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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What are the 1x1 pixel windows are for?

In the output of xwininfo -root -tree, I observe a 1x1 window accompanying almost any other "normal" window. Like this: What are these windows for? Is there a way to obtain XID of such ...
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Login loop when changing between window mangers

I've recently installed KDE window manager - KWin to on my Ubuntu 18.04. When I login using the default window manager (Ubuntu) everything works. If I log out and into the Plasma (aka KWin) this will ...
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Can I use sxhkd to bind to keycodes?

Is there a way to bind hotkeys in sxhkd using the keycodes, rather than the keysyms?
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New browsers windows are always full screen [duplicate]

I have the feeling I am missing something obvious, but if I knew I wouldn't be asking ... every time I create a new browser window in Firefox on Ubuntu 20.04, the window size of the new window fills ...
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new windows position on dual monitor setup ubuntu 20.04

is there any shell-extension or something that can force new windows to open on the monitor where the mouse pointer is in a dual monitor setup? even if it is a new instance of an open app like a new ...
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How to make Openbox to use my custom config file?

I'd like to use several custom keybindings to handle windows more effectively. So I copied the rc.xml from /etc/xdg/openbox/ to ~/.config/openbox/ and edited the relevant (<keyboard>) section of ...
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xmonad startup hook not running

I'm switching from i3 to xmonad on Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS and hitting a weird problem. Upon logging in xmonad appears to start without a problem, but closing a window with mod-shift-c reveals a problem. ...
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how to use DWM and patch it in Ubuntu 20.04 gnome?

I have a clean installation of pop os 20.04 and want to try out suckless software, specially dwm. I have done sudo apt install dwm suckless-tools stterm surf and it worked. I now have the option at ...
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I compiled herbstluftwm via its git repo but I can't see it in lightdm?

Everything went successful. git clone https://github.com/herbstluftwm/herbstluftwm cd herbstluftwm mkdir -p build; cd build cmake .. make sudo make install
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How to have auto windows tiling in ubuntu20 similar to popOS 20

I saw the new auto tiling feature in popos 20.04 it looks amazing, how can we have same thing ported to ubuntu 20 ? I searched and found about i3 wm but didnt fit my need
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What does, “gis ”f38498f8-1663-4f2d-b17c-e50aefa2c1c9 @!0,0;BDH“ is ready” means? Ever since I upgraded to 20.04, I am seeing this message

Whenever I boot 20.04, I see this window for like a few seconds. I wonder what it is? It disappears after some time. Sometimes this window closes itself last longer than expected; up to like 30 ...
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Is it possible that LightDM is broken?

I run Xubuntu 18.04, and I used to run LightDM as my desktop manager. Recently, though, it has stopped working. I log in, and it just refuses to load. I suspect this is because it never starts in the ...
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What is the difference between always-on-top and toggle-above dconf variables on GNOME 3?

In Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver with GNOME 3 org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings is the path to manipulate default window management dconf variables. Inside this path we can find always-on-top and toggle-...
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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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Windows are incorrectly grouped under applications

Sometimes my Windows are incorrectly associated to an application group. For example when I use the application switcher (Alt-Tab) I end up wondering where my chrome browser windows are, only to end ...
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Unexpected scrolling behavior after imwheel configuration

I am using the imwheel program to change the default scrolling speed on Firefox when using i3. Below is my configuration (where "Navigator" is the output of an xprop command, found here, when clicking ...
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Scroll through opened windows & apps with mouse button and scroll wheel

I have my Logitech G502 mouse with many extra buttons so I wish to be able to hold down a mouse button, use scroll wheel to go through opened windows, release mouse button to select it. The close ...
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What are Window Managers, Desktop Managers, Desktop Environments, Login Managers? Which one do you need and Why? [duplicate]

What are Window Managers, Desktop Managers, Desktop Environments? Which one do you need and Why?
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Xfce keyboard shortcut to unmaximize window

I have been trying to set up my newly installed xubuntu 18.04 the same way I have been using gnome desktop, and I'm struggling to find a way to have my keyboard shortcut for unmaximizing windows set. ...
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How coupled is Mutter to Gnome Shell in Gnome3?

I recently changed my Ubuntu 18.04 window manager from Mutter (Gnome Shell) to i3-gaps. Some of the unexpected things that happened: polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1 doesn't automatically start ...
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On Kubuntu 19.10, double clicking a window title bar doesn't switch it between maximied and restore states

When I double-click on the title bar of any window, nothing happens. I notice that on the first click I get the Move pointer, and if enabled I get the geometry displays. Double-click works fine ...
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Window not visible, New maximized window are moved to new workspace but not drawn Ubuntu 19.10

I am working on an extension for moving workspace, https://github.com/raonetwo/MaximizeToWorkspace. For the windows that start maximized, the workspace switching is happening as expected. The new ...
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Use numpad to move+resize windows? [duplicate]

In my 16.10 I could use ctrl+alt+numpad to put a window into any half or quarter of the screen. Now that I've just wiped and installed 19.10 this no longer works :-( I want to use a modifier keyboard ...
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Xfce - Xfwm4 - how to edit settings for window shadow?

Xfwm4 has some gray shadows I guess, but I would like to increase their visibility so that window margins are more clear on dark background. I use a dark GTK theme, and especially on dark background ...
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Window-management shortcuts: only numpad key 4 does not work with Ctrl+Alt

Working with a laptop and Unity as a display manager. maximize windows to the sides only According to the Unity guide at https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/shell-windows-tiled.html I can ...
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Can't horizontally split the screen with GNOME 3

I'm using GNOME 3.28.2 on Ubuntu 18.04.4. With the keyboard shortcuts "Special" + "Left Arrow", I can move the current window to the left, and resize it to half the screen; with "Right Arrow", the ...
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i3status memory configuration information doesn't match values in gnome-system-monitor

I have recently installed i3 in Ubuntu 18.04, and I have started configuring the status bar at the bottom of the screen. To do this, I copied the file /etc/i3status.conf to ~/.config/i3status/ and ...
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Selective execution of .xinitrc for different DEs/WMs?

I recently finished my GNOME customisation and always have i3 on my machine because I like having the option to use it. I recently hit a roadblock when I realised if I put in a .xinitrc file to set my ...
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after a crash, I did `sudo systemctl restart gdm3` but I then get a black screen every time I click “live session user”

I had ubuntu live on usb, crash.. it wouldn't start up a terminal even(the normal way, clicking the terminal icon or opening it from the GUI). So I googled and checked this link https://www....
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Programs are grouped with the program that launched them. How can I change that?

This morning, I launched Slack from the program list. Once it was up and running, I clicked a link therein, which launched Firefox. In fact, it launched four Firefox windows, each with many tabs, ...
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Can't install anything after unsuccessful upgrade from ubuntu 16 to 18

I upgraded from ubuntu 16 to 18. After restarting the Window Manager hadn't been loaded, I mean I can't see the window panel and all windows titles. To fix it I tryed: sudo apt install lightdma ...
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Gnome grouping of windows for minimization and focus

I run Ubuntu 19.10 with Gnome. I recently switched to a 4K monitor. With the extra real estate, I've been putting windows into corners and on left and right halves. Invariably, Gnome decides that some ...
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Why does Ubuntu not allow keyboard shortcuts for snapping windows horizontally?

In 19.10, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Mate and Xubuntu all have the ability to make a window occupy the upper half or the lower half of the screen using Meta+Up and Meta+Down respectively. But Ubuntu 19....
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Shortcuts to resize windows

I've just installed Ubuntu 18.04 and I'm wondering if there's a way to set shortcuts for commonly/frequently used resizing and positioning of the windows. My other laptop is a Macbook and I use ...
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fix ubuntu-software width

The ubuntu-software window is ~2x the width of my (2550x1440) screen, and the UI will only let me make it bigger. I tried > wmctrl -r "Ubuntu Software" -e 0,10,10,100,100 which moved the window ...
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Can a window manager force full-screen window for a program that lacks this option by itself?

I like the way Foxit Reader can change the color of both pdf text background and font; I have books in pdf format that I need to read on the laptop and I want to control the colors of text area. (I ...
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How can one get executable file-path for a window which is launched as FlatPak application?

I know that xprop | awk '/PID/ {print $3}' | xargs ps and xprop | awk '/COMMAND/ {print $4}' | xargs which work great with GUI applications which are deb-packaged, AppImage'd or Snap'd. But this ...
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How to increase the size of apps interface

I'm completely new to linux & Ubuntu so sorry if this seems trivial. I noticed that within some apps like Spotify, the interface is tiny compared to the size of the window (see image). So I ...
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Does Lubuntu 19.10 provide “Auto-resizing and snapping windows”?

On Ubuntu there is a nice feature that allows windows to auto-resize (for example to half-screen width) and be "magnetized" to the corners of the screen. Lubuntu on the other hand does not appear to ...
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Why does Kubuntu love my secondary display so much?

I'm sorry that this question is not more concrete, but it describes the issue very well. I've installed Kubuntu and although I have set up my two displays correctly and defined my primary display, ...
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Windows + Space no longer working in spectrwm since Eoan Ermine 19.10

Since the last upgrade to Eoan Ermine (19.10), I can no longer use the "Windows-Key + Spacebar" shortcut to change the stacking layout in the spectrwm window manager. I guess that Ubuntu is capturing ...
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Move/resize window on any part by modifier+touchpad (not clicking, just tapping)

Does any window manager have the capability of moving/resizing a window by using Modifier + Touchpad, by tapping (not clicking) at any part of the window? I know, that a most window managers are ...
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Are there any window managers for Gnome that can remember where my windows should be in different layouts?

I have an Ubuntu laptop that I often have connected to a large (3440x1440) monitor via HDMI. But, being a laptop, I naturally unplug from the external monitor quite a lot. And other times I connect ...
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How to disable Alt+LeftMouseButton dragging in KDE?

How to disable Alt-LeftMouseButton dragging in KDE? Setting Window Management / Window Behavior / Window Actions / Inner Windows, Titlebars & Frame / Left Button to "Nothing" doesn't help. What ...
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How can I prevent misplaced new windows -top bar is hiding- in a multi-monitor setup?

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 desktop and the default Image Viewer software. There's a strange and really frustrating case when I open an image(s) with a specific size(960x960 for today), the window will ...
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Lubuntu 19.10 & 20.04: How to tile windows? The window tiling section is missing in lxqt-rc.xml

Lubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 (LTS) use Openbox as the window manager. For Lubuntu 18.04 and 19.04, the file that allowed users to edit various Openbox settings, lubuntu-rc.xml and lxqt-rc.xml, ...
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How to get Franz messaging app start minimized and with window along the right edge of the screen?

Franz is probably the best in its class, but it has one UI flaw (starts in a small window somewhere in the middle of the screen and there's no setting to start minimized). It might be a good idea to ...
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xfce4 window manager: increase the width of window borders for growing/shrinking windows [duplicate]

I use an ultra-wide monitor that has big but not super-huge resolution (2560x1080 I think). One long standing irritation I've had is that getting the mouse cursor over a window border (corner, really) ...
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How to measure for how long a window is active?

I am a digital artist, using Clip Studio Paint (a Windows app) to draw, through Wine. It would be interesting to know how many hours each piece takes me. But being how I am, most of the time I just ...
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How to show only the active desktop's applications in the taskbar? (Ubuntu 19.04)

I'm trying to work with workspaces in Ubuntu 19.04 but I can't figure how to show only active apps on a deskop in the taskbar. I open Firefox in workspace 1, then change to workspace 2 and click the ...

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