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Questions tagged [window-manager]

A window manager is the software component responsible for the tracking and placement of windows within a graphical interface. Examples: Metacity, Compiz, KWin. If your question is about a specific window manager, add its tag.

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How to show only the active desktop's applications in the taskbar? (Lubuntu 18.10)

The default setting is to show all open applications in the taskbar regardless of active desktop. I wish to show only the windows in the active desktop in that desktop's taskbar. How do I show only ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 - do not close on 'close' button just minimize

Is it possible to remap the close button to minimize a window just like the minimize button does? I would like to keep all three buttons but prevent windows from closing. When the close button is ...
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How to make 'Always on Visible Workspace' for some applications permanent on Ubuntu 18.04 with GNOME [duplicate]

In KDE I could set windows from some applications to be 'Always on Visible Workspace' permanently after restarts. How do I do this to some applications like Slack in latest Ubuntu 18.04 with GNOME ...
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Is there any way to crop windows (not images) in Ubuntu?

Is there any way to crop windows (not images) in Ubuntu? (Background: I use "alt click" to move windows, and "alt right click" to quickly resize windows. Not default settings, these require tweaks.) ...
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Is it Possible to Start x-tile in Minimized Mode under Xubuntu 16.04?

I want to start X-tile 2.5 in minimized mode, just to have its minimized tile shaped button available when needed. I have created a starter containing the command x-tile w In doing so, a file /...
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tiling automically on linux

on windows 10, when a window snaps, window's window tiling manager brings up miniature windows of all unsnapped windows in that workspace to select from to fill the mirror snap position. I have ...
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Can only run XMonad

From GDM I'm offered: Ubuntu (Default) XMonad both end up launching XMonad. How do I get the Ubuntu default to launch Gnome (or the current default)? I'm not aware of any specific configuration ...
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How do I copy just the text inside double (") quotes and single (' apostrophe) quotes? (in xterm terminal)

If I have a string like "8383838" and I want just the digits part I can double click to get "8383838" but if I click randomly I sometimes get 8383838 without quotes. I'd like to know what I'm doing to ...
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How to change a window icon in Openbox?

I would like to change the window icon of an already existing application on Lubuntu. By window icon, I mean the one that appears in the window title bar, and in lxpanel. By existing application, I ...
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How can I control GTK Windows from the Terminal?

How can I select and perform actions on GTK Windows from the terminal? Specifically, I'd like close all windows whose title includes a certain string. Usually, I just use ps to find the relevant ...
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Gnome window management for non-visible displays

Background: My triple-head workstation backs onto a single-head treadmill desk. The treadmill display mirrors the primary monitor of the workstation. This is awesome -- I can switch from workstation ...
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Ubuntu 18.04: How to not move background window when window with focus is moved [duplicate]

I recently upgraded to 18.04 from 16.04. The process largely went without a hitch, however I have noticed a new annoying problem. If I have a program open that then opens another window, I cannot ...
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Awesome WM - How do you start the sound driver automatically?

When I start Awesome WM, it seems that I have to run Rhythm box first and then my sound card will start playing sound. Is it possible to fix it so that it does this automatically?
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Awesome WM - How do you set a hotkey to lock your system?

When using Awesome Window Manager, how do you set a hotkey to lock your system? I'd preferably like to use Win+L so that I can lock my screen when needed.
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Choose notification daemon having multiple window managers

I have Xubuntu 16.04 and multiple window managers installed. I'm migrating from Xfce to i3wm, but in the meantime I want to maintain both installed in my system. So I don't want to uninstall any ...
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How do I shrink a window that exceeds the boundaries of the display?

Using Pycharm on Ubuntu 18.04. The Find/Replace All screens are so large that I cannot see the buttons on the bottom (if there are any). How do I shrink this? The usual top bar or Minimize buttons ...
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WIndows appear off the top of the screen since upgrading to Ubuntu Mate 18.04.1

I've just upgraded from Ubuntu-Mate 16.04 to 18.04.1 When I boot and open any application, the window appears off the top of my screen, I open Mate-Tweak and in the window section it says I'm using ...
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Title bar buttons on both sides

Some people like title bar buttons on the right side and some on the left side. I can't decide. Is there any way, that I could have them on both sides? (and see myself what side I would use) This ...
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How do I enable snap window to corner in Ubuntu 18.04? [duplicate]

I've just upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 where Unity Tweaks had this dialog: (I would normally have the top and bottom "do nothing"'s set to "top" and "bottom" as well) Working with both large monitors ...
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Ubuntu 18 activate ctr+alt+num for window placement [closed]

It seems to be a recurring problem in ubuntu releases that the Ctrl+Alt+number for window placement gets deactivated Ubuntu 14 How to remap default unity window placement shortcuts Ubuntu 12 Why don&...
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Is there a way to adjust brightness for only a single window?

I need to make an app brighte. The app has no brightness adjustment and I would like make it appearance brighter, but I don't want to increase the brightness of the rest of the screen. How can I do ...
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How to disable GUI on boot in 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)?

It appears that sudo systemctl disable gdm3 && sudo systemctl disable gdm do not work in 18.04 to disable the windowing system at bootup. What's the method for doing this now?
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How do I get rid of the window tile of Firefox while retaining functionality? [duplicate]

Firefox uses space that I find redundant. I would prefer to have less space wasted by Firefox while keeping the window buttons. This has wasted space: This does not. How can I get it to look like ...
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installed i3, but no WindowManager choice present on login (Gdm / Ubuntu 18.04)

I have a default install of 18.04 desktop. I've installed i3, which succeeded, including creating /usr/share/xsessions/i3.desktop as in How do you add a new window manager to the gdm menu? On the ...
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Cannot tile the “Files” window to the left or right side by pressing Super + Left/Right keys very often

Environment: Hardware: A laptop and a standalone monitor connected; OS: Ubuntu 18.04 I'm very fond of the function to tile windows by side (https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/shell-windows-...
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How do I make the hardware power-off button show a menu/zenity message on fluxbox or other alternative window managers (16.04)?

When I press the hardware power button and the login screen (or unity) is running I get a nice "are you sure you want to shutdown" message. When I am running fluxbox, I get a software shutdown, but ...
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Purple screen after login when switching between normal ubuntu and i3wm

For a while now, my installation (on a Thinkpad P51) has been doing weird stuff. I think it might have started after I updated to 18.04 from 17.10, but I also vaguely recall having encountered a ...
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Can't replace Xfwm4 by Compiz

I'm on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on XFCE with Xfwm4 and I want to change Xfwm4 by Compiz but I can't. When I do compiz --replace, there is an error: compiz (core) - Info: Loading plugin: core compiz (core) - ...
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Window takes control of mouse

I'm not 100% sure if this is Ubuntu related issue or software related issue. I have LWJGL 2 Display window that completely takes control of the mouse. The only way I'm able to regain normal mouse ...
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Maximize window over two displays (Ubuntu 18.04)

I'm using two displays in portrait mode. When I'm using a diff tool (Meld in my case), I want to have the window spread over both displays, such that I see one file version on the left and the other ...
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Superkey-Left-Drag for “move Window” on Ubuntu 16.04?

At work I use 16.04 and at home 18.04. I am willing to learn the new shurtcut (Superkey-Left-Drag) for "move window". But switching between work and home confuses my until I upgrade at work. I want ...
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How to enable snapping windows?

When I drag a window to the size, I no longer get an option to snap it to the side and make its width be half of the screen. How can I restore that behaviour? Using Unity on Ubuntu 17.10.
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Is there a tiling extension that works on Mate?

Last year I was using Ubuntu GNOME, and one of the things I really liked about it was the extension gtile which makes it much easier to work on a 21:9 monitor. Is there an equivalent for Ubuntu MATE? ...
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Switching to i3 in 18.04

I installed i3 with sudo apt-get install i3. But if I try to launch it via terminal, it says another window manager is running. In older versions of Ubuntu, there was a round button at the login ...
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How to remove minimize, maximize, and close button in Ubuntu 18.04?

I recently installed Ubuntu 18.04. Previously in GNOME 3, the minimize, maximize, and close buttons never appeared on any of my applications, such as Chromium Browser and Emacs. These buttons annoy me ...
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Ubuntu tiled windows with linked visibility / size

I rely heavily on Ubuntu's feature of being able to tile a window to the left/right half of the screen, either by dragging or with the use of keyboard shortcuts. Recently, apparently Ubuntu shipped ...
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Windows-like behavior for resizing the border between snapped windows with Unity

I've been trying to find a way to replicate one of the most useful Windows snap features I use frequently. On Windows, when you drag the border of snapped windows, other snapped windows resize ...
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What is the current method to prevent applications from taking focus?

One thing that I can't stand in any operating system is apps that take and hold focus when you open them. For example, when I open Netbeans in Ubuntu 18.04, it has a small splash screen that opens ...
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Ubuntu wine drop-down menus issue

Environment: Ubuntu 18.04 kernel 4.15 Crossover 17.5.0-1 Wine 2.8 There is an issue when selecting any drop-down menu in wine applications. Drop-down menus doesn't to be appear. The issue ...
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Is there any software you know that helps for mouseless movement?

I am searching for a software that would help me use vim-like keys for moving around in the os without need for the mouse at all. There are couple tiling wms which are amazing but the problem is that ...
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How to select last active window across workspaces? [16.04 LTS] [duplicate]

I use workspaces with a great deal of windows! I have a problem: Be using a firefox tab, or terminal window. Change to password manager (on other workspace) by clicking launcher icon Copy password I ...
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Strange graphics issue after upgrading to 18.04 that affects only one user account

After upgrading from 17.10 to 18.04, I started experiencing a strange graphics issue: text and background in scrollable parts of some windows were getting "scrambled". I performed a fresh ...
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Ubuntu Bionic Beaver - How to modify Window Resize behavior on screen edges

I like to have my Windows resized to top half and bottom half when I drag it to their respective spot. The hotcorner actions used to be modifiable directly from the simple settings. Now, there's no ...
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GNOME 3.28 Games Stuttering

So I had this problem on GNOME 3.26 and 3.28 and spent a while trying to sort it. Games run fine frame-rate wise but when I move upwards or downwards they begin to lag. They work fine on Unity and any ...
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Taffybar hides behind windows

I'm using xmonad & taffybar for a while now, but after a reinstall of Ubuntu (now 18.04, before 17.10 updated from older releases), I do have a problem with the taffybar. It is showing correctly ...
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Xubuntu 16.04 xfce4-topmenu-plugin: half working [duplicate]

I have just installed this plugin and make it work following this tutorial. It is properly working with some apps but not with all. For example with Thunar file manager and wxMaxima it does what is ...
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Just upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04 and can't use compiz grid window resize commands?

I got used to splitting my application windows on monitor into 4 sides top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right with key combinations like Ctrl+Alt+Key3 and so on. It no longer works with Ubuntu ...
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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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Display maximised version of a window

I have a 2 monitor setup. I want to use one of them as a normal monitor with my opened programs in windows that I can resize, move, close... The second monitor should display a maximised version of ...
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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 ...