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I pressed Mod+S and my windows flatted into a stack of bars. How can I undo this action or expand them back into their original configuration? The best route I found was to individually select each window and to Mod+Shift+arrow key to split horizontally. Surely there's a trick I'm missing?

  • It would greatly help you get an answer if you provided any information on your setup such as the actual operating system and window manager you use. – Julie Pelletier Nov 13 '16 at 22:04
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    @JuliePelletier, it's tagged as i3... and this is a basic function of i3 no matter the underlying OS – Wolf Nov 13 '16 at 22:05
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You can switch between three modes:

  • $mod+S for stacking mode
  • $mod+W for tabbed mode
  • $mod+E for standard mode (aka splith/splitv - the one you seek)

More info on the User Guide.

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$mod+e should switch to tiling mode again.

  • Tried that to no avail, but perhaps I had to select the whole stack or something first? – Wolf Nov 15 '16 at 18:32
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Answers here are correct but you need to make sure you're switching modes from the same window where you started it. For a simple test, do the following.

  • Open two windows in tiled mode
  • $mod + s on window1
  • Switch to window2
  • $mod + e on window2 # Doesn't work
  • $mod + w on window2 # Doesn't work
  • Switch to window1
  • $mod + e on window1 # Works!
  • $mod + w on window1 # Works!

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