(Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric with Unity 3D)

In CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM) I activated the plugin Place Windows (? in German: Fenster platzieren) and configured it as follows:

fixed viewports

This works perfectly for Thunderbird, but Firefox always opens the first window on the actually focused viewport and not where it should. A new window when Firefox is already running opens at the configured workspace, even if Firefox runs on another viewport.

The described Problem appears when I open Firefox out of the Dash or from the Launcher or listing it in Startup Applications (Command: /usr/bin/firefox). When I open it by clicking a link in Thunderbird everything runs as it should.

Furthermore: I started Firefox from the Launcher and switched to Expo mode (by pressing Workspace Switcher in Launcher). Then I saw appearing Firefox on the configured workspace for a split second before finally be opened on the focused viewport.

When I restart Firefox after a crash or when it didn't close correctly before (it starts then with what you see in about:sessionrestore) it opens on the configured viewport.


I found out that it works correctly when I set PreferencesGeneralStartup to Show my home page or Show a blank page. Firefox opens on the focused viewport and not where it should when this is set to Show my windows and tabs from last time.

startup settings

closed as too localized by Seth, Eric Carvalho, Kevin Bowen, Thomas Ward, Basharat Sialvi Apr 16 '13 at 8:26

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  • with "class=Firefox" it works for me i.e. launching from the launcher or Dash firefox opens in whatever viewport you have configured. Do you need "& name=Navigator" ? – fossfreedom Mar 16 '12 at 23:45
  • Good that it works for you - here it makes no difference whether I add "& name=Navigator" or not. Thanks anyway. – Jakob Mar 16 '12 at 23:49
  • which version of ubuntu are you using - is this Unity 3D? – fossfreedom Mar 16 '12 at 23:51
  • 11.10 and yes, it is. – Jakob Mar 16 '12 at 23:54
  • Are you still looking for an answer to this? – Seth Apr 15 '13 at 2:59