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i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager inspired by wmii. It supports tiling, stacking, and tabbing layouts.

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How to unstack windows

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 ...
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i3-wm keep resizing my VM

On manjaro 17 with virtualbox 5.1.6 or 5.1.8 as soon as I install the guest additional driver to my Windows 7 VM i3 start resizing automatically the VM windows to its minimum making it unusable. It ...
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Feh and i3-gaps not playing nicely

so I'm using exec_always feh --bg-scale *wallpaper* and it sets it correctly. I'm also using i3-gaps which can be found here. When I start setting my windows up, my wallpaper starts freaking out. I'm ...
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Set bindings in i3 to control keyboard backlight

For my i3 window-manager settings, I am looking for a command line tool, similar to xbacklight, but to control the brightness of the leds which are in the keyboard. Basically, I can set up the leds ...
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How to reset dmenu app launching preferences in i3

I accidentally selected "terminal" instead of "background" in dmenu when I launched a GUI applications. Now, every time I launch the app I get an unwanted terminal. How do I reset the dmenu preference?...
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How do I change from gnome to i3 Debian 8

I have read all over the Internet about changing text files or running commands to change my wm but none of them work. I have looked all around the gnome lock screen for a button allowing me to change ...
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How to configure gdm for login into a sway session?

I have installed sway window manager on Fedora 27. The system uses gdm as its login manager. But gdm does not provide sway for selection as the login session. Only Gnome, which is also installed on ...
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No sound on fresh install of Debian

I'm using Debian with i3. I have both pulseaudio and alsa installed but I cannot get sound to output.
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How can I uniquely identify different GVim instances?

With gnome-terminal, I can use the --role command line argument to make the new terminal window uniquely identifiable by the window manager or other applications, for example: gnome-terminal --role=...
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Open a specific application in a *new* workspace with i3wm

My question is something like this - but I don't want to open a given application on a specific workspace, I want each instance to open on a new workspace each time. The OP in the linked-to ...
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floating (i3wm) qt application (albert launcher) black box/border - config issue?

I am using i3wm (specifically i3-gaps) along with albert launcher. I'm observing some weird behavior where there is a large black box behind albert when it is called. See: albert should just ...
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Bind alt but not altgr in i3

I use Mod4 for most keybindings in i3, but I use Mod1 for this: bindsym Mod1+a workspace a bindsym Mod1+b workspace b bindsym Mod1+c workspace c bindsym Mod1+d workspace d ... However this binds ...
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i3-wm not resizing screen resolution on login

I'm using Parallels for the Mac, but this may be relevant to other VMs too. Using Ubuntu 14.04, when I login using Unity it resizes the screen and uses all available screens (2 in my case), perfect. ...
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i3 - locking screen with 2-factor authentication

I'm running i3 window manager and have 2-factor authentication on my system. It appears that i3 and i3lock do NOT support the additional prompt for 2-factor authentication, but merely pipes the ...
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i3-wm clipboard is cleared when I close a window

I'm using i3 and normally I can copy text between windows no problem but if I close the window where the text is copied from before pasting the clipboard seems to get cleared. Any ideas on how I can ...
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Problems with enabling multimedia-, volume- and brightness-keys in the i3 window manager with Macbook Air

I'm not able to make the multimedia-, volume- and brightness-keys to work in the i3 wm on my Macbook Air from 2015. I have inserted the code which is supposed to enable the buttons however it doesn't ...
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i3: How to start a program with long startup time on a specified workspace

Is it possible in my i3 startup file to specifically configure a desktop on which to start a program, but only starting it there once without assigning that program to the desktop in general. I am ...
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Can't disable fullscreen from i3 script

I use an i3 binding to execute the script #!/bin/sh i3-msg workspace web /bin/chromium --start-fullscreen sleep 5 i3-msg fullscreen disable The last two lines are to disable the fullscreen (I don't ...
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File manager of common dialogs like Open or Save

Are those dialogs common to most X windows programs, such as open, save as, etc, something that you can tweak? I am trying to reduce my use of the mouse and I find it hard with the default one (I am ...
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hibernate / suspend problems

Problem The Fn-F4 function key combination does not result in hibernating, instead it resets the internet connection instead Symptoms pm-hibernate and pm-suspend just reset the connection. ...
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i3wm running in Arch Linux guest (VirtualBox) stops auto-resizing

I'm trying to get Arch Linux to work on VirtualBox. I've followed the instructions on the ArchWiki and the OS boots fine (running linux-lts kernel, with virtualbox-guest-dkms Guest Additions ...
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i3 bar replace tray icons by text

I would like to know how if it is possible to replace icons like the ones of nm-applet by text, and how I can do this if it's possible. The main reason I wan't to do this is because I use i3-gaps ...
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Changing the lock screen in xscreensaver to i3lock

I am running Arch Linux + Fluxbox. I have installed i3lock but the screen won't lock automatically as the program isn't designed to do that. Now, I want to change the default lock screen in ...
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i3wm: How to move windows between monitors? [closed]

In a multiple monitor set-up with i3, how do you move windows between monitors using keybindings?
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Incorporate nm-applet in i3 window manager

I have Lubuntu 17.04 with i3 window manager. I am tryig to open the network manager from the i3wm but I can't. The internet connection works by going to the defaiult network that I set via LXDE, ...
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How do I prevent pointer from jumping when tapping touchpad?

I'm running i3 with xterm in Arch Linux on a laptop. My issue is that whenever I try to move the mouse cursor, it seems to initially register it as a tap, causing the cursor to teleport to the spot on ...
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How do i make guake start with tmux?

i am using i3wm and guake. I always use tmux inside guake to have split functionality detach function etc is there a way to start guake by default tmux running ?
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i3wm: how to make multiple monitors switch workspaces in a single binding

With Unity, both of my monitors are always on the same workspace. If I start at workspace 1 and then press ctrl+alt+right, both of my monitors shift to the new workspace to the right. This behavior ...
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i3w missing/blank system dialogs

When I open a system dialog (like File Open, Save As, etc.) in Firefox or Chromium I only get a white blank screen (no borders or anything). As I can press escape/enter to dismiss the dialog I ...
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Execute script from i3 config

Question: I'm using i3-wm and I have Mod3 working as a hotkey. I have the following in ./config/i3/config: #This command works bindsym Mod3+f exec "firefox" #This doesn't work nor do my other ...
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XRDP Custom Resolution (Fedora 19)

How can I configure a custom display resultion for xrdp sessions? I want the session to use all the display size, minus few lines for the original decorations. that will be around 1920x1050, a ...
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Opening a programme in a floating window in i3

I want to open a programme in a floating window. I tried exec emacsclient -c ; floating enable, but that made the window that was active before floating, not the new window.
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i3 assign spotify to workspace

I'm trying to assign Spotify to a specific workspace but with no luck. My i3 config file looks like this #Startup-programs exec firefox exec spotify assign [class="Spotify"] $ws4 assign [...
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i3wm: Start applications without class attribute on specific workspaces

I've recently installed the i3 window manager on Arch Linux. I have been able to set everything up except the opening of apps into certain workspaces because some applications can only be opened via ...
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Populate an entire pre-configured workspace in i3wm

Is it possible with I3Wm to populate an entire workspace with determined size, position and commands for each window? I know I can do i3-msg "exec xterm -e 'ls; bash'" to create a new window, but I ...
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nohup cmd & in i3

When I run nohup google-chrome & in i3 terminal it will start a new terminal with google-chrome. But if I close the terminal where I ran the nohup command then the google-chrome terminal will also ...
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How to change i3 theme

So I'm trying to change the theme of i3 to this: http://lovelybacon.deviantart.com/art/i3-Finally-it-all-comes-together-563203883 and I have no clue how to do this, does anyone have a tutorial or can ...
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i3 xterm menu (ctrl+mouse) too small

I've recently started to use the i3 window manager. I configured i3 and xterm to fit my needs, but whenever I start xterm and want use the menu (ctrl+mouse_button), the menu gets displayed as a small ...
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Use only left alt as modifier in i3wm?

Is it possible to set modifier only to left alt? I need to write special characters using right alt (or alt gr), therefore I would like not to have right alt bound to i3wm shortcuts. I've set mod ...
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How to stop scrolling from changing workspaces in i3 on CrunchBang++?

I installed CrunchBang++ on a VirtualBox machine. I installed a few packages from the welcome script and the VirtualBox guest additions. I then installed i3 and set it as my window manager by creating ...
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Maximizing a window (Keepassx2) from command line

I'm using i3wm and Keepassx2 on an Arch-Linux installation. I configured i3 to automatically move a window with the window class "Keepassx2" to a certain workspace $WSKP. I also configured $mod+P to ...
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How to set the default web browser used to open URLs under i3?

I have tried to set my default browser for opening URLs to Chromium using: xdg-settings set default-web-browser chromium.desktop (yes I checked out whether /usr/share/applications/chromium.desktop ...
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How can I set what i3 returns as the window manager name?

I'm trying to run the Quartus Prime Lite software, however no GUI shows when I try to run it after installing. I read that its possibly because my window manager (i3) is returning a non-standard ...
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What is starting i3 when I run startx?

I'm trying to find the configuration file that startx uses to start the i3 window manager. The weird part is, grep -r i3 returns no relevant results in ~ and /etc/X11/. I have checked every file I ...
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cycle through split, stacked, tabbed modes with single shortcut (and skip stacked mode, too)

I somewhat find pressing Alt+w, Alt+e and Alt+s to use the different modes confusing due to the following reasons: I fail to see the difference between the stacked and the tabbed mode (and would like ...
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How to install i3wm window manage on centos7

I want setup i3wm on centos. I try download rpm file i3 in rpmfind.net but two package (i3-doc <-> i3-wm) have interdependent. I try search google but no answer: How to use i3 on CentOS 7 with ...
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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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Application dpi change on runtime - Xserver

I try to handle problems with Linux X-Server with mixed dpi displays. At the office I would like to use two non HDPI displays, else I like to use the HDPI screen of my XPS13. The best results on the ...
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Default application used for “open folder” in popup menu

When I enter, for instance, xdg-mime query filetype Video/movie.mkv, the output is video/x-matroska; if I then enter xdg-mime query default video/x-matroska, the output is mplayer.desktop, and that is ...
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keyboard freezes after opening program, mouse keeps working

I'm not so new to Linux in general, but I am new to Arch. I've installed it twice (the first time on an HDD, just to try while waiting for the SSD to be delivered to me, the second time, a few days ...