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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Get current Virtual Desktop - number/name/tag/id?

How to get number and/or name (or tag/id... etc) of currently used virtual desktop ? Command line, scripting, C/C++ solutions allowed (, while portable to C/C++ are preferred). ;) I'm mostly ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Invert colors of the active window

Sometimes I work in low light and I need to invert the color of specific windows to reduce my eye strain. This could be my pdf viewer to web pages for reference work. I know how to invert the entire ...
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Scripting window behavior in KDE to depend on monitor being used

I plug my laptop into a number of different monitors, all of which have aspect ratios not supported by my laptop. I want the built-in and plug-in monitors to be at their maximum respective resolutions ...
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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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In Openbox, is it possible to execute a command in a matching window, or open a new one if no match exists?

Essentially, I'm looking for a way to keep one terminal open running tmux, and open new windows inside of the session rather than spawning new terminals. On pushing a key sequence, I'd like to open a ...
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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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Does window minimizing free memory usage?

Both the undisplayed maximized window and minimized window are invisible to the end user. By undisplayed I mean an inactive maximized window covered by the active window. There is a difference ...
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Configure dwm to automatically open applications

I've just got dwm configured to my liking in terms of colors and tags. I'm just looking for one more thing: the ability to have certain applications automatically start with dwm on certain tags. For ...
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Easily switching over to a dynamic window manager from KDE

I've been using KDE on Opensuse for some time now and I feel like improving performance and using the most of my dual screens. I discovered tiling window managers and thought it would be a cool thing ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Different Desktop for Different Users

How do I (if possible) set different default desktop environments for different users in linux? e.g. when user X login, Gnome Shell starts, when user Y login, Gnome starts. (I'm using ubuntu if it ...
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X, Xorg and D-Bus: what is the difference?

In the process of learning to do certain things in GUI programming (e.g., reserving space on the screen for an application), I have to learn more about the Window Manager, usually X11 on Linux (I'm ...
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Difference between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment?

What exactly is the difference between between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment? E.g.: sawfish vs. gnome.
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Mutter and Intel GMA 4500MHD

I am trying to use Mutter with my Intel GMA 4500MHD (on my Thinkpad T400) in Debian Wheezy. However, it says: Not using GLX TFP and some effects get very slow. How can I fix that?
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Alternatives to FVWM window manager?

I've been using FVWM for over a decade, and for some time I've been concerned that the window manager is dying a slow death. I realize that 2.6.0 just came out a few days ago, and ironically that is ...
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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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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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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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Can you tell a window to spawn behind others?

I have a script that recompiles and relaunches a software project I am building in linux. However, I don't usually want to see my program's window immediately after it has launched, as I want to keep ...
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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 ...
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How to make Mutter default window manager

I'm running Debian Squeeze and removed Metacity in favor of Mutter. How do I avoid having to run mutter --replace each time I start Xorg (GNOME)?
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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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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 ...
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Setting the window dimensions of a running application

I'm trying to start an application within Ubuntu (xfce or gnome) and via the command line and was wondering if there's a generic way to set the dimensions of a given window of a given app that is ...
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Need a programmers advice on *X display manager, window manager and composit manager combination

First of all: I asked this question on SuperUser, when I wasn't thinking about a StackExchange Site for Linux-related questions. So if this violates any rules please feel free to close. I have ...
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Drag and drop between windows in tiling i.e. minimalist WMs?

Do any any minimal WMs, like scrotwm or xmonad (OR any others), support drag and drop between windows out of the box? If so which? If not, is there a way to enable such functionality? A classic ...
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What is the most compatible tiny X server?

I've been building LFS/BLFS for about a month now, with multiple failures and almost no successes, and I've just been informed that there exist Xorg-like window systems that are incredibly tiny, as ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Emacs and windows manager keyboard shortcuts without “Super” key

I found a classic M-series keyboard and I want to use it. However, it does not have the "Windows" key (a.k.a "Super"), only the Shift, Control and Alt modifiers. My keyboard shortcuts are cluttered ...
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Fullscreen game messes with my xrandr dual-monitor setup

I have Gentoo Linux, the Awesome window manager and an open-source ATI driver. Here's my xorg.conf: Section "Files" #ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules" FontPath ...
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unable to change window name openbox

I am using openbox and usually, I have a lot of windows on the screen. One window for the browser and a couple of windows to run a few terminals. The problem is that, when they are minimized, I am not ...
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How to identify which xterm a shell or process is running in?

I usually use long running X sessions with several virtual desktops and many many xterms. I also use job control in the shell (zsh). Sometimes I wish I could identify an xterm a shell or process is ...
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How to get rid of desktop environment and use a window manager only?

I have been using xterm for all my work. I realized that the features that desktop environments like GNOME has to provide are not of much use to me. Now, is it possible that I remove GNOME and KDE ...
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Manage Windows in different ways on different workspaces/activites in KDE 4.5 possible?

I'm just wondering if it's possible to on one workspace (or maybe activity) to use Tiling, and use normal management on another, maybe change some grouping settings on another.
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the lightest way to have a GUI in Linux?

I have been using Gnome and KDE for a while, and I am now running Compiz standalone... Regarding system resource, I think the most heavy ones are feature-rich desktop environments (Gnome, KDE), then ...
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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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The most light-weight Compiz compatible environment?

I require Compiz for organizational reasons; I make heavy use of its window sorting features. But I like light-weight environments so that I can give as much of my system's resources to the ...
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What are the user interface subsystems, their components and responsibilities?

I am trying to understand the different subsystems that are in charge of the user interface, the terminology to refer to them, and how they are structured; so far I know there are: At the top level: ...
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Need advice in choosing a tiling WM

I've used GNOME's default window manager for some years, but now I want to try a tiling window manager. I want it to satisfy these two criteria: WM must be lightweight WM should not be complicated ...
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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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Tiling windows in GNOME

How can I get tiling windows in GNOME?