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 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 texture ...
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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 myscript....
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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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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 show/...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...