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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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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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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Automatically Shade Window on Unfocus

I have certain windows (for example, Empathy) that I want to be automatically roll up (or shade) upon being unfocused and to roll down (or un-shade) when focused. I can manually roll the windows up ...
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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 do I install and use the Bluetile window manager in 12.04?

I've been working on getting bluetile working on 12.04 so I can start down the path of tiling windows managers, but I have been having limited success. I have read the (only 7!) other posts on ...
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Remember window monitor for windows in multi-monitor setup (12.04)

I'm on Unity 3D, in a dual-monitor setup. I like to keep certain applications on fixed monitors / workspaces. However, it annoys me needing to move all those windows to the desired monitor / workspace ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is there a generic solution for reactivating a window that has been “minimized to tray”?

I have written a script that responds to a keyboard shortcut by, if it is not already open, execute the Spotify application. If Spotify is already opened, the script uses xdotool to activate the ...
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How can I achieve more control over my XFCE keyboard shortcuts?

XFCE has a great keyboard commands editor in the window manager keyboard settings area. I can change the commands that open or close windows or move to workspaces etc. But it is a bit lacking. What ...
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Window manager won't start after upgrade to Trusty

I recently upgraded my desktop from 13.04 to 14.04. I see the normal graphical login screen, and I'm able to enter my username and password. However, after entering my login information, nothing seems ...
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System monitor borders missing

It seems that some applications the borders are missing, I noticed it on gnome-system-monitor, but thought not much of it as I don't really use it. But more applications are having this issue too now, ...
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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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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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multiple key combinations for one command in compiz

I'm trying to change the default behavior of Super Right/Left arrow into that of Ctrl Super Right/Left arrow as well as CtrlAlt4/6. Ctrl Super Right/Left arrow is used to change the position and size ...
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Is there any lightweight appdriven window manager?

I've recently installed lubuntu on my cubbietruck board and it's great in terms of ressource usage, but i'm just addicted now to a UX where you switch between apps, not windows. Like on MacOSX or ...
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How to access login screen on Ubuntu 13.04 with Windows Remotely

I have two computers, one with Windows 8 and one downstairs with Ubuntu 13.04. After a software update i want to access this ubuntu computer from my windows 8 computer over vnc. but it is on the login ...
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Chat window doesn't open when someone starts a chat

I've this annoying problem: when someone starts a skype chat with me, it doesn't open a window in front of me. It just puts a little triangle in the skype launcher - so most of the time I don't notice ...
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How do i set/change window placement position without CCSM

I want the default window placement to be center. but i dont want to install CCSM as it slows down Ubuntu on Unity. How do i set the default window placement position without CCSM?
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A pre-13.04 program/script/window-manager used to let me resize windows by triple touching a window

In a previous Ubuntu installation, there was a cool feature that let me use a three-finger touch to change the size of the active window. I don't remember the version of Ubuntu or the name of the ...
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Are there any ways to install Awesome 3.5.1 on Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm doing to migrate from DE to WM, and like Awesome. But at home I use Ubuntu 13.04 and can install the newest Awesome. At work I use Ubuntu 12.04 and it is older then Awesome, so how can I install ...
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Project applications auto opener positioner

I work with different tools that I need to open each time I open my laptop depending on the project I'm going to work on. I'd like to have a way to automate the opening and positioning of all ...
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Resize window actions for left and right placement don't work

In previous versions of Ubuntu I could press the combination of keys several times (Ctrl+Alt+Num4 or Num6) to re-size window to different width. Now this functionality doesn't work on Ubuntu 12.04. ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 with Gnome 3 WM suspend graphical problem

So when I suspend my computer, the screen when my computer is locked or when I have opened the menu with windows button suddendly becomes bugged and looks like an old kinescope TV with no signal. Is ...
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Metacity malfunction preventing custom Gnome session from launching?

When I try to run Metacity in Ubuntu2D(12.04), I get the following message: alisa@ubuntu:~$ metacity Window manager warning: Screen 0 on display ":2.0" already has a window manager; try using the ...
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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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Window decorations are permanently lost when windows are maximised

I am using a clean install of Xubuntu and default options for XFCE. For some reason when I maximise any window (or open a application that has a maximised window), the window decorations (title bar, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not all windows frames displayed in fvms' windows in vnc4server in Ubuntu

I have installed vnc4server on my Ubuntu server, to have it no screen 7 with GUI, but being able to run some windowed applications. Also I installed fvwm. Currently I have some windows displayed ...
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Perpetually logged in to Gnome without windows manager

So, I recently downloaded Xmonad to try a windows manager that was less demanding on my computer. At the log in screen, I unknowingly chose Xmonad with Gnome as my log in option. I am now stuck with a ...
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no min/max/close buttons in kubuntu 14.04

I recently installed kubuntu 14.04. The windows dock to the upper left corner and cannot be moved,resized, and there are no min/max/close buttons. kde-window-manager is installed and in the default ...
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Run a VirtualBox VM in a second X-Server with Graphic support

I'm starting a VirtualBox VM (Windows 7) in a second X-Server (Ubuntu 14.04) and i'm using the following xinit script (/path/.vboximage): optirun VBoxManage startvm <vm name> & exec tinywm ...
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Unable to resume regular Ubuntu WM after Bluetile

I can't resume the regular Unity Window Manager after running bluetile which I installed with apt-get. Bluetile has a quit function called by Win+Shift+q, however upon exit it doesn't reset the ...
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Unity closing windows while process still running

Windows I'm using will randomly close and then the processes for those windows will still be running in the system. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.
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What is the difference between gnome-awesome session and pure xsession?

I am trying to use awesome tiling window manager and I figured I have a choice of running awesome as GNOME session or pure xsession. What is the difference between the two and when would I want each ...