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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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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xinitrc: starting xterm with tmux causes all windows to share same geometry

I have xterm with tmux open upon startup of X11 with the following line in my xinitrc file: xterm -e tmux & However the -e tmux causes all windows to assume the geometry of the first -geometry ...
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Visual feedback for window focus with Alt-Tab? (Cinnamon)

I have a frequent problem that occurs with window-based desktops like Cinnamon or XFCE, especially on multiple monitors. I very often misread which Window has focus after Alt-Tab. So I will start ...
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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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Why is this autogen.sh script failing?

I've downloaded this window manager from github and it has a autogen.sh script but it failed each time. I don't know what could happen or how to fix it: Output from ./autogen.sh: /usr/bin/gnome-...
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Window content freezes

I recently started using Kanotix, a Debian based distro that loads itself into RAM on boot, and i'm loving it. But this is the second time I have this problem, and I was wondering what caused it and ...
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How can I clone a specific work space to other outputs?

I am using i3-wm with Archlinux, and I nowadays are wandering that: is it possible to clone a specific work space to another output(monitor)? It is different from --same-as as well as --left-of --...
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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 show/...
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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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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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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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Drag windows with right mouse button in Linux Mint KDE

I like how you can drag a window with the cursor anywhere in the window by pressing Alt + left mouse. Is it possible to drag a window by pressing and holding just the right mouse button? Minimize ...
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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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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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Simplest way to tell if a GTK application (e.g. Firefox) is fully loaded and ready, in order to maximize it

In Linux kiosks, in order to reset some applications'state "behind the scenes" (while the screensaver blanks the screen), I use a BASH script which among other things calls wmctrl, with the task of ...
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“Clicking the X” in spectrwm

I'm happily using spectrwm and looking for a way to "click the X", to close a window and kill the process. Both MOD+X and MOD+SHIFT+X just make the window disappear, the process keeps running. How ...
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What is preventing my window managers from recognizing some key combinations?

Since rebooting my system this morning, every window manager seems to have lost its capacity to recognize combinations of keys. I'd started noticing it in xfce4 when I tried to launch the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Partition the FvwmButtons

I've read some .fvwm2rc but I still want to know how we partition the FvwmButtons in Fvwm. How can we assign a specific slice to Swallow specific application?
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A Panel with FvwmButtons

I am trying to make a simple panel out of FvwmButtons. I want to use it instead of FvwmTaskBar. Because there was too many old stuff in the web I asked for Help here. I want to understand ...
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PekWM doesn't List Minimized Windows

I recently installed the PekWM. I noticed when I minimize any window,it will be removed from ATL+TAB List. In other words "the minimized windows are not listed in ALT+TAB menu." I want to know it is ...
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Adjust font size in multi-head setup with different resolutions

I have a multi monitor setting with the main screen resolution 3840x2160 and two additional screens running on 1920x1080. When I drag for example a firefox window between the screens, Windows seems to ...
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A window disappeared after I pressed a key in Openbox, how do I bring it back?

I had Firefox running, then (possibly) as a result of a key combination I don't recall, it quickly vanished from screen and Task Bar/Window List. From my other question it was established the issue is ...
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Can I trigger an alternate keyboard layout based on switching windows?

I'd like to use different keyboard layouts (that I set with setxkbmap) depending on the application window that has focus. So for example, I'd like to switch when I change the window from terminal ...
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Change window manager in Fedora 18

Fedora 17 would let me choose my window manager on login; now with Fedora 18 not only can I not choose it on login, but I can't find a way to change it anywhere. Is there a way to easily switch ...
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GTK::Socket and Gtk::Plug unexpected behaviour under Gnome and FVWM2

The following code works fine if run within FVWM2. But if you change desktop to Gnome, then the embedded window is destroyed instead of being embedded. Why is that? What am I missing?... The code ...
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In wmutils, is it possible to focus windows based on their locations?

I'd like to emulate the behavior of the i3 window manager in GNOME, using wmutils. In i3, I can focus windows based on their location, so if I'm in a window to the left and I want to focus a window on ...
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Metacity themes configuration

What is the user's equivalent file to /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/metacity-1/metacity-theme-1.xml I would like to customise it without the need to have root privilege.
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Windows getting lost behind a full screen Java application when moving mouse cursor to opposite monitor

I'm running RHEL 6.4 and I have a full screen Java application which consists of a JFrame without any window decorations that matches the resolution of the monitor. I'm also running a bare Linux ...
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How to write a simple mutter plugin?

I want to create a very simple Desktop Environment using mutter or libmutter. I found out that mutter is a very simple wm but it can only be customized if I write a plugin for it. so I want to create ...
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dual monitor support on a non-GNOME system

I have Ubuntu-14.04 with x11 drivers and lightweight WM installed on my laptop Toshiba Satellite Z930. I also have an external monitor connected to the laptop via HDMI interface. Currently, the ...
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Alternative to the Xfce panel for fullscreen applications

Xfce4 does not let you show the panel when the active application is fullscreen. What alternative do I have to access the functionality provided by the panel? System info: DESKTOP_SESSION = xfce ...
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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 ...