I'm running Kubuntu 14.04 and I'd like to have some apps to automatically be launched on all desktops and not only the current one.

As an example, I work on a dual screen and usually I have a Konsole open on my second screen, taking either the full screen, or half, or a quarter depending on what I'm doing. But almost always I want this Konsole to appear on all my four virtual desktops.

Another example would be the new Google Hangout for Chrome plugin with the latest Chrome (35.0) conversations are bound to the desktop you open them on, I constantly have to right click → Move to desktop → All desktops.

Is there a way to configure such apps to always run on all desktops ?

It seems that in the settings I could use the Window Behavior (personal translation, it may be called differently) panel to ensure that some app behave in a particular manner.

It could work for the Konsole example as the name of the window is consistently * - Konsole but for the Hangout one the window name is the person's full name. Any idea for this one ?


I don't use hangouts, so I can't comment on the specifics, but there are alternative ways to match windows in the "Special Window Settings" (in English). If you use the window's menu to access this dialogue, it should automatically populate these fields. You can try matching by window class or window role, if either has a generic enough match.

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If the window in question doesn't have the window decorations for you to access the menu and window settings, you can still access the popup menu by pressing Alt+F3 by default.

If this doesn't work, then you might have changed the key binding. You can check the keybinding at System Settings > Common Appearance and Behaviour > Shortcuts and Gestures > Global Keyboard Shortcuts > KWin > Window Operations Menu.

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  • Unfortunately Hangouts' windows do not have the window manager's menu. I cant seem to find a way to activate it for these windows. But thanks, it's good to know how to do it for more classic windows. Even if I activate the system window border in chrome. – Jérémie Parker Jun 24 '14 at 11:49
  • @JeremieParker Ah, right. I've added more information that should help. – Sparhawk Jun 24 '14 at 12:00
  • That did the trick, I was able to get the menu and the window, but the pre-populated identifying information is only the fullname of the contact which is not really helpful. See db.tt/1OAnA0BV which is the "Detect Window Property" result of the main Hangouts window. – Jérémie Parker Jun 24 '14 at 17:35
  • @JeremieParker It's odd that your window looks totally different to mine. Are you using the latest KDE? Also, I don't understand the language, but the title (Titre?) looks like it'd be consistent with different contacts? – Sparhawk Jun 25 '14 at 1:37
  • It's the window you get when you hit the "Detect Window Property" and click on the main hangout window. Unfortunately the window title for each contact is only their fullname. – Jérémie Parker Jun 25 '14 at 7:16

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