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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Window control buttons appearing on the status bar

I have the icons appear in the status bar. They appear even when there is no window open and do nothing when clicked. It started happening after upgrading to 20.04. How can I remove these icons?
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How to get rid of graphical streaks on WSL1 and X11 server?

I have a WSL1 app in my Windows10 on my laptop. I installed VcXsrv and I launch it and I manually specify the Display Number to be 0 . I do: $export DISPLAY=:0 in the WSL1 bash. I installed the xfce4 ...
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gnome term shows no boundary frame(or bezel?) in left, right and bottom side

I'm on ubuntu 20.04 and using gnome. The terminal (the one made with Ctrl-Alt-T) has no edge frame bezel area on the left, right and bottom, so sometimes it's confusing when it's overlapping with ...
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control what applications go on screen

For a project, I need to be able to decide what applications appear on the screen. I want it to be controllable with basic console commands I could run from a program. I will only be showing one full-...
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How to set Alt+mouse drag to move the window and Ctrl+mouse to resize the window unity (fresh install of 20.04)

I fresh installed ubuntu 20.04 today and found the alt+mouse drag for move and ctrl+mouse drag for resize doesn't work. How can I turn the function on? (I don't know why ubuntu people didn't set it ...
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Stop X window manger

I have standard Ubuntu 20.04 installation with default desktop manager. I would like to stop X windows. What command I should run in order to achieve that?
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regolith/i3 startup after login

I using regolith as my window manager under ubuntu 20.04. I am trying to understand how a window-manager (especially regolith/i3-gaps) starts after clicking on the login button. What changes when I ...
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KDE: Task switcher does not show thumbnails

I have upgraded 2 laptops to Ubuntu 20.04. On laptop A I can choose the KDE Task Switcher 'Grid' (which works perfectly). I cannot choose that on laptop B. I can install 'Thumbnail Grid' but that does ...
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Xfce: Tile window to left/right does not work for system windows

In XFCE (4.14), tiling windows with custom shortcuts works as expected for application windows These shortcuts do not work at all for system windows : Display, Keyboard, Window Manager. Am I missing ...
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Uninstalling Qtile window manager

I am on Ubuntu 20.04 I am unable to uninstall the qtile window manager. I am trying to uninstall it because I want to re-install it. I am new to Ubuntu/Linux and if there is any information that is ...
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Any Windows Manager Controler libraries for Python/C/C++?

I was wondering if there are any libraries for Python, C or C++ that help you interface with your window manager/x-windows? I am currently using os.subprocess and feeding it wmctrl bash commands and ...
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Can't start AwesomeWM from Ubuntu Maté 20.10

I have installed Awesome WM on my Ubuntu Maté 20.10 setup today. When I log out and select Awesome inside the login screen of LightDM, Maté gets loaded instead of Awesome. When I do some research on ...
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How to auto un-maximize all windows for all applications?

I would like all of my windows to open in "cascade" or "un-maximize" mode. Seemingly randomly, the VLC window, document viewer, image viewer, and others will open and take up my ...
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My window manager runs quite slowly

I've noticed that my OS is running a bit slow in the GUI, when I run programs they are just fine. Someone told me I should use a different window manager, but that person did not follow up on how to ...
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Is there a way to “unminimize” a window from the terminal? [duplicate]

I'm making a small GUI extension, one of the things with which it struggles however are minimized windows (I do a lot of window moving via wmctrl). I heard that it is impossible to minimize windows ...
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Why is the window manager showing faded things after they're removed? [closed]

I upgraded from bionic to focal today. Since then whenever a visual element is dismissed, it hangs around in slightly transparent form until the next event. This even applies to text in the terminal! ...
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Xubuntu 20.4 LTS no window decorations, no keyboard, no mouse

Suddenly my Xubuntu 20.04 installation went wrong: it boots, but it does not react to keyboard and the mouse pointer is not shown. The taskbar and the start button is visible. With ctr+esc I can ...
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How do I move a window across screens using the same keyboard shortcut for “half-screen”?

In my current setup when I press Super+Left the window I'm on snaps to the left, but let's say I want to move it across my current screen to jump another screen to the left, if I press Super+Left ...
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Why is the window manager context menu not visible on other than client side decorated windows?

I use the windows manager context menu a lot. It's the Minimize/Maximise/Move/Resize/Always on Top etc. context menu. Lately, not sure when it happened, I only get that context menu on applications ...
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Alternate DE for Gnome, but there is a criteria [closed]

Only thing I like about gnome is that like Android, I cam switch between programs by moving my mouse pointer to the top left corner. I think its the mutter WM. Other than that, gnome is too heavy on ...
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Adding Additional key bindings on xmonad

Hi I am trying to add additional key bindings to the xmonad config. I am using following main function, main = do xproc <- spawnPipe "xmobar -x 0 ~/.config/xmobar/xmobarrc" xmonad $ ...
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i3 WM desktop assignment to specific monitor

I have a laptop that I often use an external monitor with. I'd like to assign workspaces 1-5 to the external monitor and workspaces 6-10 to the built-in display. It looks like I need to determine ...
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Principal user's graphical environment is fine, others can only get a single monitor session at 640x480

I have a workstation running Ubuntu 18.04.5 with an NVidia Quadro FX 3800 graphics card and the nvidia-340 proprietary driver, the recommended version according to ubuntu-drivers devices. This works ...
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How to fix: “image-loading” error?

I am using Ubuntu 20.04 with the windows manager xmonad, I followed step by step from this tutorial but now when I do nitrogen in my terminal. ERR: Could not load "image-loading" from icon ...
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How can I increase DPI in Wayland(swaywm)?

I recently switched to wayland from X. I was using bspwm there and my laptop's screen is size 14inch. I calculated the dpi and it was 137 in bspwm I added DPI in xresources file and that worked fine. ...
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Does Ubuntu or Xubuntu have a toggle window borders option?

I am using Kubuntu 20.04. My favourite feature of it, is that I was able to map a keyboard shortcut to toggle the window borders / controls of a particular window. Now I am looking at switching to ...
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What are the window managers that do VSync?

The only reason that keeps me on the default Gnome 3 desktop on Ubuntu, is VSync. I would like to use Gnome Flashback, but unfortunately, Metacity doesn't do VSync. Compiz does, but I don't find it ...
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Relation between desktop environment, windowing system and GUI libraries

I'm trying to understand the relationship between desktop environments (e.g. KDE, Cinnamon, GNOME), windowing systems (X, Wayland) and GUI libraries (Qt, GTK). Here are some things I think I ...
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Use ALT + <F7> to move a window quickly

Pressing the ALT + <F7> key combination lets you move a window around the screen using the arrow keys, but this is done just 1 row/column at a time. Is there a way to move the window by 6/7 rows/...
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How to prevent windows from being translucent when switching with alt-tab in KDE?

I'm using KDE dektop and a 'compact' task switcher. When I'm cycling through the windows to choose which to switch to with Alt+Tab (while holding Alt), all windows apart from the selected one become ...
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How to configure i3 on Kubuntu 20.10

I'm new (and a newbie) to the window managers world. I have Kubuntu 20.10 installed, and I'd like to understand how to setup, use and control i3 wm, with kde and Polybar. I tried following a guide ...
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How to fix black screen in Ubuntu?

Seems like I messed up my bspwm installation and now , all my screen shows is a black screen. To fix this , I assume , I only need to delete the .xsessionrc file in my home directory that tells ubuntu ...
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How to login to a session in Ubuntu 20.04?

I am trying to install bspwm by following this . Now after installing bspwm , I have to put exec bspwm in my .xsessions file. But I have only bspwm.desktop and ubuntu.desktop under ~/usr/share/...
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How to set an application to a negative y position on Ubuntu, using Python?

I am creating an application manager using Python, and I can get the applications to open in full screen, starting at x=0, y=0, using EWMH, Popen, and setMoveResizeWindow. What I am wanting to do is ...
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How do I disable global keyboard shortcuts for a specific application?

I'm using Kubuntu 20.04 (KDE), but it would also be helpful to know how to do this on other official Ubuntu flavors. On KDE, ALT+L Mouse and ALT+R Mouse are global keyboard shortcuts to move and ...
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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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Ubuntu 18.04 Mate over VNC, ALT+TAB only switches between two recent windows and toggles the window switcher on and off

I saw a similar question for 16.04 MATE that was asked a couple of years ago, but the solution provided didn't address the problem. Regardless, I did try it anyway, but to no avail... I am connected ...
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Problem with the look of notification on xfce4

I played with i3 and bspwm tile managers, and after I uninstalled them, all my notifications looks like this: I'm running Xubuntu. I tried to reinstall xfce4-notifyd, but they look the same. Any help ...
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How to launch specific programs on particular workspaces at i3 startup without assign?

My workspace 1 is named in the i3 config file as set $ws1 "1: Browser " I have set up execution of Firefox at startup and assigned it to ws1 in the config file as: # Startup appplication ...
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Compiz grid stopped supporting anything but half screens

I used to be able to use Compiz to tile windows in quadrants or halves of the screen. It has been a long while since that worked but it finally started to bug me enough that I'd like to troubleshoot ...
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Always on Top, Window Manager Context Menu

I have to hit Alt-Space to bring up the window manager menu that allows "always on top". Is this menu not accessible from the Window Decoration? There's no way to access it with the mouse? I'...
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Get xprop class of gnome-screenshot

I'm using a window manager and compositor in Ubuntu. I have blur enabled for transparent windows, which means that when I take a screenshot with gnome-screenshot, the content I'm trying to take a ...
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Menus in intellij don't always appear

I'm using Ubuntu 20.04 with the default gnome desktop. When I use intellij, I notice that sometimes the submenus (menus in File, Edit, View, ...) don't appear when I mouse over them. For example, if I ...
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how to select xubuntu-desktop?

Having installed xubuntu-desktop how do I now select it for use? I'm not seeing an option to select: I'm running 20.04, so perhaps it's different from the above image. Everything seems exactly the ...
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does installing xubuntu-desktop cause instability?

After a clean install of 20.04 to older hardware I installed both xfce4 and xubuntu-desktop and then removed ubuntu-desktop. Will this cause instability?
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Qtile won't launch

I'm using Ubuntu 20.04 and I was thinking about trying a window manager for programming and daily use. I'm actually not a computer expert but I'm starting to learn the basics of a few programming ...
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Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard (Xubuntu)

I followed Quickly place a window to another screen using only the keyboard to be able to shift my windows through different screens but nothing seems to happen. Is there anything else necessary to ...
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DWM always opens new windows on primary display

I am running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on my machine but instead of the gnome shell I am using dwm (dwm.suckless.org) as my window-manager. I am running this window manager on three machines now (Ubuntu, ...
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Ardour5 (or Ardour6) do not display any GUI windows

Either running from terminal or from menu. ardour windows do not appear I've tried ardour5 and ardour6 (built from source) Yet, if I create a new account it seems to work fine. I've removed all of $...
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Removing desktop environment in favor of windows manager

I am hoping to boost my boot time by getting rid of my desktop environment/ I am running a single (full-screen) python based application, and doing nothing else with this computer. I'm hoping to get ...

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