Recently I noticed all the new windows are popping up in the top left. This is annoying because the top bar blocks the title bar of the new window. See screenshot of Tunesviewer with Firefox, Tunesviewer can't be moved without alt-drag trick.

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Yeah by-default Ubuntu opens it in the top-left corner of the desktop. You can open it in the centre by doing the following:

  1. Install CompizConfig Settings Manager from the Ubuntu Software center if the application is not in your system. You could also install it from the terminal by typing:

    sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-plugins
  2. Press Alt+F2 and type ccsm into the box, press Enter to run this program. (You may receive a warning to use this advanced tool with care.)

  3. Select "Windows Management" from the left panel.

  4. Click "Place Windows".

  5. Change Placement Mode from "Smart" to "Centered", click "Back" and "Close".

Ideally, the window manager in Ubuntu should restore the last known position of an application window, but it does not do that unless an application remembers its own window position. (See reported bugs)

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    That is not default, I had unchecked it in compizconfig. Thanks :)
    – NoBugs
    Dec 27, 2012 at 6:26
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    Don't forget to enable "Place Windows" Nov 21, 2016 at 19:01
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    Does not work now, some packages are not found. :(
    – Faheem
    Nov 22, 2018 at 15:28
  • @Faheem , how about you try this solution: askubuntu.com/a/858960/309223
    – geras
    May 14, 2019 at 10:20
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    Thanks, @geras. I used the same solution to fix the issue, 6 months ago. :P
    – Faheem
    May 14, 2019 at 16:20

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