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I have a window that is marked 'always on top'. I want to be able to maximize another window and it have not hide behind the always on top window.

Is this possible?

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You may be looking for the desktop margins setting. For example, I set a margin1 so that my conky is always visible and not covered by maximized windows. You could do the same as long as you always place your always-on-top along the edge of the screen.

1 I don't actually use xfwm but the margin concept is the same.

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Ah, yes. It's called workspace margins in Xfce, but the same idea. I had thought that setting wouldn't allow the 'always on top' window to be over in the margin either. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! – David Oneill Jan 31 '12 at 21:04

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