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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Non-compositing WM - dependancy of Nautilus “desktop management” for gnome-terminal transparency

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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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 ...
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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 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 enable mouseover window focusing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set focus follows mouse? I am trying to enable the feature where a window becomes focused (whether in foreground or background) when the mouse hovers over it. ...
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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.
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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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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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VmWare copy/paste one way

I run Ubuntu in VmWare virtual machine. I can copy from ubuntu and paste in my host windows machine, but I can't copy and paste the same info in Ubuntu. That effect just happened after some time ...
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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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Can I automatically send a particular application's window to the lowest z-position, when it loses focus?

I do most of my work in two applications: my web browser and my editor. I switch back and forth between them frequently with Alt-Tab. I also have an IM client (Hipchat) open at all times, but I ...
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How do I move ALL windows to another monitor? (Ubuntu Gnome)

After I run Diablo 2 in Wine (Ubuntu Gnome 15.10), all my windows move to second monitor. Is there a way to move all windows back to first monitor with a shortcut key or some other fast way?
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Minimalist Ubuntu without the default window manager

I'm about to install Linux on my new laptop (Dell XPS15 9550), but I usually end up with a bloated installation because I like to use the i3 window manager. This means I have GNOME etc installed but ...
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xdotool does not terminate

xdotool click 1 works as it should: the left mouse button is clicked once. On the other hand, whenever I enter xdotool behave_screen_edge bottom click 1 in the terminal, the command does not ...
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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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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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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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How to close, minimize, and maximize a specified window from Terminal?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18 and I am wondering if there is a way from Terminal to close, minimize, unminimize, maximize, and unmaximize specified windows? Note - I've looked at ...
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Hide window border all time

In how to remove title bar and borders on maximized windows in kubuntu? I know how to hide title bar in maximized windows in kde. it works good. and my problem is how can i hide window this title ...
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1-day old kubuntu 15.10 doesn't close windows even though the program is closed

Dear ladies and gentlemen, After a fresh install of Kubuntu 15.10 and some installations including Nvidia driver 352 from repos in order to switch to Zotac GeForce GTX750, some windows will not close ...
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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 can't I move a window to the top left corner with wmctrl in Unity?

I've been playing around with wmctrl to take more control of my windows. I've encountered a weird behaviour where Unity reserves double the space. See this screen shot: I opened the terminal and ...
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Window content refresh issue

I notice a rather annoying issue with window content refresh. I do need to always press F5 to see the content updated. For example, if I'm in terminal and delete or move some files from, let's say, ...
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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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dependencies problems [duplicate]

I am running a kubuntu 15.10 machine. I tried to change my DM with a blank screen as result. After installing lightdm I got it. I could recover the /etc/X11/default-display-manager and I am back at ...
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How do you use Openbox with Unity?

I am not a fan of the way that Metacity positions its Close, Maximize and Minimize buttons on the left of the screen. Is there any way to change this? If not, is there any way to use Openbox with ...
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Building Awesome WM, missing dependencies

Trying to compile Awesome Window Manager on 11.04, I've done apt-get build-dep awesome but still get errors about missing dependencies: $ make Running cmake… -- cat -> /bin/cat -- ln -> /bin/ln -- ...
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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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X Server Starting Window Manager (Compiz-Standalone) Cursor is Black X

I'm running ubuntu server 15.10 using compiz as my window manager. My .xinitrc is: #!/bin/sh xset s off # don't activate screensaver xset -dpms # disable DPMS (Energy Star) features. ...
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Docking windows on the left or right of the screen

I would like to dock my instant messenger and have it always be visible. Note: I am NOT referring to tiling. A docked window prevents any other window from maximizing over it, permanently, just like ...
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How to tile window on the corners in Xubuntu

After I realized that Unity is overstretching my graphics card and my CPU, I decided to remain to Ubuntu by switching to Xubuntu. Xubuntu is must faster, but I am now trying to reproduce the handy ...
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How to start a program always on second monitor

I tried to Google and to browse/search the questions but with no luck. I have Xubuntu 12.10 installed and extended desktop is working great (Intel display driver). The problem is that I want to start ...
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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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How can I determine if a process has a window, and subsequently show, hide or close it?

Is it possible, either through a shell script or terminal command, assuming you have the PID, determine if it has a main window (form), and then get info about it (title) and show/hide/close it?
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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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Using the ASH widow manager from Chrome OS

I was interested in using google chrome's ASH window manager on Ubuntu. I first tried dz0ny's lightdm-login-chromeos project, but that seems to have been abandoned. I then tried the google-chrome ...
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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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Tiling window manager with multimedia key support out of the box

I love tiling window managers. I tried i3wm the other day and loved it. However, I spent all day trying to get my multimedia keys to work. They never did. GNOME and Unity both recognize the key ...
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How to start nautilus maximized from command line?

I can easily start Nautilus on a particular directory from command line: nautilus /home/nico/Documents But I want that Nautilus window to be maximized. How to write the command line? nautilus does ...
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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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How to hide window decoration (title bar) in Opera 32 and Cinnamon?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and my DE and window manager is Cinnamon (Muffin). Chromium has a nice option "Use system title bar and borders". Opera does not. I tried to add an option ...
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How do I permanently change window titles?

Which files are involved in generating the window title? For example, if you open Rhythmbox, you see the program name as the window title. But it’s not generated by the .desktop file. Which file(s) do ...
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Icon not clickable to change window manager when using Cinnamon

I installed xmonad using apt-get. Supposedly, I can select xmonad by clicking on the icon that appears next to the username at the login screen. Well, that icon doesn't respond when I click on it. ...