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 likely that I made the window disappear, though it isn't on either of the two user-displayable desktops.

I am running the Openbox Window Manager on Parted Magic. I don't have tools such as wmctrl or xdotool installed/available, which I understand have the ability to bring the window back to the current desktop, unhide, unshade, or maximize it.

Does anyone know if Openbox exposes this fuctionality natively, or any other way to perform the same with Openbox built-in tools / ones that can be added/used with this distro?

  • Can you not install either xdotool or wmctrl then?
    – slm
    Oct 20, 2013 at 20:57
  • I understand that I would have to compile sources of these tools, in order to get them to use in the current session, something I have had 0 hours of experience with. So, on Gilles advice thought I would ask the above, first, just in case.
    – user66001
    Oct 20, 2013 at 20:59
  • What distro is this?
    – slm
    Oct 20, 2013 at 21:01
  • As this is the second time it has been missed in my questions, I have/will try to, put a link to it in my question/s :)
    – user66001
    Oct 20, 2013 at 21:06
  • I saw the other Q and figured it was that but wanted to double check.
    – slm
    Oct 20, 2013 at 21:53

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Depending on a large number of things, it might be that you have iconified the window. If you are running a standard OpenBox configuration then middle click on the background (aka root window) and it should bring up a menu of top level windows on each of the desktops. Some of these entries will be dim, and in round brackets (). These are in iconified state, select them to return them to normal state.

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