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 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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Standard solution for displaying messages either on shell or with window managers gui

Is there a standard solution to display messages from within bash scripts eiter on the commandline if the shell is a login shell or in a new window in the present window manager's GUI? Specifically I ...
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Visually-transparent & Input-transparent Windows

I'm a Java programmer who's rather new to Linux. I'm on Suse / Gnome and I need to create a window which: Is visually translucent/transparent. This is the usual alpha blending that composes a ...
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What kind of notification is Firefox sending when a download has finished?

I'm using the dynamic window manager of suckless (dwm). I noticed that firefox is able to send nice notifications when a download has finished. See the two figures When I'm on a different tag, I ...
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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 ...
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Understanding linux desktop

I use debian wheezy xfce and want to set up my desktop. But I read some settings are redundant. Hence I want to understand how everything works, but I am massively lost. Can someone please sort, ...
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EOG does not open focused

Something wrong started few days ago. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 with Gnome. When I double click on a image file, the Eye of Gnome (EOG) opens and shows the image. But the problem is that the focus ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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How to separate Awesome's `rc.lua` configuration into multiple files?

I've just moved to Awesome WM from OpenBox. I like that it's very extensible, customizable and I have huge control about window layout. I like structured and organized things and I'd like to separate ...
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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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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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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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Graphical interface on a remote server?

I've got a VPS with Debian running on it. I connect to it using SSH and configure it in a console mode. Now I want to install some graphical interface to it and use my VPS in graphical mode from my ...
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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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Is it possible to force chromium show the “window control icons” on the left

I'm not running Gnome or Ubuntu, But I also want those (minimize, maximze, close) icons to be visible on the left as well, without touching the source code, is there any way to make it work ? ...
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Fluxbox battery monitor?

I'm using fluxbox on Arch, and I'm trying to put a battery monitor in the toolbar, next to the time. gkrellm takes up too much space, and can't be configured in the toolbar, as far as I know.
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Fluxbox time is wrong?

I'm using fluxbox on Arch, and the time is displayed incorrectly in the panel. The time works in XFCE, so I'm not sure why it isn't working in fluxbox. Is there a way to set the time in fluxbox from ...
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x11vnc window manager

I am using x11vnc and started it so it created the X server by itself like this: x11vnc -localhost -rfbauth -create /root/.vnc/passwd But the VNC session created, does not have a window manager, ...
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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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How can I switch window managers in Gnome 3?

I normally enjoy using Gnome 3 and gnome-shell in Fedora 16. However, I would like to temporarily run a non-compositing window manager such as metacity so that some wine games can have full control of ...
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Assigning awesome keybinding for more than 9 tags

I'm using the awesome WM and the nine default tags (or "virtual desktops") are not anywhere near enough for me: I've got a lot of VMs and remote VNCs etc. In the past I've used window managers with ...
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Xfce 4: Change global keyboard shortcuts

I use Alt+Space in Emacs, but in Xfce it pops up window manager menu at the upper left corner of a window. How do i disable Alt+Space for Xfce and change global keyboard shortcuts in general?
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Change status bar applications' default icon

in fvwm, you can change the default icon of any window using Style <regex> Icon <icon_name.xpm>. In other words, I want to over ride the default icon set for an application without having ...
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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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Change font color and shadow from titlebar in window manager

I'm trying Linux Mint Debian Edition XFCE, and want to use a specific theme; only drawback - the font color and font shadow are unreadable, how can I change them? Also the active/inactive color window ...
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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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GTK::Socket and Gtk::Plug unexpected behaviour under Gnome and FVWM2

The following code works fine if run within FVWM2. But if you change desktop to Gnome, then the embedded window is destroyed instead of being embedded. Why is that? What am I missing?... The code ...
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Retrieve the window name and role

I'm running Eclipse and I detached some of the windows. Now I have 4 windows linked to Eclipse. What I need is to be able to identify each individual window and be able to control it. If I run tools ...
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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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specify geometry of a new gnuplot window in lxde

I have a script that runs a calculation and then plots the result using gnuplot script file. The problem is that I need to make more than one plot and I don't want windows to cover each other. I ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Resize window to half screen width in KDE 3.5

I am using a legacy version of Red Hat that uses KDE 3.5.4. I do not have the ability to install additional software. I have become rather addicted to the modern windowing feature of snapping to ...
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How to configure a shortcut to open a window accessed by right click on the systray icon?

The application I am referring to is Turpial and it is a Twitter client. The problem is to open the window I need to send twits, I have to right click on a systray icon and select an option. In the ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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How to active tabs on windows by terminal? wmctrl doesn't have option available

I'd like improve a script of mine that uses firefox to perform tasks. I need activate a window and a tab with a specific name. For example, the window name could be Mozilla Firefox and the tab ...
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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
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Some applications cover my top bar in dwm

Recently, Google Chrome has been taking 100% screen space and has been covering my top bar. Its never done this before. I tried reinstalling and nothing changed. I can post a screencap if anyone ...
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What is the difference between a Console, Shell, Terminal, Terminal emulator, Terminal multiplexer, and a Window manager?

For example. What is the difference between a default 'interface/console' of FreeBSD/archlinux, vs Terminal, vs Terminal emulator like Xterm, vs Terminal multiplexer like tmux, vs Window manager like ...
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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 ...