Since Ubuntu 18.04 I'm more or less forced to use Gnome Shell (also given the discontinuation of Unity...)
Wine apps used to run fine in Unity 7 (7.5.0). They still run fine in Gnome Shell (3.28.3) except they are not recognized as windows. Which means: I can click and interact with everything inside the app (including menus) but not the window itself (I can't drag the title bar, can't user Super+Click or Super+ArrowKey to move the window).

The Gnome Shell title bar never recognizes the launched wine app and will show nothing in the place where the application title should be. I also can't use Alt+Tab - the Wine app always stays on top (and can be clicked inside) while the active window (as shown in the Gnome Shell title bar) changes.

I assume this isn't a bug since I can't imagine that Wine is broken/unusable for all Gnome Shell users, so: what am I doing wrong?

1 Answer 1


In a console, type winecfg then enter. This will open the configuration tool of wine. (I think that if you type "wine config" into gnome search bar, you might also get a "Configure wine" app, it's the same).

Under "graphics", make sure "Allow the window manager to decorate the window" and "Allow the window manager to control the window" are checked.
Screenshot of graphics config tab of winecfg

You have to do that for all wineprefix you use.

  • Out of curiosity: How could this be unchecked? And why do these options even exist? Oct 23, 2018 at 9:55
  • I don't know if it still applies, but some games or fullscreen apps did not play very nice with the linux window manager.
    – autra
    Oct 23, 2018 at 11:13
  • Also, sometimes you might want to prevent your window manager to decorate the window. It is useful for applications that re-implements their own bar and buttons for a better look&feel (that's the intention at least). If you keep this checked, you'd have 2 application topbar: the skinned one, and on top the native linux one. Ugly :-)
    – autra
    Oct 23, 2018 at 11:16
  • As for the "how could this be unchecked", I have no idea really.
    – autra
    Oct 23, 2018 at 11:18
  • Mine are checked and I still have this problem... that's unfortunate... I can't find an answer anywhere.
    – Douglas
    Mar 25, 2019 at 20:00

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