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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Help with diagnosing a mdm/Cinnamon freezing problem?

I use Linux Mint 16 64-bit Cinnamon. I've just deployed it on two computers and (again) suffer from spontaneous freezing of the graphics terminal. Fortunately the rest of the system seems to be ...
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minimal window manager to enforce visual chroot and exit on application exit

I am trying to have a kiosk style setup on raspberry pi where only one application is available via VNC e.g. gedit or firefox. Using a guide like this http://gpio.kaltpost.de/?page_id=84 the setup of ...
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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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Full GUI with a minimal number of pre-installed applications [closed]

I'm using a desktop environment in a distro both of which should be "minimal". However, there's still too much bloat (while, of course, I've had to install some other programs that I need). I've ...
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Issues with Gnome window management in two display screens

I am troubleshooting this GUI application running multiple windows, some of which are small and made explicitly to stay on top of the main window (which usually stays on the first display scree). The ...
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Dashed line on top and below a window when window scrolling is required

In Cinnamon deskop, how to remove this dashed line, that supposedly wants to indicate that the items in the window are not all visible and you can scroll up or down? For example in nemo when there is ...
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Unicode fallback font

When the system displays a text, whose responsibility is to select the appropriate font for the letters? Let's say I have the following 3 fonts installed and I open a website with letters and ...
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How to start mutter as a xsession?

I am making a Desktop Environment (DE) in which I will be using the mutter Window Manager (WM) as the default WM. I am new to DE's and WM's. So how do I start it in a script and pack it in the ...
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How to use i3 on CentOS 7 with Gnome?

I have a CentOS 7 with Gnome running on my machine. Now I want to use i3 as the window manager. I managed to install i3 but I don't know how to make CentOS 7 use i3 now. I tried to edit .xinitrc like ...
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Setting usable area of the screen

I am creating a dock for my own usage. The problem is, when I maximize a window, window takes dock's space too. Is there a way to restrict the area used by other windows? I guess it is related to ...
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i3wm : start applications on specific workspaces when i3 starts

How can I start applications on specific workspaces in i3 when it starts? Why is this not working in my config file? : workspace 1; exec firefox; workspace 2; exec chromium; workspace 1
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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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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 ...
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Does Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon use Muffin or Metacity WM?

When I run wmctrl -m on my Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon, I see that my WM is "Mutter (Muffin)". However, after switching WM's, when I want to get back to the default WM, neither mutter --replace or muffin ...
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What controls the design of the context menu and what controls the interaction with the context menu?

I was trying to see if it would be possible to customize the way my context menu looks. I don't want a theme, I want to make the context menu square or circular or something similar to that. Would ...
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What is the story behind Client Side Decorations?

So, Gnome apps currently use exclusive Client Side Decorations, with GTK Header Bar containing buttons, menus, title. What is the story behind implementing Client Side Decorations? Is it Gnome ...
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Is it possible to change the default window animation in Gnome Shell (preferably to fade in/out)?

Instead of the default zoom in/out animations when opening and closing windows in Gnome Shell, is it possible to have a fade in/out animation? I am mostly interested in this because when opening a ...
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What display manager/window manager can support multiple monitors with different dpi?

There is no permutation that I have yet found of window manager / display manager, that correctly scales windows and applications on two different monitors with two different DPIs. I have a 40 inch ...
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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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How to disable the wallpaper manager in various DEs?

I'm making a script that sets the background image/wallpaper using feh. However, feh only works for WMs and DEs with no wallpaper manager (such as i3, xmonad, openbox, etc etc). I want to know how to ...
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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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LightDM greeter simple prompt Xubuntu 15.10

I've got a problem configuring LightDM (version 1.16.5) under Xubuntu 15.10 such that the greeter only shows a simple prompt like user: __________ password: __________ without proposing users ...
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Using Mutter as pure WM

I am making an Archlinux USB stick. For interface, I usually use GNOME, but it is so much heavy for a 16GB USB Stick. The last time I build an USB stick I used openbox, and I liked it, but I was ...
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How to customize window manager for VNC?

I am new to VNC setup and right now out of ideas what to do. My configuration -- VNC server on openSUSE 13.2 plus VNC viewer on Windows. It works. However it works with twm, and I would like to have ...
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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 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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Xfce 4: how to change keyboard shortcuts globally (for all user accounts)?

I changed some window manager shortcuts through Window Manager>>Keyboard and Keyboard>>Shortcuts. Now, as it happens these changes take effect only on the account where they were set (I'm using Xfce ...
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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 ...
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behavior of window manager when has expand monitor

In Debian system: two monitor: monitor A:1920x1080 monitor B:1360x768 monitor A is the major screen, has a fullscreen window. when i change resolution of A to 1024x768 (or any other resolution ...
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Fluxbox's Auto-grouping/auto-tabbing: Does it work anymore?

I'm having hard time building a working setup of fluxbox autogrouping. If anyone happen to have it working, I'd love to have a look at the .fluxbox/apps file. Here's the relevant part of my ...
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How to resize two windows at the same time in Cinnamon?

I find it quite practical the ability to tile windows using Super + arrow keys in my Linux Mint box (using Cinnamon). My common use case is to be able to see two windows at the same time, while ...
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No Menu Bar, Windows not visible (Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon)

Yesterday I did apt-get update && apt-get upgrade to make my system up-to-date. It went through without any error. After rebooting my Menu Bar 'disappeared', there's just a dark gray bar ...
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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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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 to make openbox display window in certain area only

I have a display with a native resolution of 1024X600. I set it to 1024X724, because some window can't be display in the native resolution. I have to use the mouse to do the panning. But for the ...
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Cinnamon Menu Applet Won't Display

Cinnamon version: Cinnamon 2.6.13 OS: Fedora 21 When I run cinnamon --replace, there is no error messages for menu applet: js-Message: JS LOG: About to start Cinnamon St-Message: cogl npot ...
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Starting an Window Manager on hybrid graphics system fails

I'm a completely new user of Arch Linux. I installed the system nearly like described by the German beginners guide. The most important things according this problem: Bootmanager: GRUB Installed ...
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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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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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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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How to get alt+right mouse to resize windows again!

I'm frustrated that this was removed/altered in gnome-shell3. There are certain key bindings for resizing and moving windows like alt+right click etc, that I'd like back. I've tried to use the system ...
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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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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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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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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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Bspwm and Lemonbar - integrate bash script into the current bar

So I've got lemonbar (formerly bar) with Bspwm up and running. I have the colors the way I want them. I also have a bash script, which when run separately from Bspwm - just "./bash_script | bar -p" ...
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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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Run an app with a window manager behind in a separate X server

I want to launch an app in a separate X server. It needs a window manager behind it, though. I created a script #!/bin/sh x-window-manager & my-gui-app and launched it with xinit ...
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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 ...