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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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X11: XRaiseWindow and XLowerWindow do the opposite of what is expected. Why? [migrated]

While trying to implement click-to-focus in my custom window manager, I noticed that windows were lowering when I clicked on them, instead of raising. The lines in question looked like this: ...
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What are the differences between xdotool and xautomation?

xdotool and xautomation are two command line X11 automation tools. I've used the former for a while and only recently found out about the existence of the latter, and I'm curious to know what someone ...
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How to close any window in Awesome WM?

Desktop application developers are free to choose which keyboard shortcuts they want to support. On Windows the convention is pretty strong: Alt-F4 closes most applications Ctrl-F4 closes most major ...
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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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How do I obtain a handle to the Window Manager frame for a given Window in Xlib?

So I'm making a screenshooter app that gets the active window using XGetInputFocus(); but when I try to take a screenshot of that window using XGetImage, I get an image without the window decorations ...
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Can I use a login manager to choose different window managers?

I'm working towards an Arch install with a tiling window manager (probably i3) but was wondering whether it's possible to use a login manager and have the Gnome 3 desktop available as a fallback. So ...
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How do I get GNOME 3 to work in Debian Wheezy under VMware?

I just installed Debian 7.4 in a VMware machine. On first boot, it gave me the following error: GNOME 3 Failed to Load Unfortunately GNOME 3 failed to start properly and started in the fallback ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Kate has no window borders, and thus no minimize, maximize, and close buttons

I usually use kate as my preferred text editor, however, whenever I open it there are no window borders, and thus no maximize, minimize, and close buttons. How can I fix this? I tried going thought ...
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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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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 ...
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hardware accelerated window manager

i got a hand me down lenovo thinkpad and i was pleased that it was still comparatively fast as it was running windows 7 very smoothly... but since i switched to CrunchBang (i'd like to think i'm ...
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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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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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i3 and XFCE: how to get rid of the Desktop container, float windows and shutdown the machine?

I'm using the i3 Window Manager, and am quite happy so far, but I have a few issues. Using XFCE, my "Desktop" is seen as a separate container (window). That means that when I open a new program in ...
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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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Fix terminal title after SSH remote logging to another machine

right now I am using an one-line perl code to change titles of my terminal bars, print("\e]0;@ARGV\7"); but every time after I ssh to another remote machine, the title will be modified by the host ...
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Does Gnome Shell use Mutter?

In Wikipedia is written that Gnome Shell in Gnome 3 uses Mutter window manager. But ps x | grep mutter shows that Mutter is not running. Moreover I had experience with working Gnome Shell before I ...
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the lightest way to have a GUI in Linux? [closed]

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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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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Simple X window manager [closed]

I'm looking for a simple X window manager that : stacks new windows over all others on screen has no window decorations at all (no title, no borders, no min/max buttons) opens all windows in max ...
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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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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 ...
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Opening Nautilus without --no-desktop, on Xmonad on top of Ubuntu, what happens?

I have a standard Ubuntu install with an Xmonad install on top of it [1]. Now, when I run nautilus from the command line a view unexpected things happen. While Nautilus does appear, there is now also ...
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Switch to TWM in Fedora 20

I want to use TWM without, say, GNOME or KDE or Xfce. Just plain TWM, no frills. I'm new to the whole desktop environment/window/display manager aspect so I'm not sure how I should go about setting ...
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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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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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Awesome WM doesn't appear on choosing session on login

I've just installed Awesome on Linux Lite 2.0. But awesome doesn't appear when I’m about to login. There's no option to choose awesome during login. This is the content of my awesome.desktop under ...
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Terminology reconciliation: Display manager vs. session manager, Windowing system vs. Window manager

I am taking the Linux Foundation's Introduction to Linux course. Some of the terminology seems to overlap or contradict, especially when I try to supplement the course material with other sources, ...
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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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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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Differences and advantages of window managers in xcb (libxcb) over ones in libx11?

What are the differences and advantages of window managers written in xcb (libxcb) over ones written in libx11? In the field of tilling and new/moderm window managers I often come across these kind ...
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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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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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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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Multi Pointer Window Manager

I test Multi Pointer X (MPX) and I read that there is Multi Pointer Window Manager (MPWM) which has additional fetures to support MPX. The problem is that I can not find MPWM. I googled it and there ...
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Is there is tool similar to ShiftIt on OS X?

I'm looking for a keyboard controlled window sizing utility similar to ShiftIt on Mac OS X: https://github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt