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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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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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus without raising window

So right now I have 'focus follows mouse' enabled, and windows don't automatically raise on focus, which means I can have a window in focus that is partially behind another window. Now, when I use ...
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Can a Window Manager simulate virtual screen size?

Following these instructions, I now have a Raspberry Pi connected to an Adafruit 3.5" TFT display. The display has a fixed resolution of 480x320, which presents problems when viewing some fixed-sized ...
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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 ...
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How to deal with tearing in Gentoo on NVIDIA?

See Why is video tearing such a problem in Linux? for the reasons behind why tearing is a problem in the first place, and why the usual "tricks" usually suggested (like "disable compositing", ...
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What exactly happens when I type “startx” in the command line? [closed]

I would like to understand what happens when I type startx on a modern Linux* machine internally. Can anybody explain this process, step by step? * Debian GNU/Linux, if it cannot be generalized to ...
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How to update focus when toggling tags in Awesome WM?

How to reproduce: Install awesome, firefox and xterm. Start Awesome WM with my current configuration. There should now be an XTerm window in the first tag ("shell") and a Firefox window in the ...
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How to configure LinuxMint 17 to invoke commands from the mouse?

My PC runs LinuxMint 17 in the 64-bit MATE edition. How can I configure X (or MATE?) to invoke these two commands from my mouse (which is a 6-button Logitech M705)? send the clicked window behind ...
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Notion wm independent workspaces

Does anyone know how to configure the Notion WM (fork of ion3) to have workspace switching spearate for each monitor while still be able to move windows between monitors. That is I want to be able to ...
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How do I execute a program in Xfce and make it use another xfwm4 theme other than the default one?

I want to run a python script (the one in the answer to Python - how to make transparent window with gtk.Window but not with Gtk.) that displays a transparent window. I'm running it from a bash script ...
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How do I suppress the title bar and window decorations on a maximized window in Gnome 3.12?

I'm trying to get rid of the top title bar on a fullscreen-sized window under Gnome 3.12.2, using the gnome-shell WM. In earlier versions of Gnome this was not difficult to do, but it apparently has ...
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Priority for “always on top” X windows

I have two windows on my Xfce desktop that need to be open all the time and they are set to always on top. They overlap each other, whenever I click on one of them, that's expected behaviour. Is ...
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In AwesomeWM, is the use of `c:kill()` as soft as clicking on the red cross in another window manager?

In AwesomeWM, windows are closed with the method c:kill() (bound to Meta-Shift-c) When I use that key binding, the window just close instantly! Therefore I wondered : Is that way as soft as ...
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Is it possible to make a window invisible to clicking in fluxbox?

I'd like to display a few things "on top" of everything else, but making it click-through-able (Conky, or a video player, for instance). Is this possible in fluxbox? Or even in another window ...
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I disabled Compiz and the title bar on every windows is missing now

I am on Linux Mint 15 (Mate). I installed Compiz following the steps in this tutorial. Then due to some problems I faced, I decided to disable it. So I executed the following command: metacity ...
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Load only webpage on logon [duplicate]

I would like to know if it's possible to load only 1 web page when Linux logs on with an automatic user. This server will be used only to display information, no interaction is required and even if ...
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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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Alternative Window Manager [closed]

Is there a window manager, easy to install on Debian, that uses very little resources? I only need bash and Firefox/Chrome, java and flash. And maybe something like notepad++ for Linux. Though I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Launcher on top of X11 as a window manager

Im on the process of building a Launcher for other applications, on top of X11. The requirements are the following: The launcher must start with the system (The launcher can be seen as a fullscreen ...
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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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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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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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make wmaker default window manager - get rid of Cinnamon

There are a lot of questions and answers for setting the default window manager, e.g., here and here. I'm using Debian Jessie with XDM. I've tried editing /etc/X11/default-display-manager and using ...
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bspwm switching monitors doesn't work

Any ideas why switching monitors with super + {_,shift + }{1-9,0} doesn't work until after I run this line in my terminal: bspc monitor -d 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 bspc query -T Here is my ...
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Running X11 apps on a screen with limited bit depth

This is a bit of an esoteric query, but I want to export the X11 display from my Raspberry Pi to an old Mac capable of only 256 colours. That's fine as far as it goes - but the colours are so mangled ...
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Wifi toggle script not running properly through i3

I have the following line in my ~/.i3/config: bindsym XF86WLAN exec ~/.i3/i3-scripts/toggle-wifi.sh toggle-wifi.sh: #!/bin/bash if nmcli nm wifi | grep -q "disabled" ; then nmcli nm wifi on ...
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Is Enlightenment a full DE or just a WM?

I installed Enlightenment on my Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon. I thought it was just a Window Manager that I could switch to and use within Cinnamon. However, I found that I had to log out to my display ...