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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KDE 5 does not have window decorations

I'm running KDE Plasma 5.4.3 on Debian stretch/sid. I have kwin_wayland 5.4.3 and sddm 0.13.0. I only installed the base system and then ran apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop/testing sddm/testing ...
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minimal window manager to enforce visual chroot and exit on application exit

I am trying to have a kiosk style setup on raspberry pi where only one application is available via VNC e.g. gedit or firefox. Using a guide like this http://gpio.kaltpost.de/?page_id=84 the setup of ...
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Issues with Gnome window management in two display screens

I am troubleshooting this GUI application running multiple windows, some of which are small and made explicitly to stay on top of the main window (which usually stays on the first display scree). The ...
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How to start mutter as a xsession?

I am making a Desktop Environment (DE) in which I will be using the mutter Window Manager (WM) as the default WM. I am new to DE's and WM's. So how do I start it in a script and pack it in the ...
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Setting usable area of the screen

I am creating a dock for my own usage. The problem is, when I maximize a window, window takes dock's space too. Is there a way to restrict the area used by other windows? I guess it is related to ...
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Window manager with wayland?

I was wondering if there is a up-to-date list with the common window managers and their status with Wayland, i.e. what is working, what is not, and how usable they are (especially Gnome and KDE). I ...
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Unicode fallback font

When the system displays a text, whose responsibility is to select the appropriate font for the letters? Let's say I have the following 3 fonts installed and I open a website with letters and ...
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Is Enlightenment a full DE or just a WM?

I installed Enlightenment on my Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon. I thought it was just a Window Manager that I could switch to and use within Cinnamon. However, I found that I had to log out to my display ...
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Does Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon use Muffin or Metacity WM?

When I run wmctrl -m on my Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon, I see that my WM is "Mutter (Muffin)". However, after switching WM's, when I want to get back to the default WM, neither mutter --replace or muffin ...
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What controls the design of the context menu and what controls the interaction with the context menu?

I was trying to see if it would be possible to customize the way my context menu looks. I don't want a theme, I want to make the context menu square or circular or something similar to that. Would ...
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What is the story behind Client Side Decorations?

So, Gnome apps currently use exclusive Client Side Decorations, with GTK Header Bar containing buttons, menus, title. What is the story behind implementing Client Side Decorations? Is it Gnome ...
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Is it possible to change the default window animation in Gnome Shell (preferably to fade in/out)?

Instead of the default zoom in/out animations when opening and closing windows in Gnome Shell, is it possible to have a fade in/out animation? I am mostly interested in this because when opening a ...
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Dashed line on top and below a window when window scrolling is required

In Cinnamon deskop, how to remove this dashed line, that supposedly wants to indicate that the items in the window are not all visible and you can scroll up or down? For example in nemo when there is ...
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How to disable the wallpaper manager in various DEs?

I'm making a script that sets the background image/wallpaper using feh. However, feh only works for WMs and DEs with no wallpaper manager (such as i3, xmonad, openbox, etc etc). I want to know how to ...
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LightDM greeter simple prompt Xubuntu 15.10

I've got a problem configuring LightDM (version 1.16.5) under Xubuntu 15.10 such that the greeter only shows a simple prompt like user: __________ password: __________ without proposing users ...
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Using Mutter as pure WM

I am making an Archlinux USB stick. For interface, I usually use GNOME, but it is so much heavy for a 16GB USB Stick. The last time I build an USB stick I used openbox, and I liked it, but I was ...
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How to customize window manager for VNC?

I am new to VNC setup and right now out of ideas what to do. My configuration -- VNC server on openSUSE 13.2 plus VNC viewer on Windows. It works. However it works with twm, and I would like to have ...
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Emacs entry missing from window manager menus

Since some time ago I have no menu entry for Emacs anymore on my Debian system. The same happens on two different machines -- one running testing and one running unstable. I have tried switching ...
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Xfce 4: how to change keyboard shortcuts globally (for all user accounts)?

I changed some window manager shortcuts through Window Manager>>Keyboard and Keyboard>>Shortcuts. Now, as it happens these changes take effect only on the account where they were set (I'm using Xfce ...
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behavior of window manager when has expand monitor

In Debian system: two monitor: monitor A:1920x1080 monitor B:1360x768 monitor A is the major screen, has a fullscreen window. when i change resolution of A to 1024x768 (or any other resolution ...
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Fluxbox's Auto-grouping/auto-tabbing: Does it work anymore?

I'm having hard time building a working setup of fluxbox autogrouping. If anyone happen to have it working, I'd love to have a look at the .fluxbox/apps file. Here's the relevant part of my ...
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How to resize two windows at the same time in Cinnamon?

I find it quite practical the ability to tile windows using Super + arrow keys in my Linux Mint box (using Cinnamon). My common use case is to be able to see two windows at the same time, while ...
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No Menu Bar, Windows not visible (Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon)

Yesterday I did apt-get update && apt-get upgrade to make my system up-to-date. It went through without any error. After rebooting my Menu Bar 'disappeared', there's just a dark gray bar ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus without raising window

So right now I have 'focus follows mouse' enabled, and windows don't automatically raise on focus, which means I can have a window in focus that is partially behind another window. Now, when I use ...
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Can a Window Manager simulate virtual screen size?

Following these instructions, I now have a Raspberry Pi connected to an Adafruit 3.5" TFT display. The display has a fixed resolution of 480x320, which presents problems when viewing some fixed-sized ...
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What display manager/window manager can support multiple monitors with different dpi?

There is no permutation that I have yet found of window manager / display manager, that correctly scales windows and applications on two different monitors with two different DPIs. I have a 40 inch ...
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Cinnamon Menu Applet Won't Display

Cinnamon version: Cinnamon 2.6.13 OS: Fedora 21 When I run cinnamon --replace, there is no error messages for menu applet: js-Message: JS LOG: About to start Cinnamon St-Message: cogl npot ...
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How to make openbox display window in certain area only

I have a display with a native resolution of 1024X600. I set it to 1024X724, because some window can't be display in the native resolution. I have to use the mouse to do the panning. But for the ...
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Starting an Window Manager on hybrid graphics system fails

I'm a completely new user of Arch Linux. I installed the system nearly like described by the German beginners guide. The most important things according this problem: Bootmanager: GRUB Installed ...
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Restore internet connectivity and graphic desktop manager wiped out during a package installation

Abridged Antecedents I run Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a x68_64 computer. A few days ago I run sudo apt-get -f install for a general overhaul of broken dependencies. I did so in order to remove the conflicts ...
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Launcher on top of X11 as a window manager

Im on the process of building a Launcher for other applications, on top of X11. The requirements are the following: The launcher must start with the system (The launcher can be seen as a fullscreen ...
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How to change QtCurve style/theme without KDE via config file editing?

I have downloaded a QtCurve theme. I do not use KDE, I use a standalone WM (awesome). How do I change QtCurve style/theme via config file editing? Which config file contains this setting?
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What are the keyboard-shortcuts for Matchbox window manager?

There doesn't seem to be anything related in the man pages for the matchbox executables. Googling & SO'ing has not led to me to anything, either.
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Bspwm and Lemonbar - integrate bash script into the current bar

So I've got lemonbar (formerly bar) with Bspwm up and running. I have the colors the way I want them. I also have a bash script, which when run separately from Bspwm - just "./bash_script | bar -p" ...
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Run an app with a window manager behind in a separate X server

I want to launch an app in a separate X server. It needs a window manager behind it, though. I created a script #!/bin/sh x-window-manager & my-gui-app and launched it with xinit ...
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custom maximised windows-size in opensuse 13.2 (KDE)

Is there a way to maximise a window in openSUSE (KDE) to a custom size? There are obviously ways to fully maximise, or use a full quarter or half of a screen quickly. What I'd like however is using ...
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Custom GUI without desktop environment

I want to set up a custom Linux OS primarily for hobby and learning use. It doesn't need a desktop environment, but I do want to at least customize the visual appearance of the window manager and ...
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Panel with lets forwards mouse events to window manager

What the panel except tint2 permits to handle click event to window manager? Is it possible to do so in LXPanel? Here is tint2: LXPanel: Thanks.
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XFCE4: Changing workspaces while moving window

One of the features that I heavily use in XFCE is grabbing a window with Alt (Alt + click and drag) and then changing to a different workspace (which I bound to Alt+number). The net effect is moving ...
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Urxvt and tmux - set window title

When I use tmux from urxvt, window title is not updated. Normally when I use just urxvt, window title is updated every time I change directory and it is in form of "$USER@$HOST:$PWD", but when I run ...
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How can I tell whether or not I am in a text area?

I am running a Window Manager and am soon getting a Thinkpad x220 tablet. I was hoping to make the tablet a little more functional by having an on-screen keyboard, and I have set it up so I can ...
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Getting notified about window title changes

...without polling. I want to detect when the currently focused window changes so that I can update a piece of custom GUI in my system. Points of interests: real time notifications. Having 0.2s ...
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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 ...