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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Freezing/unresponsive/non-rendering windows on window managers when opening other applications from them

I am having some issues with Windows or actually whole processes freezing, when another is started from them until that started process is closed again. meph@mephtow:~$ neofetch .-/+...
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ubuntu automatically switches between apps

I have the ubuntu 22.04 LTS version. My issue is that my distro automatically switches between apps. To make it more clear, when I'm working with VSCode and I get a notification on Microsoft teams or ...
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Gnome (dragging, application menu, dock etc.) being quite slow after update on ubuntu 22.04

I updated to Ubuntu 22.04 today and I noticed that anything related to gnome like window dragging, searching or scrolling through the activity windows, moving my mouse through the dock is quite slow ...
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Is it possible to do graphical tasks without a GUI?

My laptop is of limited resources and I want to have the most performance possible. I have noticed by running top that in idle mode 1.3 gigs of ram are consumed. The tasks that I need my laptop are ...
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How to maximize all windows from command line

To maximise all windows from the command line, it would be great if wmctrl could be used as easily in minimizing all windows. How do I can use it to do the reverse?
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How to create an top bar in ratpoison window manager?

I am running ratpoison window manager on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. I want to have an interactive bar at the top of my screen for things like wifi and volume control, but I can't any help on youtube or through ...
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How to change window atributtes in Wayland?

I want to write an script that sets the attributes of certain windows to 'always in top'. This command is supposed to work on X11: wmctrl -r "window title" -b add,above But it does not work ...
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Ubuntu Budgie: Is there a way to show a window in all workspaces?

In most desktop environments, you can set a window to be visible in all workspaces or virtual desktops. I can not find this option in Ubuntu Budgie: Is it possible? If not officially supported, are ...
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Problem hiding the window on the desktop

How can I lock a window as a desktop so that the windows are not hidden by tapping the desktop with the mouse? Before tapping on the desktop: enter image description here After: enter image ...
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Is there a WM that is more customizable than gnome but you do not need to configure from the scratch?

Last weekend I installed awesome WM and I really think this name is a fair one, this WM is really awesome. I liked how it felt efficient and customizable. I did not do anything special but I had the ...
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Can I use ubuntu only with a WM, without any DE so less resources are used

This guy in the video using gentoo and his system is using only 46mb RAM because he doesn't have any Desktop Environment, he is only using a Window Manager 'DWM'. I have a very old pc with just 2GB ...
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How to fix an app appearing twice in my application list

I have VLC appearing twice on my app list using Gnome desktop on Ubuntu 20.04.I had VLC installed but the app wouldn't launch whenever I tried to. I decided to reinstall VLC,then VLC started appearing ...
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how to make firefox's picture in picture window always on top?

Having the video on top of other windows is the point of Picture in Picture feature in Firefox and it is the default behavior in windows, but in Ubuntu, Firefox's picture in picture is not on top by ...
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Description of window properties modified by wmctrl

I found wmctrl allows for changing some "properties" of windows: wmctrl -r <WIN> -b ( add | remove | toggle),prop1 [,prop2 ] Add, remove, or toggle up to two window properties ...
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How can I create a split-screen terminal and window manager in VNC?

I am using a Digital Ocean virtual machine with Ubuntu Server 21.04. I would like to view its GUI through a VNC app on my phone. I would like the screen to be fit to the proportions of my phone’s ...
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Can't completely remove distro Regolith; alternative session is still available

I tried Regolith on my VM to play with i3. I liked this distro very much and wanted to install it on my main machine. I'm trying to remove it on my VM. I followed this official uninstallation guide: ...
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Problems with Qtile due to GNOME

I recently installed qtile according to the docs and when running qtile start I got the following message: not starting; existing window manager GNOME Shell Now, I digged a bit more and found this, ...
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How to monitor application events such as open, close, minimize in Ubuntu?

I would like to know if it is possible to monitor applications open/close/minimize events in Ubuntu. My initial goal is to monitor how many times I open telegram to check messages. PS: I am using ...
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is there some way to tell the window manager to block all input to any new window, or any kind of popup dialog for a few seconds?

(This is not about web browsing), this is about: system popups (I know only the one about: application not responding). Windows focus and input grabbing behavior. what is the worst thing we all (???)...
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Stuck on dell logo after systemctl set-default multiuser.target

I ran systemctl set-default multiuser.target so that I can use i3 without loading gnome. However, after rebooting, I never get to a terminal where I can login, start my session, etc. I am running 20....
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How to make .desktop file to open with its own icon in sidebar

I have created a .desktkop file to open GitHub using brave browser #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Name=GitHub GenericName=GitHub Comment=Github desktop app Exec=/opt/brave.com/brave/brave-...
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In XFCE panel, is there any way to distinguish terminals that are waiting for input from ones that are running a process?

I might not have the terminology perfect. In my XFCE panel on Ubuntu Studio 20.04 I have a "Window Buttons" area, much like a Taskbar in MS Windows. The visual real estate quickly gets used ...
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Ubuntu window not working, see screen shot

When I log in to Ubuntu, I cannot click anywhere on any window. I see only close icon on top left: How can I fix this?
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How to determine whether a process is running or not in the current workspace to make a conditional shell script?

This is more like a follow up of this thread here. I'm using i3-tiling window manager and I'm trying to figure out if a Firefox instance is running IN A SPECIFIC WORKSPACE or not. Now, pgrep -x ...
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How to tell Compiz not to manage/manipulate a specifc Window ID

I have a window I move from one monitor to another in steps. The Compiz "Place Window" plug-in intercepts the movements and initially stops it from moving to the next monitor. Then it jumps ...
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How to create a full desktop based on a tiling wm?

I want to install a tiling wm like Xmonad based on a minimal installation with Ubuntu mini.iso. I've already done this. But I miss a lot of features like multimedia keys (volume), power management (...
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I need some help (my display manager doesn't exist rn)

i tried to install bspwm, which I didn't like, so I tried changing the WM in GDM, which somehow didn't work, and didn't let me change back to my old window manager (Mutter). Well, anyways, I tried to ...
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Cannot log in after installing OpenBSD cwm window manager on Ubuntu 20.04

I installed the OpenBSD cwm window manager and now it is not letting me log in. What can I do?
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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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gnome term shows no boundary frame(or bezel?) in left, right and bottom side [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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 [duplicate]

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 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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