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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
2answers
613 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
142 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How to keep YouTube video fullscreen after moving mouse to other screen in Awesome WM?

I've managed to get YouTube Flash videos fullscreen by using two tips, but whenever I move the mouse pointer to a different screen (thereby changing the application focus) the fullscreen mode is ...
4
votes
1answer
504 views

How to set awesome's wibox visible only for certain tags?

I'd like to have special wiboxes for certain tags like multimedia, development. I couldn't find any option in wibox for that and I'm newbie to awesome. I think it can be done using some event ...
4
votes
1answer
699 views

Alt+tab on Fluxbox

I've been using fluxbox on my netbook, and have been very pleased. That is, with everything but one feature. I would really like it if I could use fluxbox with the added functionality that when I use ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
306 views

What are the kernel, the “GNU tools and utilities”, the shell and the Window Manager?

Among the many components of a Linux system, I find myself confused (as a newbie) about what exactly is the kernel or what is GNU's part. I understand some basic concepts of this, but where is the ...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

What's the top-left Button in KDE Windows?

I run Linux Mint 15 with KDE 4+. Consider this screenshot: Underneath the LM logo, or beside the Firefox icon, above "File" and "Edit", there's a little circular button with a dot in the middle. I ...
3
votes
2answers
279 views

Is there any way to prevent focus being grabbed by another application?

I am getting annoyed by windows under X opening and taking focus away from the current window which has focus. This is particularly annoying when you are typing a password into a password dialog and ...
3
votes
4answers
252 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

KDE windows maximize automatically?

There is a similar question on Askubuntu. One solution was Maximus, however it doesn't work on KDE, only on Gnome family DEs (Gnome Shell, Unity, Cinnamon). KDE settings are rich, but i didn't find ...
3
votes
1answer
676 views

Scroll between tags in Awesome WM

How can I add smooth scrolling between tags in the Awesome WM? I realize I can't run compiz with Awesome. Is there something comparable that I can run? I don't need any other effects, switching ...
3
votes
2answers
387 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
377 views

ratpoison keyboard shortcut conflicts

I recently installed ratpoison as my first real foray into tiling window managers. The first problem I ran into is that the Ctrl-t keybinding used for ratpoison commands conflicts with those of other ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
594 views

Launch an application with window decorator hints, x/y coordinates, size, etc

Is there a way to launch an application with a given size, position, and window decorator hints from the command line? I'd like to lock a certain window in a certain place at a size and without a ...
3
votes
1answer
860 views

Can you set a program to open “always on top” by default in XFCE4 (xfwm4)?

For some reason I can't seem to find the answer to this. Setting "always on top" in the program's titlebar doesn't seem to persist after the program shuts down or the computer reboots. Please note ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

debian wireless networking through terminal

I'm starting to use the wmii windows manager and I want certain pieces of information to display on a status bar. If I were to want to display the ESSID for the network, I would have to find it ...
3
votes
2answers
864 views

Is there a way to completely get rid of notifications in KDE 4.6?

I don't like, don't care about, don't want notifications from my window manager. Ever. Example: Since I manually removed the virtuoso-t package, my computer doesn't spend ages trying to index its own ...
3
votes
2answers
38 views

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.
3
votes
1answer
67 views

Why am I having ghosting and tearing with the i3 window manager paired with xcompgmr when tiling terminals vertically?

I'm using the i3 tiling window manager. As it doesn't do compositing, I've enabled the xcompmgr compositor in my ~/.i3/config file as well as feh to display a wallpaper: exec --no-startup-id xcompmgr ...
3
votes
1answer
428 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
924 views

How to tell xfce (or an application) where to put the window when starting?

I have a number of different boxes, all running debian and xfce. When I launch multiple applications (specifically xterm windows) on one machine, they end up all in the center of the desktop, and they ...
3
votes
1answer
296 views

Group and lock certain windows to a workspace in Gnome 3

Is it possible to group certain windows to always occupy the same area and always be in the same workspace? If so, how? For example I'm using Eclipse and I have multiple detached windows and for ...
3
votes
3answers
408 views

Is there is tool similar to ShiftIt on OS X?

I'm looking for a keyboard controlled window sizing utility similar to ShiftIt on Mac OS X: https://github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt
3
votes
1answer
735 views

Running Plasmoid under NOTKDE (e.g. Fluxbox) - Plasma/DeviceNotifier

Is there way to run Plasma/DeviceNotifier under another WM to KWin/KDE (e.g. Fluxbox). To be more specific, I have currently configured KDE, but I work remotely thorough SSH -Y + X-forwarding. So ...
3
votes
1answer
413 views

How to launch a GTK program centered on the screen?

I'm trying to launch xcalc from the command line, in my embedded Unix, and I would like it to start centered on the screen, is there a way? By the way, I'm using WindowMaker, if it makes any ...
3
votes
2answers
595 views

Window Manager for TV

I have Ubuntu installed on my computer, which is hooked up to my TV. I have tweaked some of Gnome's settings to make it easier to use from my couch (display larger fonts, increase the size of the ...
3
votes
1answer
749 views

Control-q-? key binding in Awesome WM

I wish to configure my Awesome Window Manager so that the keyboard shortcuts begin with ctrlq. ctrlq-x, ctrlq-y, ctrlq-z, and so on... I've attempted to modify the /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua config ...
3
votes
3answers
335 views

gVim opening a tab pushes status line out of window

When opening a new tab in gVim (with :tabe), the status line at the bottom of the screen disappears. If I press : and start typing a command I can no longer see the command on the status line. When ...
3
votes
1answer
838 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
64 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
591 views

Do I need a desktop to run a GUI?

I am setting up a lightweight VM, following the guide in the Ubuntu Documentation What I want to be able to do is ssh into the VM and then launch a GUI application. I don't need / want a desktop. ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

Windowing system strictly for code editing? [closed]

I'm a usability obsessive and I can't help dreaming about how nice it would be to have a windowing system configured for nothing but editing code... mostly it would be ultra minimalist, with just ...
2
votes
1answer
115 views

On Arch, how can you set a WM to start on boot?

How would you go about getting X and a window manger to load on boot, and present a fancy-ish login screen like you would in other distros? I want to use something new to me like dwm or bspwm, but I ...
2
votes
3answers
659 views

switch window manager when logging in in text mode

Suppose I don't start the display manager on boot and login through the terminal. How would I switch my window manager? With gdm or gdm3, you use a scroll box to select it.
2
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

Fix terminal title after SSH remote logging to another machine

right now I am using an one-line perl code to change titles of my terminal bars, print("\e]0;@ARGV\7"); but every time after I ssh to another remote machine, the title will be modified by the host ...
2
votes
2answers
797 views

How to force Gnome's WM (metacity) to open a program window on a specific monitor?

I need to configure a dual-head machine using Debian 6 (and, hence, Gnome 2.30.2 and xrandr 1.3.3) so that it opens applications reliably on a certain screen. While it is trivial to move normal ...
2
votes
2answers
480 views

Theming in tiling window managers?

I am trying out tiling window managers like scrotWM, and have noticed that GUI programs start with a "theme" (or lack, thereof) that looks like the bland Redmond theme. Is there a way to specify the ...
2
votes
1answer
130 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
987 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
314 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
47 views

How to cycle clients

I want to be able to cycle clients within a single tag (screen). I know I can swap clients by using awful.client.swap.byidx but that moves focus rather than the client. Say I have three windows: ...
2
votes
1answer
330 views

Does Gnome Shell use Mutter?

In Wikipedia is written that Gnome Shell in Gnome 3 uses Mutter window manager. But ps x | grep mutter shows that Mutter is not running. Moreover I had experience with working Gnome Shell before I ...
2
votes
2answers
150 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
341 views

Can a WM raise or lower windows?

Judging from window management on Linux (at least on Ubuntu using Gnome with Compiz), windows are organised in a stack. Switching to a window other than the one in focus will bring the former on top ...
2
votes
1answer
546 views

How can I press key of “keycode 53” every minute in X?

I want to automate my typing. I can use window managers such as gnome and fvwm. I can access to ubuntu and obsd.
2
votes
1answer
104 views

starting LXDE automatically (without Display Manager)

I am disappointed with existing Display Managers, and so I was wondering wheteher I could live without one. I have very basic needs on my laptop. I have one user martin who wants to be logged into ...
2
votes
1answer
146 views

starting multiple x-sessions with different DE/WMs with startx in Linux Mint

I'm using Linux mint, and I want two windows managers (MATE and xmonad) running on different pipes. I installed xmonad, and when I choose xmonad from the login screen it works perfectly. But, when I ...