In the X window system, a window manager controls the way your desktop works, including how the windows look and act.

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Configure multiple monitors with a desktop independend gui

Since my upgrade from ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04 gnome-control-center display is broken. It could not get any screen information. According to this bug report: ...
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Change default user for xsession

When I boot my Raspberry Pi it automatically starts an xsession as root. I edited /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/mediacenter.service that usually launches Kodi. There I edited the ...
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How to deal with tearing in Gentoo on NVIDIA?

See Why is video tearing such a problem in Linux? for the reasons behind why tearing is a problem in the first place, and why the usual "tricks" usually suggested (like "disable compositing", ...
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Can I run a single program without running it through a window manager? (Gnome, Technic-Launcher)

I'm running into an issue with Technic-Launcher being completely white when run in gnome, but it's fine in other DE's. The developer says it's an issue with mutter and undecorated java windows. Can I ...
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Reattach programs from crashed window manager

Sometimes when GNOME desktop crashes on me, the programs keep running headlessly. While they're like that, some of them prevent new instances from being created once I've restarted the WM. Is there ...
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Generic screen reset for borked X display?

Is there a generic way to reset the display on a borked X session? Let's say that you open your laptop screen after it's been put to sleep, and the display is blank, or scrambled beyond visibility. ...
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Windows scattered across virtual desktops after waking up from sleep

My setup is two external screens connected to a docking station and the laptop screen all running (thanks, Lenovo!). I have four virtual desktops (Ubuntu 14.04, Unity). At any point I might have one ...
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What exactly happens when I type “startx” in the command line? [closed]

I would like to understand what happens when I type startx on a modern Linux* machine internally. Can anybody explain this process, step by step? * Debian GNU/Linux, if it cannot be generalized to ...
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what is a good choice for a windowmanager for temporary use?

Ratpoison is my windowmanager of choice and am running a fairly recent version of google chrome and I wish to drag a couple tabs between windows. This used to work, but recent changes in chrome makes ...
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What are the differences between xdotool and xautomation?

xdotool and xautomation are two command line X11 automation tools. I've used the former for a while and only recently found out about the existence of the latter, and I'm curious to know what someone ...
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How do I obtain a handle to the Window Manager frame for a given Window in Xlib?

So I'm making a screenshooter app that gets the active window using XGetInputFocus(); but when I try to take a screenshot of that window using XGetImage, I get an image without the window decorations ...
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Can I use a login manager to choose different window managers?

I'm working towards an Arch install with a tiling window manager (probably i3) but was wondering whether it's possible to use a login manager and have the Gnome 3 desktop available as a fallback. So ...
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Configured terminal window size does not create terminal windows of correct size

With my Xubuntu 12 with xfce I have configured a standard 80x24 window size for my terminals. But opening a window results in a smaller 79x24 window. (To me this looks like a bug - at least my former ...
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How to start the twm manager on a system which already has a window manager ?

I am using linux mint codename rebecca with xface. I tried to follow a description how to start a window manager of once choice: created an empty .xinitrc file in my homefolder filled the file with ...
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How to update focus when toggling tags in Awesome WM?

How to reproduce: Install awesome, firefox and xterm. Start Awesome WM with my current configuration. There should now be an XTerm window in the first tag ("shell") and a Firefox window in the ...
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Elementary OS Workspace Manager Broke

The workspace manager stopped working on my computer (Elementary OS Luna). I suspected it may have had something to do with installing Tilda (Terminal Emulator), so I uninstalled that: sudo apt-get ...
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How to configure LinuxMint 17 to invoke commands from the mouse?

My PC runs LinuxMint 17 in the 64-bit MATE edition. How can I configure X (or MATE?) to invoke these two commands from my mouse (which is a 6-button Logitech M705)? send the clicked window behind ...
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XMonad gaps in fullscreen

I am trying to set up XMonad so that multiple windows have gaps between them. The relevant part of my config file is as follows import XMonad.Layout.Spacing followed later by myLayout = tiled ||| ...
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Notion wm independent workspaces

Does anyone know how to configure the Notion WM (fork of ion3) to have workspace switching spearate for each monitor while still be able to move windows between monitors. That is I want to be able to ...
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hardware accelerated window manager

i got a hand me down lenovo thinkpad and i was pleased that it was still comparatively fast as it was running windows 7 very smoothly... but since i switched to CrunchBang (i'd like to think i'm ...
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How to make application windows always on top in Linux mint?

When I open several application simultaneously, there is necessity to switch between one application to another. But when I place mouse pointer on top of window of some application, then window of ...
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Change icon for an application form command line?

Is there a way to change the icon of an application's window from the command line? For instance, I'd like to have separate icons for Firefox windows under different profiles (different processes), ...
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How to use i3 on CentOS 7 with Gnome?

I have a CentOS 7 with Gnome running on my machine. Now I want to use i3 as the window manager. I managed to install i3 but I don't know how to make CentOS 7 use i3 now. I tried to edit .xinitrc like ...
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Xfce: How to specify row size in Alt+Tab window?

Alt+Tab window shows a list of open applications. Problem is it can put even 24 icons in a single row which makes navigation hard. Is there a setting to specify e.g. 5 icons per row?
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Simple X window manager [closed]

I'm looking for a simple X window manager that : stacks new windows over all others on screen has no window decorations at all (no title, no borders, no min/max buttons) opens all windows in max ...
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What is the default GUI run with “startx” without any desktop environment installed?

While playing around with Ubuntu Server, which does not have any kind of desktop environment installed by default, I did "apt-get install startx; startx", which showed me a console in a white box, and ...
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Opening a window in a specific workspace?

In Ubuntu 14.04, is it possible (perhaps using wmctrl?) to activate an instance of a window in a specific workspace? Example: Suppose I'm in workspace 1, and I have a google-chrome window open in ...
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Opening Nautilus without --no-desktop, on Xmonad on top of Ubuntu, what happens?

I have a standard Ubuntu install with an Xmonad install on top of it [1]. Now, when I run nautilus from the command line a view unexpected things happen. While Nautilus does appear, there is now also ...
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Switch to TWM in Fedora 20

I want to use TWM without, say, GNOME or KDE or Xfce. Just plain TWM, no frills. I'm new to the whole desktop environment/window/display manager aspect so I'm not sure how I should go about setting ...
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Window manager with python support/extensions

My prefered desktop environment lately has been Lxde. I like handling most things from the command line, so gnome and kde always seem to get it my way more than I like. But I do envy some of the new ...
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Awesome WM doesn't appear on choosing session on login

I've just installed Awesome on Linux Lite 2.0. But awesome doesn't appear when I’m about to login. There's no option to choose awesome during login. This is the content of my awesome.desktop under ...
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Differences and advantages of window managers in xcb (libxcb) over ones in libx11?

What are the differences and advantages of window managers written in xcb (libxcb) over ones written in libx11? In the field of tilling and new/moderm window managers I often come across these kind ...
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Terminology reconciliation: Display manager vs. session manager, Windowing system vs. Window manager

I am taking the Linux Foundation's Introduction to Linux course. Some of the terminology seems to overlap or contradict, especially when I try to supplement the course material with other sources, ...
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How can I make windows easier to resize in Xfce?

I'm using Xfce 4.10 with xfwm4 as my window manager. I'm finding it difficult to resize windows by grabbing the border. The region where the mouse cursor changes to the "resize window" cursor seems ...
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From a bash script, is there a way to get the keybinding for “Resize window”?

This question is related to another that I asked How do I execute a program in Xfce and make it use another xfwm4 theme other than the default one? However, I'm now trying to get an answer that will ...
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How do I execute a program in Xfce and make it use another xfwm4 theme other than the default one?

I want to run a python script (the one in the answer to Python - how to make transparent window with gtk.Window but not with Gtk.) that displays a transparent window. I'm running it from a bash script ...
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Multi Pointer Window Manager

I test Multi Pointer X (MPX) and I read that there is Multi Pointer Window Manager (MPWM) which has additional fetures to support MPX. The problem is that I can not find MPWM. I googled it and there ...
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Cannot change global keyboard shortcuts in Linux Mint XFCE

I am using Linux Mint 14 XFCE. I am trying to remove the default XFCE window manager shortcuts for workspace switching (Ctrl-F1, Ctrl-F2, etc.), as described in this question. The answers there ...
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Populate an entire pre-configured workspace in i3wm

Is it possible with I3Wm to populate an entire workspace with determined size, position and commands for each window? I know I can do i3-msg "exec xterm -e 'ls; bash'" to create a new window, but I ...
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Why is this autogen.sh script failing?

I've downloaded this window manager from github and it has a autogen.sh script but it failed each time. I don't know what could happen or how to fix it: Output from ./autogen.sh: ...
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Distinguish between Desktop session and desktop environment

I heard/observed following words and want to distinguish information. Desktop Environment Desktop Session GDM Session Shell Window Manager So I can understand exact difference and working relation ...
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Tiling window manager that keeps the titlebar?

I'm very interested in tiling window managers but none seem to conform to my idea of how it should work. I have a mouse and I'm not afraid to use it! Most tiling window managers seem to focus on ...
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Tilling window manager written in Python

Is there any tiling manager like XMonad but written with Python? I think Haskell was too hard for me. But I know python a little.
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XMonad not launching xmobar

For some reason, my xmonad config won't launch xmobar, but it doesn't throw any errors, and the command xmobar launches it fine. Here is my xmobar.hs import XMonad import XMonad.Hooks.ManageDocks ...
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Terminal emulator for Android that supports viewing images?

I am planning on logging into my unix desktop via an Anroid tablet. Is there a terminal emulator that will allow me to view images, such as making plots in ipython, via X11 protocol?
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How do I suppress the title bar and window decorations on a maximized window in Gnome 3.12?

I'm trying to get rid of the top title bar on a fullscreen-sized window under Gnome 3.12.2, using the gnome-shell WM. In earlier versions of Gnome this was not difficult to do, but it apparently has ...
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What is the difference between a windowing system and a window manager?

What is the difference between a windowing system (for example X11, Wayland) and a window manager (Awesome, Compiz, OpenBox)?
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Priority for “always on top” X windows

I have two windows on my Xfce desktop that need to be open all the time and they are set to always on top. They overlap each other, whenever I click on one of them, that's expected behaviour. Is ...
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Window with activity in GNOME, notifies but doesn't show itself after Alt+Tab?

When a process that has an open window is activated, it remains un-focused and hidden underneath other windows but gives a small notification below that there was action. This is particularly evident ...
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In AwesomeWM, is the use of `c:kill()` as soft as clicking on the red cross in another window manager?

In AwesomeWM, windows are closed with the method c:kill() (bound to Meta-Shift-c) When I use that key binding, the window just close instantly! Therefore I wondered : Is that way as soft as ...