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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Xmonad: some apps do not start in workspace which I defined in config

This is part of my config of xmonad in ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs myWorkspaces :: [String] myWorkspaces = clickable . (map dzenEscape) $ ["web","doc","ssh","devel","chat","temp"] ...
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How do I edit the list of Window Managers that appear in Gnome Login?

Ever since I moved to Gnome3 (at least), the login environment has stopped offering some of my window managers as options. A key examples is that I now have to login using TWM first and then select ...
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Fullscreen applications and dual monitor setup ( + cursor grab )

I have dual screen monitor setup. There are applications (like VLC), where everything works out of the box. If you fullscreen a video, you can use your other screen normally. This is the setup I ...
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Openbox isn't loading correctly

I'm on Crunchbang 11, 64 bit, it is a Debian Wheezy distro. This morning Openbox isn't loading correctly     All the programs and shortcuts are working correctly. Conky is loading ...
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How to use Super-L instead of Alt in XFCE for resizing/moving windows?

In XFCE, when holding down Alt and then clicking anywhere in a window with the left button will move that window (as if by dragging the title bar), or resize the windows when clicking and dragging ...
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emacs meta key and Mint window manager

First, I'm not sure what window manager is running on my Mint installation. The "Control Center" yields no clues. Nevertheless - whatever I have is grabbing the emacs "meta" key (the option key on ...
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WM-independent way to focus/raise URGENT window

I would like to have a keyboard shortcut to "go to" (focus + raise) window with URGENT flag set which looks like URGENT: it appears on the taskbar (Gnome + Metacity) even if it is on desktop other ...
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How to setup Kiosk type functionality in Linux mint cinnamon? [duplicate]

I'm using Linux Mint Cinnamon. I want to setup the computer to act as a kiosk, where the user can only really interact with Firefox in full screen mode. What is the easiest way to lock the machine ...
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Alternative Window Manager [closed]

Is there a window manager, easy to install on Debian, that uses very little resources? I only need bash and Firefox/Chrome, java and flash. And maybe something like notepad++ for Linux. Though I'm ...
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Which desktop environments let you switch to a non-default window manager?

I used to use fvwm as the window manager under Gnome 2, but as I understand Gnome 3 can't be used with a non-default window manager, so I'm looking for alternatives. Are there other desktop ...
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How to have a pop-up window for password appear when opening application?

We have build wireshark adding some functionality related to our use, in Scientific Linux 6 system. After this when I start this using normal user, it will not allow me to use the network interface. ...
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Application launcher with grid like hotkeys

Is there a desktop enviroment or tool wich can provide the following functionality? If I press a self defined hotkey, a menu of self defined shortcuts/launchers is shown somewhere on the screen where ...
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Can I trigger an alternate keyboard layout based on switching windows?

I'd like to use different keyboard layouts (that I set with setxkbmap) depending on the application window that has focus. So for example, I'd like to switch when I change the window from terminal ...
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How to close any window in Awesome WM?

The shortcut to close individual applications completely depends on the application developer. Some examples: Ctrl-q for Firefox Meta-F4 for Chromium Ctrl-Shift-q for GNOME Shell To close ...
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Alt +Tab behaviour in Gnome

It may be a silly question but in Windows I used ShiftAltTab to switch back between my open windows, that is go back to previous windows. Unfortunately, it is not working in Gnome. I have even used ...
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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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Question on understanding windows manager/desktop environment

Linux newbie here. I'm trying to understand the different desktop environments and how they work together on one machine. If I install a new desktop environment, this shouldn't change the underlying ...
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Inconsistent behaviour of “wmctrl -i -a <WIN>”

I'm trying to use dmenu and wmctrl to write a script that would present to me a list of all currently open windows and then switch to the one I select. It looks something like this: Now, I'm using ...
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i3wm can't create new tiles and mouse won't move

I installed i3wm and X using the tutorials in the Arch wiki for a new Arch installation. I have Intel video, so I installed the xf86-video-intel package (which takes care of the driver). But when I ...
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Raise Brightness When Maximizing Terminal

I'm looking to raise the brightness when I maximize or foreground the Terminal window which has Vim running. I would like to reset the brightness to normal when I minimize or background that process ...
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Intel 82845G Video Crash workaround

I have the Intel 82845G video card and trying to get X11 working with it. It routinely crashes with artifacts. I know the existing history with this driver and X11 and I am about to buy a replacement ...
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Drag windows with right mouse button in Linux Mint KDE

I like how you can drag a window with the cursor anywhere in the window by pressing Alt + left mouse. Is it possible to drag a window by pressing and holding just the right mouse button? Minimize ...
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Is the desktop environment responsible for affecting behaviour to certain keys?

I have a laptop which has a Fn key. Using xev command shows that Fn + UpArrow is affected to XF86AudioRaiseVolume. If I use KDE, is it KDE that is responsible for affecting a behaviour to that ...
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What program or feature is overriding my “Unity style” keyboard shortcuts in DockbarX?

I have DockbarX installed with the option "Use Unity style shortcuts (Super+number)" enabled. Recently I am unable to activate the 2nd application with Super+Shift+2 (I'm on azerty). When I use that ...
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Terminal and web browser combination

I often use only two applications, terminal and web browser. I like the tmux application which enables to split a terminal window into more regions. I noticed that I can open lynx in another region ...
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I can't kill xfwm4

$ ps aux | grep xfwm xralf 4365 1.2 0.4 19888 9444 ? S 10:45 0:00 xfwm4 --replace --display :0.0 --sm-client-id 204399537-7a38-4196-8c31-43cf2f3542ac xralf 4369 0.0 0.0 3324 ...
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mint 14 mate: window manager doesn't work after reinstall mate-panel & mate-applets

After doing a sudo apt-get --purge remove mate-panel mate-applets and a sudo apt-get install mate-panel mate-applets for trying to get rid of a trayicon issue on my system, the mate window ...
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I need a very light weight GUI to run under Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) with a twist

I am in kind of a pickle. I have a VPS, for which I am paying next to nothing and grandfathered in. Therefore I am unwilling to part with it. And I want it to perform a smidgen more by making it ...
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Custom access/launcher

I'm not sure what to call what I want, so I'll just describe what I want to do. What I'm doing is setting up an old laptop, with gentoo, for my kids. I want to have some program on there that, with a ...
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Don't snap windows to edge when moving between monitors

I am running Linux-mint 13 with XFCE. When I drag a window to the side of the screen it snaps to the side and fills up that vertical half of the screen. This is great, but I have two graphics cards ...
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How to restart KDE window decorations without loosing the running X session

For graphics editing of some special graphics formats I am using a java program called imagej. This has the annoying bug that one special function tends to kill KDE's window decorations if it has too ...
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Starting certain applications fullscreen in Xfce

Is it possible to make Xfce window manager to open certain applications fullscreen by default? For example i want Emacs in Xfce to be always run fullscreen on start. I know how to execute specifically ...
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Change window manager in Fedora 18

Fedora 17 would let me choose my window manager on login; now with Fedora 18 not only can I not choose it on login, but I can't find a way to change it anywhere. Is there a way to easily switch ...
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Are the keyboard layouts in X.org actually called the X.org layouts or what?

Just need to know it, semantically. So most Linux/BSD systems using the X windows manager are using these layouts. For example, the "US International with dead keys" is quite different in X from the ...
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How to get cinnamon window styling

I think I may have chosen Mint-with no codecs from the downloads section. What should I do to get the nicer cinnamon window styling as in this page?. I have attached a file to show how my window title ...
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Bind MetaL in icewm

Anybody managed to bind the Windows key in IceWM ? It seems I can't bind it to anything since I disabled the "treat as Ctrl+Alt" option. # Treat Super/Win modifier as Ctrl+Alt # ModSuperIsCtrlAlt=1 ...
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Arch Linux, Openbox and Desktop

I' m installing Arch with OpenBox, I' ve done everything but when I type openbox-session I have this error Failed to open the display from the DISPLAY environment variable. What's the problem?
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Enable compiz window grid with visual effects set to none. Ubuntu 10.04

I have to disable "Visual Effects" (system -> preferences-> appearance -> visual effects -> none) because I get a terrible flicker/blinking when it is enabled, but I'd really like to use compiz window ...
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Window manager and desktop environment for touchscreens

What are some good choices for desktop environments and window manager for touchscreens? Currently I am using XFCE with custom GTK settings for making the controls larger, but that is far from ...
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Open window maximised on X startup

I have a .xsession script. I am opening a gnome-terminal in background. I would like to open it maximised. I use Cinnamon as window manager. I do understand usually window manager is responsible for ...
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In the mwmrc file, how can I disable the mouse from resizing or moving a window?

In my local .mwmrc file I have disabled moving and resizing window from the system menu, but I can still use the mouse to move or resize the window. How do I prevent users from doing that with the ...
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What is the architecture of Mac OS X's windowing system?

I am familiar with how the X11 system works, where clients connect via a socket to the server process and send operations to the window server to perform certain operations on their behalf. But I do ...
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Gnome, KDE, XFCE… which is most simple and customizable?

This'll be my first Linux install, so I've never had to choose between a desktop environment (I come from OS X) -- forgive me if I'm not fully literate on where exactly the OS ends and the desktop ...
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How to get lighter (more white) themes for Xfce?

Xfce seems bathing in an ocean of endless gray, unless using dark themes. Are there Xfce themes that are clear, bright, whiter? And also: is there a way to change the colors in a given theme in ...
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Window content freezes

I recently started using Kanotix, a Debian based distro that loads itself into RAM on boot, and i'm loving it. But this is the second time I have this problem, and I was wondering what caused it and ...
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Is there a way to virtually split my monitor (for maximizing windows)

My question is essentially if I can fake the behaviour one gets using usual window managers on linux if one has a dual head setup. That is, if I maximize a window it maximizes only on one part of the ...
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How to resize application windows in an arbitrary direction (not vertical and not horizontal)

One of the most annoying things for me in using Linux, is resizing an open window, such as a terminal window. I'd like to resize the terminal window (make it larger or smaller). But when I put the ...
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How to refresh a window by terminal? Or how to simulate `F5`?

I would like a way to refresh a specific window by the terminal. Probably I will need a comand to find the id or the name of the window and a command to refresh it. It looks like xrefresh cannot do ...
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Windows Managers vs Login Managers Vs Display Managers Vs Desktop Environment

I posted a question and noticed people weren't distinguishing correctly between many of these things: Windows Managers vs Login Managers Vs Display Managers Vs Desktop Environment. Can someone please ...
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What is the difference between the various tiling modes in KWin, and how do I use them?

There are 3 tiling modes in KDE: spiral, columns and floating. What does each do and how do make them work for me? For example, spiral seems to cut my screen in half then the next half another way. Is ...