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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WM-independent way to focus/raise URGENT window

I would like to have a keyboard shortcut to "go to" (focus + raise) window with URGENT flag set which looks like URGENT: it appears on the taskbar (Gnome + Metacity) even if it is on desktop other ...
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Application launcher with grid like hotkeys

Is there a desktop enviroment or tool wich can provide the following functionality? If I press a self defined hotkey, a menu of self defined shortcuts/launchers is shown somewhere on the screen where ...
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mint 14 mate: window manager doesn't work after reinstall mate-panel & mate-applets

After doing a sudo apt-get --purge remove mate-panel mate-applets and a sudo apt-get install mate-panel mate-applets for trying to get rid of a trayicon issue on my system, the mate window ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to control window management in Gnome Shell using D-Bus?

I would like to programmatically be able to communicate with the Window Manager in Gnome 3, using D-Bus. The tasks I would like to accomplish are: listening for new windows get window flags (e.g. ...
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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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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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Arch Linux, Openbox and Desktop

I' m installing Arch with OpenBox, I' ve done everything but when I type openbox-session I have this error Failed to open the display from the DISPLAY environment variable. What's the problem?
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How to change the “power key” for ratpoison window manager

Using the ratpoison window manager, how could I remap the "power key" (which is by default Ctrl-T) to something like the Windows button? I have created a configuration file already (~/.ratpoisonrc) ...
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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 ...
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How to have a pop-up window for password appear when opening application?

We have build wireshark adding some functionality related to our use, in Scientific Linux 6 system. After this when I start this using normal user, it will not allow me to use the network interface. ...
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Question on understanding windows manager/desktop environment

Linux newbie here. I'm trying to understand the different desktop environments and how they work together on one machine. If I install a new desktop environment, this shouldn't change the underlying ...
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Custom access/launcher

I'm not sure what to call what I want, so I'll just describe what I want to do. What I'm doing is setting up an old laptop, with gentoo, for my kids. I want to have some program on there that, with a ...
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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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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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Distinguish between Desktop session and desktop environment

I heard/observed following words and want to distinguish information. Desktop Environment Desktop Session GDM Session Shell Window Manager So I can understand exact difference and working relation ...
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XMonad not launching xmobar

For some reason, my xmonad config won't launch xmobar, but it doesn't throw any errors, and the command xmobar launches it fine. Here is my xmobar.hs import XMonad import XMonad.Hooks.ManageDocks ...
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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 ...
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Xmonad: some apps do not start in workspace which I defined in config

This is part of my config of xmonad in ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs myWorkspaces :: [String] myWorkspaces = clickable . (map dzenEscape) $ ["web","doc","ssh","devel","chat","temp"] ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Impossible to resize window

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10 on a Sony Vaio. After I connected my laptop on a projector for my talk I'm having a problem with the size of one window. As you can see below (Fig. 1) the Mathematica window ...
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How to count the number of active windows open apart from that of the window manager?

I would like to count the number of active windows open apart from that of the window manager I am using. I am aware that wmctrl can do this, however, when I do the following: wmctrl -l on my ...
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MATE: Tile 2 windows next to each other

I would be interested in a keyboard short-cut that would tile windows next to each other. I would be OK with the minimal functionality: If there are exactly 2 windows in the current desktop, tile ...
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How do I exit full screen after enabling via the right click context menu of kwin (KDE)?

This is related to my other question: Kate has no window borders, and thus no minimize, maximize, and close buttons In KDE, after right-clickin on any window border, or it's entry in the task ...
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does anybody know this window manager

I am connecting to a cluster with the window manager as in the picture. Does anybody know which WM it is? It does not have even a menu I can open like in twm
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emacs meta key and Mint window manager

First, I'm not sure what window manager is running on my Mint installation. The "Control Center" yields no clues. Nevertheless - whatever I have is grabbing the emacs "meta" key (the option key on ...
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How to get cinnamon window styling

I think I may have chosen Mint-with no codecs from the downloads section. What should I do to get the nicer cinnamon window styling as in this page?. I have attached a file to show how my window title ...
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In the mwmrc file, how can I disable the mouse from resizing or moving a window?

In my local .mwmrc file I have disabled moving and resizing window from the system menu, but I can still use the mouse to move or resize the window. How do I prevent users from doing that with the ...
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How to solve window manager problem in Linux Mint 14 Xfce after installing LXDE?

I like the way Xfce works on top of Linux Mint 14 Nadia (Quantal) - but I also like LXDE that I want to have in parallel. Mint 14 has no LXDE "version" now, and that is too bad. I heard that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...