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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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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Problem with xmobar

I'm setting up an xmonad window manager and I came across following problem - when I try to configure xmobar and run it it shows: xmobar: .xmobarrc: configuration file contains errors! Usage: xmobar [...
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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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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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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 4....
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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 don'...
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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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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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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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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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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 texture ...
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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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Kde: how to bind permanently an application to a desktop/activity?

Im pretty new to Kde 4.8 and i can not figure out how to get this behaviour that i used to have in Gnome: Desktop 1: developer/misc (browser, editor/ide, diff, etc..) Desktop 2: virtual machines (...
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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 get alt+right mouse to resize windows again!

I'm frustrated that this was removed/altered in gnome-shell3. There are certain key bindings for resizing and moving windows like alt+right click etc, that I'd like back. I've tried to use the system ...
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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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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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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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Compiz Window Picker plugin for XFCE4?

Is there a separate window picker software (like the one in Compiz or Present Window in KDE4) ? I'm running xfce4
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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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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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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 myscript....
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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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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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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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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 show/...
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Override the window title for an arbitrary window in KDE and set a custom window title

Using KDE here, but there might be a solution that works with other desktops environments too. I often am dealing with many many windows. Most windows contain many tabs (e.g. a Dolphin window with ...
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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: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?...
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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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How to add “always on top” button to window decoration in eOS?

Using the Tweaks tool, it's possible to change the buttons layout and also add a minimize button. However, how could we add a button for toggling "always on top"? There's a "custom layout" option in ...
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Whats a simple Window Manager to use for web development? [closed]

I'm looking for a really simple window manager that will allow me to run a browser, a terminal and not much else. I normally just use chrome along with gnome-terminal and a series of gnu screen ...
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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 to close any window in Awesome WM?

Desktop application developers are free to choose which keyboard shortcuts they want to support. On Windows the convention is pretty strong: Alt-F4 closes most applications Ctrl-F4 closes most major ...
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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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How do I get GNOME 3 to work in Debian Wheezy under VMware?

I just installed Debian 7.4 in a VMware machine. On first boot, it gave me the following error: GNOME 3 Failed to Load Unfortunately GNOME 3 failed to start properly and started in the fallback ...
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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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Task Switcher inside VNC

I run a VNC client (tightvnc) along with other applications on a Windows machine. Inside my VNC session, I typically have several xterms and gvim windows open. How can I switch between the ...