I really love the extension "auto-move windows", but it is rather limited: the "Add Rule" Button shows a list which only contains certain applications -- those that installed through apt, I suppose. (But then, why whould System Monitor be missing then?)

What I want is to add any application I made a .desktop file for to that list. Is this possible somehow?

  • You might be better off opening a bug with the developer or creating a feature request.
    – ILMostro_7
    Jan 22, 2018 at 13:34
  • I just wanted to know if there already is a solution to this somehow before
    – piegames
    Jan 22, 2018 at 18:54

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The gtk application chooser used by the extension's settings used to exclude applications that do not support opening files, i.e. have no URI/file parameter in the Exec key of their .desktop file. This issue got fixed and the fix is included in gtk+ 3.22.25 and newer.

  • I switched to Arch and now have the latest version and it indeed shows every program in the list now. I wonder how long I will still have to wait until my Debian Laptop gets it...
    – piegames
    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:31

Place the .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications/. You should be able to find it in the application chooser for Auto Move Windows.

  • I have an eclipse.desktop file in that exact folder and the application does not show up in that list
    – piegames
    Jan 23, 2018 at 20:52
  • @piegames Strange! It works for me, extension version 34.
    – pomsky
    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:40
  • @pmpsky How do I check my extension's version?
    – piegames
    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:45
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    @piegames Go to ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ (if the extension is installed locally). Look for the folder associated to the extension and open it. Open the metadata.js file, the version should be written in it.
    – pomsky
    Jan 24, 2018 at 9:49

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