I have 8 virtual Desktops in Unity (with Compiz) because I have many projects I'm working on simultaneously. Problem is, every time I need to reboot or accidentally close Chrome (which ...
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How can I get a fun little creature to run on top of my active windows?

How can I get a fun little creature to run on top of my active windows? Just for a fun bit of Linux based eye candy.
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No window manager after Ubuntu update (e.g. 13.10 to 14.04)

Machine is a single boot Linux. After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04 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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HUD in other window managers (especially xmonad)

It seems that HUD (Heads Up Display) is tightly 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 ...
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Should I choose Ubuntu Server when installing a custom WM?

I would like to install the i3 Window Manager and when I tried it with the Unity version, some styles carried over to i3, which didn't look good. From my understanding the Server edition is just ...
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16.04 GPU murdering the onboard CPU (XFCE screen tearing expirement)? [duplicate]

I'm having a hard time understanding what is happening with my hardware. For context: I'm using an MSI laptop equipt with an i7 and gtx970m, both appear to work. XFCE screen tearing was giving me ...
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How to hide window borders?

I recently saw that on Manjaro (with XFCE4) it is possible to hide the top border of windows. So the title bar together with the minimize, maximize, close etc. buttons were not visible anymore. Is ...
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How to cycle through and open, open windows?

The problem with Alt-Tab is that it only shows you icons, and also groups windows of one app which are slow to separate. Also, the Super-W view showing all the windows at a reduced resolution is also ...
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Ubuntu server 16.04 without extra Window Manager start Applications fullscreen

does anybody know how to start applications on an ubuntu server 16.04 with x installed but no window manager, so that the windows from eg. chromium/eclipse open fullscreen? Or a really lightweight ...
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Terminal is not restored to proper size

I am using Ubuntu 16.04. The terminal is not restored back to its original size after maximizing in Unity. Is there any workaround? Or should I report a bug? In that case what should be the package?
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Why does Nautilus “desktop management” enable gnome-terminal transparency for a non-compositing WM?

I am running Trusty Tahr with spectrwm as my window manager. I have enabled the transparent background for gnome-terminal, but the background will only be transparent if I run nautilus first with its ...
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Auto-raise with compiz not working properly in Ubuntu MATE 16.04

I use auto-raise with compiz and from time to time it doesn't work properly. It just stops auto focusing hovered windows. What kind of info do I need to collect to get to a solution ? (Logs, ...
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Unwanted switching apps

I am getting unwanted switching to other windows when typing on the DELL XPS laptop in Ubuntu 14.04. This can lead to characters getting typed into the wrong files. Sometimes files get saved in ...
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How do I configure the mouse event behaviors

I've just installed 14.04 and cannot find the configuration tool to control how mouse clicks are acted on by the window manager, and then optionally passed to the application. I want to set the ...
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Setting up a window manager development environment and a basic guide

I am using Ubuntu and I am not able to understand from where can I get the Xcb libraries. While I was checking some guide (whose name I forgot) I got the command : cc file_name.c -lxcb It was written ...
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Xubuntu 14.04: Empty desktop on boot

My laptop worked fine earlier today, but just now I started it up and logged in, but my desktop is empty, my panels/toolbars/status bars are gone, and while I can move the mouse, right-clicking does ...
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ctrl-alt-numpad8 without numpad?

I want to run this shortcut on a keyboard without numpad: Ctrl-Alt-Numpad 8 - Place window in top half of screen. Question1 How to configure this for a keyboard without numpad? Question2 I don'...
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Chromium window disappears randomly but runs it just gets invisible o.O

What the title sais is the short description... its very strange and I dont know if its a ubuntu bug or a chromium one thus I had to make a huge post explaining it... :/ TLTR; I am not sure if it's ...
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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 to stick window only to specific workspaces?

I have two monitors and 4 workspaces. I would like one window to be only 'partially sticky' - instead of being visible on all 4 workspaces, I want it to be visible only on two. Is this is possible at ...