How do you open the window manager settings from the command line?

I'm trying to modify my keyboard shortcuts, but when i click the applications menu -> settings -> window manager nothing happens.

Hopefully by running it from the command line I can at least see if there has been an error.


I was able to find keyboard shortcuts in the file :~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce-keyboard-shortcuts.xml. These match the values found from xfconf-query -c xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts -l as suggested below.

Unfortunately, only one of the keyboard shortcuts that I am trying to disable is in there. For example, super + up key is maximising windows and is not a binding that I can find using the above technique.

The reason why I am doing this is because the super key is stuck when trying to access via VNC. All solutions seem to suggest simply removing any bindings that use the super key.

  • it depends on what window manager you're running. – strugee Oct 28 '13 at 5:23
  • Sorry, its xfce, the question was tagged with "xfce" but thats obviously not clear enough. Question edited. – muzzamo Oct 28 '13 at 5:30
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    xfce is your desktop environment, not your window manager. you can run different window managers on top of the same desktop environment, which is why I asked. – strugee Oct 28 '13 at 5:36
  • +1 for mentioning the relevant config file for the xfce window manager keyboard shortcuts – stackoverflowwww Jun 21 '16 at 7:50

Assuming you are using xfwm, the default window manager for Xfce, then you can access the configuration settings using Xfconf-query.

For example, to list all the properties in the panel, you would use:

xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -l

There is a list of examples on the project page.

According to the Arch Wiki, you can also run xfce4-keyboard-settings to manage key binds.

  • So if i specifically wanted to edit keyboard shortcuts, how would I do this using xfconf-query? This is the output when i run xfconf-query: murray@echelon:/links/complete$ xfconf-query Channels: xsettings thunar-volman keyboards keyboard-layout xfwm4 xfce4-appfinder xfce4-session thunar xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts xfce4-panel – muzzamo Oct 28 '13 at 5:35
  • Then you would use xfconf-query -c xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts -l to list the current properties and s to switch. I have also updated my answer with another approach. – jasonwryan Oct 28 '13 at 5:42

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