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Window management is the placement of application windows.

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Can we tell a program to always put the window in the same place?

Is there a way to have Ubuntu remember where I put a particular program window? I see that this was asked several times a decade ago, but I cannot find this answered since 2012 here, at which time ...
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How to exchange the contents of two screens

I use two monitors: one directly in front of me and one on the right. It happens frequently that I want to move the entire content of the right screen to the center screen and vice versa. The best ...
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What process could be grabbing alt-tab?

I'm running KDE on Focal and had to reboot a few days ago. The normal thing for alt-tab to do is show a list of the windows on this workspace on the left side of the screen and cycle through them. Now,...
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Keeping windows in the foreground while operating on others? (i.e., not changing windows' focus)

Is there a way of keeping in the foreground windows while I operating on others? I am using now XUbuntu. However, I am interested also in canonical Ubuntu. The trick was working on XUbuntu 16.04 (One ...
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Place the mouse pointer on a specific monitor on startup?

Lubuntu 18.04 with 3 monitors on an nVidia graphics card: The desk, however, only has 2 physical screens. The left and center monitors are connected normally - 1 port to 1 cord to 1 screen - but the ...
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Set Maximum Size for Maximized Windows

Is there a way to set the maximum allowed size for maximized windows? Let me explain, I wish that the maximized windows do not cover the entire desktop, but I can set a margin or area to leave a part ...
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How do I increase the width of the resizing area in Ubuntu 20.04?

It is very hard to resize a window in Ubuntu 20.04. The resizing UI widget has to be precisely placed (< 5 pixels). The answer to How do I increase the resize margin on windows? does not work for ...
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How can I move application windows with shortcut keys to the four quadrants of the screen in Ubuntu Mate 20?

I just installed Ubuntu 20 with the Mate desktop environment. As I have a 4K monitor, I'd like to move application windows quickly using shortcut keys so that four application windows occupy the four ...
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Ubuntu 18.04: Unlock windows in GNOME (minimize togther) with ShellTile extension

I am using Ubuntu 18.04 with the ShellTile GNOME extension. My windows seem to be glued together. So when I minimize, say my chrome browser, the other window, say a terminal window, gets minimized as ...
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why ubuntu desktop showing nothing when vnc?

I was able to ssh to my ubuntu and started vnc server, then vnc to it form my mac but this is what I found see the screenshot. I do not see any desktop , when I mouse over a cross sign cursor appears ...
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window manager independent window resizing

Recently, I came in contact with screen resizing on windows 7, and I find it very nice. It works like so: monitor 1 monitor 2 ------------------------- --------------------...
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Prevent Ubuntu from opening a new Firefox window on every click

I'm using XFCE on 18.04 but this seems to be applicable to all desktop environments. Most (bigger) applications (try for example with Thunderbird) behave like this: If there is already an application ...
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How do you centre windows using a keyboard shortcut?

I found some people talking about Compiz Config but I'm still really confused. I want to use super+control+z to centre a window. I don't want them to be resized or anything. Just centred.
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Can I turn off window snapping in GNOME 3?

I want to avoid my windows snapping to the edge of my screen when resizing and moving, but it doesn't seem to work. I am running GNOME 3.28.2 on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. I see no options for snapping when ...
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Resize an installation window

I am using a virtual machine to use Ubuntu to download a program. However, the default installation window of the program is too big, the Next button is off the screen. I can only make the window ...
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Applications are launched too far left on the screen [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64bit running on a Toshiba laptop. About a week ago, some applications, e.g. Firefox, Aisle Riot Solitaire, KPatience, XTide tide predictor etc. when launched have the top ...
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How can I assign a program/window to a workspace any time I start it - GNOME 18.04? [duplicate]

On Unity I had Compiz Config. It was responsible for my workspace grid, and with it I could make specific type of window appear in specific workspace. So terminator was always on row 2 column 4, ...
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Gnome: separate windows, even if they are for the same application

NB: I am not looking for how to switch between windows of the same application. Alt+Tab is great for that. I often have two browser windows open at once (because they are for distinct profiles). I ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 configure vlc always on top

Ubuntu 18.04 with Cinnamon desktop. VLC option View / Always on top doesn't work. Right click on window title + Always on Top does work, but only for the current video The first item is likely due ...
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Stop or break window snapping to left or right with another window

When I have a window on the left, using Windows+← and I use my mouse or keyboard to snap another window to the right it joins the two windows at the centre. Now moving the centre resizes both ...
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Toggle terminal between minimized and restore with hotkey

I'm recently coming from Windows, and I loved ConEmu - specifically the feature that I could switch between minimized / restored with a simple hotkey. I'm using Tilix on 18.04, and I like Tilix, ...
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How to disable the Super Key? (18.04+) [duplicate]

I want to disable the Super key, when I press Super nothing should happen. I want to retain other shortcuts such as Super+Left though. How can I do that? (Same question from 2012, none of the ...
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Can I switch between all open windows? [duplicate]

This is one feature I miss it on Win10, if I have 3 open chrome windows or file managers, can I use Alt+Tab to switch between them?
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How move window to left/right workspace

OS: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS DE: Gnome 3.28.1 I switch from Unity to Gnome with new LTS Ubuntu. In "old-new" GUI, i found that by default we don't have horizontal workspaces, and must move between ...
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Search for window title?

I wish a method (i.e. a window manager or an addon), which allows me to search for a window by title inside a list of opened windows, to switch to that window directly, instead of desperately seeking ...
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How to remember a window position in gnome shell

I'd like every window in gnome shell to open in the state and position used when I closed them, or at least, if that's not possible, to let me configure how they should open. I noticed that some ...
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How to show the window title when switching windows in GNOME 3

An upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 caused a change from Unity to GNOME 3 which means there are some things to customize. I would like to have the window switching binding (by default this is Super+Tab and Alt+...
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X Windows on Ubuntu 16.04 command-line resize infinite loops sometimes?

Background I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop edition and I'm having trouble resizing windows from command-line commands. I recently switched to Fluxbox as my windowing manager and have had a strong ...
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Ubuntu/Gnome 17.10: maximze window top/bottom shortcut

The new Gnome settings do not have keyboard shortcut for maximizing the window top/bottom. Is there any way around this?
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How do I move child windows without moving or minimizing parent in GNOME 3?

I have Ubuntu 17.10 with GNOME 3. What happens: I have (for example) LibreOffice Calc open, with some data columns in it. I highlight the columns I want to chart, then I select INSERT > CHART. The ...
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How do I make browser window always-on-top (or bottom) whenever I open the broswer? [duplicate]

(Actually I want it to be always-on-bottom, but "on-top" is a more common search term). I know that I can use wmctrl -r "Mozilla Firefox" -b toggle,below to set the browser window to be always-...
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Can I minimize application windows to a taskbar in GNOME 3?

Is there a way to drop windows down into a taskbar in GNOME, then later restore them by clicking on the entry in the bar? The Windows operating system, as well as some desktop environments in Ubuntu, ...
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Is it possible to control window positioning using keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu?

In Lubuntu, it is possible to control window positioning on the desktop using keyboard shortcuts, as follows: Windows + ← - window occupies left half of the desktop Windows + → - window occupies ...
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How can window snap be enabled in Openbox?

I would like to have window snap behaviour in Openbox. For me, this would mean that dragging a window to the edge of the display using the mouse would change the size of the window such that it is ...
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How to organise tabs in the Xfce Panel by workspace?

I am constantly using multiple workspaces for different types of programs and I would like to have them all visible on my Xfce Panel. The "tasklist" plugin has the option to show open tabs from all ...
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How do I remove the gap around maximized Emacs frame on KDE?

I am using Emacs on Kubuntu. On startup, I maximize my Emacs frame with this command in my init.el: (custom-set-variables ... '(initial-frame-alist (quote ((fullscreen . maximized))))) This works, ...
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Installing AntiX's WMs on Ubuntu 16.04

I am not able to find an answer to this question, so I hope somebody will help me out. I currently use Ubuntu-Mate 16.04 LTS and love it. I have it set up perfectly to fit my needs. I also ...
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gnome-terminal instance with its own name and Alt+Tab entry

Say I have 3 terminal windows open: 1) With vim running, 2) with top running, and 3) with nothing running. Now, if I Alt+Tab through my windows, they are all 3 instances of gnome-terminal, thus they ...
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Use the same keyboard shortcuts across all window managers? (RIP bbkeys)

By configuring and running bbkeys I was able to define all my favourite keyboard shortcuts for manipulating windows and starting applications in one place, and then use them from any window manager. (...
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Move windows to specific screens using the command line

This is similar to Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard , but I want to be able to use the command line (so that all I need to do is to recall the command line from the ...
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Advanced window placement

TLDR I'm looking for a ubuntu replacement of windowpad I know window placement can be defined with Ctrl-Alt-Numpad# and Ctrl-Super-arrow But those are not sufficent. I do have CompizConfig > Cycle ...
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Is there a script (or software) to open an application window on a specific viewport and position?

So, I have 8 virtual Desktops in Unity (with Compiz) because I have many projects I'm working on simultaneously. Problem is, every time I need to reboot or accidentally close Chrome (which ...
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Sound Settings window too wide

In the picture you can see that the sound settings window is absurdly wide. There is one sound output device that plays to all connected devices, and it's name is very long, as it lists all of the ...
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Enable compiz hot corners in second display

I have CompizConfig installed on Ubuntu 14.04 with the Unity desktop. I wanted to configure a hot corner so that when my mouse hovered on the top right corner of my screen it would trigger what I ...
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Make Scale / Window Picker preserve relative window positions?

When I use the Scale feature in Ubuntu 14.04, the miniature versions of the windows are not in the same relative positions on the screen as the actual windows. Suppose, for example, that I have 2 ...
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How can I disable the automatic edge flip when dragging a window to the left/right edge?

In Xubuntu, when using only one desktop, dragging windows to the left/right edge scales the windows to the left/right half of the desktop. However, when using multiple desktops this does not work ...
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Mac style application shortcut in KDE (focus existing instance or launch new one)?

In osx you can set a shortcut keybinding for any app (using Better Touch Tool), and when you press that key, if the app is not open, it will be opened, otherwise it will be brought in the front. I am ...
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Tiling windows horizontally and vertically under Lubuntu (LXDE/Openbox)?

Is there any way I can tile two windows horizontally (⬒) or vertically (◧ ) under Lubuntu/LXDE/Openbox? Maybe via a keyboard shortcut or panel button?
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Find out the application under the mouse

It often happens to me, that an application pops up a question and I wonder to which exact application this window belongs, because if I look in the Launcher there is no application that currently has ...
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How can I start a program minimised, and restore maximised?

There are various options to start a program minimised, or to start a program maximised and they work well, but I'm always looking for new challenges. If I start a program minimised using the Devil's ...
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