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Text editor with split screen option

Is there an editor which has the option to "split the screen" into two or more parts, accessing more than one file (possibly with a file tree) without opening more editor windows at once, and how ...
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Why Mac applications never get “closed”?

I'm a Linux/Windows/Mac user. I like all systems, *nixes more than Windows, but I like all nonethless. I started using a Mac this year, and a difference between Linux and Windows that I can't ...
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How to set window size and location of an application on screen via command line?

I want Firefox window to be opened in a specific size, and location on screen using a shell command, for example: firefox myfile.html size 800x600 location bottom-left Is there such a command?
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Does window minimizing free memory usage?

Both the undisplayed maximized window and minimized window are invisible to the end user. By undisplayed I mean an inactive maximized window covered by the active window. There is a difference ...
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Retrieve the window name and role

I'm running Eclipse and I detached some of the windows. Now I have 4 windows linked to Eclipse. What I need is to be able to identify each individual window and be able to control it. If I run tools ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to make a window occupy half the screen?

Is there a keyboard shortcut I can use to make a window occupy the left or right half of the screen? I'm using a modified version of Ubuntu. On Mac I just use Divvy but I'm not sure if there is a ...
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Is it possible to retrieve the active window process/title in Gnome?

I need a solution for getting the current active (focused) window information on a Gnome 2 desktop. I'm mostly interested in the process running that window and window title. Is it possible? ...
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Is there a way to simulate a “Close” event on various windows using the terminal?

I answered on Ask Ubuntu Quit all instances of gnome-terminal via a command but as you all can read gnome-terminal didn't seems to have a SIGcall I could use to simulate this "Close" event. So this ...
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Shell script: find iconized programs , if found , activate it

Stardict uses a tray icon , also allows multiple instance of itself , but sadly , i don't use a panel , so no notification area available. But when I hit on close , it minimized to tray , is there a ...
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How can I disable terminal resizing

Vim scripts sometimes resize the whole shell (in my case the Taglist plugin). I don't want this behavior, which is possible with the shell command resize, too. Is there a way to suppress the whole ...
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How do I find the X window ID under the mouse pointer in bash?

From a bash script, is there some way to get the ID of the X window under the mouse pointer? (edit) I need the process to be non-interactive.
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Mint 16 Cinnamon, maximize window fully

I am using Linux Mint 16 Petra cinnamon. The problem I have is that when I drag a window to the top edge of the screen the window only maximizes to the top half of the screen instead of the the entire ...
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Can you tell a window to spawn behind others?

I have a script that recompiles and relaunches a software project I am building in linux. However, I don't usually want to see my program's window immediately after it has launched, as I want to keep ...
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Wait for a X window to appear/disappear (in a sane way)

Inside a shell script, I need to wait for a window that has a string on its title to appear, do some action, and then wait for it to disappear, and do some other action. Until yesterday, I had this ...
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Open PDF previewer width specific size and position and “always on top” from command line

I'm using latexmk -pdf -pvc to keep compiling my LaTeX files to PDFs while they are displayed in evince. I'm doing that a lot with different files and I keep needing to zoom the PDF content, resize ...
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What is the max number of x-clients?

I am developing an x-server implementation, and I want to make it as similar to the current one as possible. I read through the documentation, but I couldn't find anything specific. In particular, ...
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remove title bar of another program

I have developed a program with glut library and want to remove its title bar. Since its impossible to remove the title bar from glut library I have to use an external tool to remove its title bar. ...
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Get PID of the application running in the active terminal emulator

My end goal is to be able to open a new terminal window (urxvt) directly in the current working directory of the program running in the window currently active. I'm currently using the shell (Bash), ...
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Override the window title for an arbitrary window in KDE and set a custom window title

Using KDE here, but there might be a solution that works with other desktops environments too. I often am dealing with many many windows. Most windows contain many tabs (e.g. a Dolphin window with ...
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tell xfce to resize all windows when external monitor unplugged

I wrote a nice little script that changes my monitor outputs according to whether an external monitor is connected or not and whether the laptop lid is open or closed or not and so on. That works ...
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Gnome3/Archlinux move windows with keys?

Looking for an app that will allow me to move my Gnome3 windows with keys like Ctrl+Alt+Home to move to top left corner of the screen. Essentially, this is what Winsplit revolution does on windows. ...
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How to move windows across displays in Gnome 3?

In Gnome 3, moving windows with the keyboard shortcuts Meta+← and Meta+→ can be convenient. Now, I have two displays installed and would like to move windows across the displays without ...
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Switch to an application using its PID

I'm using Gnome. In vim, I want to map a key to switch to Firefox. I know that I should use bash commands (a command in form of !...). Is it possible to switch to an application using its PID?
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sftp from Unix server to Window

I am trying to sftp from a Unix box to my computer. I'm use the command: sftp userid@ipaddr where "ipaddr" is the IP Address of my computer. But I'm unable to connect. I tried with ftp and sftpg3, ...
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How to refresh a window by terminal? Or how to simulate `F5`?

I would like a way to refresh a specific window by the terminal. Probably I will need a comand to find the id or the name of the window and a command to refresh it. It looks like xrefresh cannot do ...
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send keystroke to process

I'd like to run some applications in fullscreen. Even though they don't have an explicit such option, it is possible with the metacity Alt-F11 command. So, I thought I could create such an input like ...
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Group and lock certain windows to a workspace in Gnome 3

Is it possible to group certain windows to always occupy the same area and always be in the same workspace? If so, how? For example I'm using Eclipse and I have multiple detached windows and for ...
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Linux Mint (Cinnamon, Muffin) set a keyboard shortcut where one of the keys is a mouse

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Edition. I want to create a keyboard shortcut involving the mouse. Specifically, I want to make it so clicking Alt, right-click, and dragging my mouse allows me to resize the ...
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Spawn 6 windows in 2 rows in the i3 window manager

How can I bind a key that spawns (via the exec command) six terminal windows? I managed to figure out how to do this, but all windows were on one row. What I would like to have is that 3 on top and 3 ...
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What process created this window with no PID associated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What process created this X11 window? I need to kill a process that spawned a window which seems to have no PID associated with it. At least that is what xdotool says: ...
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Keyboard shortcut for horizontal scrolling

Is there a utility I could use to scroll the active window horizontally using the keyboard?
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How to measure that how much time is the active window opened?

How can we measure that in a given period, what window was on the top? (active one) I already tried based on "wmctrl", but I can't show the currently active window.. in the second example I tried ...
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How to disable popup inscriptions in gnome 2?

When one moves mouse cursor to certain positions following inscriptions appear: "Window Menu", "Close Window" and so on. How to disable them?
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Start window in specific size and location, is there a general tool can do that?

Is there a general program, that start my GUI program, and able to specify the size and location of this program ? Not just X programs, but also other GUI libs.
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Switching between 2 windows on Linux

Hi I need to switch focus between two windows periodically and automatically (with software or w/e). Can this be achieved on linux?
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Get the full window dimensions (including decorations) in Unity

I have used the answer to How do I find the window dimensions and position accurately including decorations? in my bash scripts, and had good success with my Silentcast application on Xfce, but now ...
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How to move a window from one Window Manager to another running WM? [duplicate]

I use libreoffice on my X11-server and then I want to continue to work on the same text in the same window from another place using VNC. So, it would be nice if it is possible to detach a X11-window ...
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How to resize application windows in an arbitrary direction (not vertical and not horizontal)

One of the most annoying things for me in using Linux, is resizing an open window, such as a terminal window. I'd like to resize the terminal window (make it larger or smaller). But when I put the ...
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Theme config files for programs of common GUI toolkits

As a follow up to my previous question, I learned that theming in windows (when using a tiling window manager) could be achieved by modifying config files for the different GUI toolkits, for instance ...
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Fvwm Vector Buttons

I am trying to add windows buttons to my decor. (button numbers 1 6 4 2) AddToDecor MyWDecor + AddButtonStyle 1 Vector 7 70x15@0 30x55@1 50x55@0 40x85@1 80x45@0 60x45@1 70x15@0 + AddButtonStyle 2 ...
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Emacs - finding the cursor in multiple windows

I've started splitting my emacs frame into two side-by-side windows, but often I'm unable to tell at a glance which window the cursor is currently in. I've bound the other-window command to a special ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a system where is already Mint and Windows 7?

I have already installed Linux Mint on Windows 7 so now I have dual boot with Linux Mint and Windows 7. They are both on diferent partitions. I have 1 free partition left. The question is how to ...
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specify geometry of a new gnuplot window in lxde

I have a script that runs a calculation and then plots the result using gnuplot script file. The problem is that I need to make more than one plot and I don't want windows to cover each other. I ...
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Is there any way to resize scale application GUI window?

Is there any way to run an application scaling its GUI window? (Well, I'm using MATE but hope for universal solution). For example, up scale small window of an old game running under wine on ...
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How can I make window borders transparent in Gnome?

I want to create a GTK+ 3.0 theme (for Gnome 3.6+) that features transparent window borders. Is this possible? If so, how can I do it?
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How to emulate a KWin effect by command line?

I would like to apply the Toogle Invert Effect when I start my system. So, I need to know how to call this KWin effect using the terminal. OBS.: I'd tried xte "keydown Meta_L" "key i" "keyup ...
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How to convert Windows 7 partitions to qcow2?

I know I can use qemu-img tool to convert a raw partition into a image file. But Windows 7 has two partitions. I tried: qemu-img convert /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 win7.qcow2 But the generated file does ...
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Problem with maximizing windows on extended desktop (2 monitors)

I'm running Mint 11, with Compiz activated. I have extended desktop over 2 monitors. But I have issues when I need to maximize windows – it's stretched over 2 monitors, not inside one. I know ...
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How to make LXTerminals open maximized in Lubuntu 11.04?

I have Lubuntu 11.04, I start my terminal sessions with a shortcut. The annoying thing is that the terminal windows are never maximized when I launch them, so every time I launch a terminal I must ...
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Use SSH to connect to a Windows OS in Linux [closed]

sorry,I reedit it.. In Windows machine ,I installed Ubuntu in my oracle vm virtualBox. In Ubuntu, if I want to connect to another Linux machine, I will write a command line in bash, like: $ ssh ...