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 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 ...
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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 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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losing unicode support urxvt when logged in as user, root shell has them

I am on a minimal debian testing install. I've set up rxvt-unicode, herbstluftwm, and SLiM. With my username, after SLiM logs me in, all of the urxvt terminal instances i start lack unicode support. ...
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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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handling multiple window managers, multiple .xsessionrc files?

I have just installed xmonad on my laptop with Debian jessie, and like it so far... I have previously used the default gnome-shell desktop (/window?) -manager, and still want to keep it 100% intact ...
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Visual feedback for window focus with Alt-Tab? (Cinnamon)

I have a frequent problem that occurs with window-based desktops like Cinnamon or XFCE, especially on multiple monitors. I very often misread which Window has focus after Alt-Tab. So I will start ...
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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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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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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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Why is this autogen.sh script failing?

I've downloaded this window manager from github and it has a autogen.sh script but it failed each time. I don't know what could happen or how to fix it: Output from ./autogen.sh: /usr/bin/gnome-...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 symbol?...
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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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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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Populate an entire pre-configured workspace in i3wm

Is it possible with I3Wm to populate an entire workspace with determined size, position and commands for each window? I know I can do i3-msg "exec xterm -e 'ls; bash'" to create a new window, but I ...
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How to move a window from one Window Manager to another running WM? [duplicate]

I use libreoffice on my X11-server and then I want to continue to work on the same text in the same window from another place using VNC. So, it would be nice if it is possible to detach a X11-window ...
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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: +--...
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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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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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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 ...
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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.
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Lending my x window to another process

I am writing a terminal file manager, and I would want that when a user issues a command to open an image file, that the image viewing application use the terminal emulator's x window for rendering ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 half-...
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How to disable Application Menu in XFCE?

I have just installed i3 as a Window Manager, and I feel the keyboard shortcuts and the integrated status bar are sufficient to manage my open applications, view the time, etc. In other words, I'd ...
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How do I change Xfce 4 “theme” tab colors?

I recently switched over to Xfce and really enjoy it. However, when I went in to my settings to change the appearance, the theme that I liked best was "Xfce-dusk" with one exception: The default ...
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Window manager with wayland?

I was wondering if there is a up-to-date list with the common window managers and their status with Wayland, i.e. what is working, what is not, and how usable they are (especially Gnome and KDE). I ...
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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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From a bash script, is there a way to get the keybinding for “Resize window”?

This question is related to another that I asked How do I execute a program in Xfce and make it use another xfwm4 theme other than the default one? However, I'm now trying to get an answer that will ...
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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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Tiling window manager that keeps the titlebar?

I'm very interested in tiling window managers but none seem to conform to my idea of how it should work. I have a mouse and I'm not afraid to use it! Most tiling window managers seem to focus on ...
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Fvwm Vector Buttons

I am trying to add windows buttons to my decor. (button numbers 1 6 4 2) AddToDecor MyWDecor + AddButtonStyle 1 Vector 7 70x15@0 30x55@1 50x55@0 40x85@1 80x45@0 60x45@1 70x15@0 + AddButtonStyle 2 ...
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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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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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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 ...