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Openbox is a lightweight stacking window manager. It is ICCCM and EWMH compatible and can be used alone or inside other desktop environments such as Gnome.

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Autostart openbox-autostart

I use the official image of the ubuntu 20.04 for NanoPi M4. It uses LXQT desktop environment. I'm trying to add a programm to the autolaunch. I put this into the ~/.config/vnc.desktop: [Desktop Entry]...
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How can I make Atril remember its previous window size & previous document-location?

I have been using atril to view pdf documents for sometime. It is great, except (at least in my environment) it has 2 irritating issues: It always opens documents in a tiny window - I have to use ...
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How to change an applications icon in the taskbar in SparkyLinux?

I am using SparkyLinux. It's their minimal GUI that uses Openbox for the window manager and Tint2 for the panel. I dislike the default icon for the Geany text editor, so I changed it in the .desktop ...
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openbox - disable window move to another desktop workspace

I have a openbox configuration where I have two desktop workspaces. If I open a window in desktop 1 I would like to have the option to disable the move of that window from desktop 1 to desktop 2; the ...
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How to make Tint2 open system tray apps on the current workspace in Openbox?

I'm using Openbox as my window manager on Debian, and I'm facing an issue with system tray icons. When I click on a system tray icon for an application, it doesn't bring the application to the current ...
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log out from slim, or slim restart results in blank screen for several minutes

I am using slim login manager. when I log out from my session, or restart slim from the commandline: service slim restart I get blank console for couple of minutes, before the slim login screen ...
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GUI volume indicator in Openbox

I am using plain openbox as my window manager. I have configured keyboard special keys, such as XF86AudioMute, XF86AudioLowerVolume and XF86AudioRaiseVolume. But how can I get the gui indicator, when ...
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openbox: change text and "box" size when switching virtual desktops

when I switch between virtual desktops, openbox shows briefly a "box" with icons of virtual desktops and desktop name (number). This is ridiculously small on my large monitor, I can barely ...
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LXTerminal sometimes not maximised

I have an autostart script, which runs several commands in an LXTerminal. But sometimes the window isn't maximised, which it's supposed to be according to my ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml. Can someone ...
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change gtk-2 font only for specific application

I have changed general font size for gtk-2 applications by adding this to my gtkrc file: gtk-font-name = "Sans 16" this also affected the text size in the application "dock", or ...
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Convert GUI text selections, in place, from "UPPER CASE", "lower case", or "Sentence Case" to desired case with keybindings

I use Arch linux and Openbox window manager and bash. Everything is up to date with the latest available versions. Often I need to change the case of selected text that is the wrong case in ...
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PulseAudio sets volume automatically at login

PulseAudio sets the volume settings automatically at login with Openbox to some default values (as it seems). How to configure pulseaudio and the autostart files to take the last values from the last ...
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openbox: disable "grab" window that moves together with mouse cursor

Normally in Openbox I can move windows around by holding Alt and grabbing the window with left mouse button. But sometimes I accidentally "grab" a window and then it is stuck to my mouse ...
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disable formatting when using cut and paste

I am using openbox as my window manager. When I copy and paste using Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v from one application into another, it transfers the text formatting together with the text. I have to use ...
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How openbox knows .bash_aliases used in its autostart file

I'm using two commands in a file executed by my .config/openbox/autostart.sh which are also aliased in my .bash_alises and one of them changes from time to time. The thing is that I also use these ...
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Openbox fullscreen alt-tab crashes

When there are any, programs run in fullscreen and i alt-tab or spawn new windows it will crash my openbox vid last 2 line in .xsession-errors.old: How are you gentlemen? All your base are belong to ...
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openbox: change brightness or contrast or saturation only for given window / application

I can adjust brightness or gamma of my whole screen with xrandr. But is it possible to only change these settings for given window in `openbox? For instance, if my browser is too bright and I want to ...
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Want to control volume like windows in crunchbang++ OS

How can I configure the volume up and down keys on my keyboard? I press the volume up, down, and mute keys, but it doesn't work. I want to control volume like windows OS. About my OS OS: Debian GNU/...
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Openbox, limit area for fullscreen windows or hide gtk title bar

I am using Openbox with tint2 panel. I want to run the Midori browser to see only a web page without the gtk title bar of the browser. For example I run midori with this command: $ midori -a https://...
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How to open chrome by default with Openbox (inside docker)

I have this docker image which streams my docker/ubuntu desktop to a browser using TurboVNC. That is all working fine (I'm using this base image to do all that magic for me). This image uses Ubuntu ...
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Linux freezes shut when cursor touches bottom of the screen

Linux freezes shut when cursor touches bottom of the screen, stops responding to anything, happens in LXQT, Openbox and XFCE, tried different distros. Is there any fix to this problem? Specs are: ...
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openbox+fbpanel: highlight current window when using Alt + Tab

I am using openbox 3.6.1-8 on Debian 10. When I use Alt+Tab to cycle through open windows, I see the preview of the applications as I am cycling through them in the middle of my screen: unfortunately ...
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Which openbox config file to use in Lubuntu?

In Lubuntu 22.04, I found two config files for openbox at /etc/xdg/openbox/rc.xml and /etc/xdg/xdg-Lubuntu/openbox/rc.xml, respectively. (And neither of them are symlinks). So I wonder: Which one is ...
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how to restore default kde kwin on cmd?

yesterday I restarted my Kubuntu 22.04 machine and now I have a problem. Normaly my login screen looks like this: I am not 100% sure, but I changed nothing after installation, so i think its kwin. ...
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fbpanel: disable mouse scroll action entirely

I am using fbpanel 7.0-4 on Debian 10. I have applied patches from @Arkadiusz Drabczyk, to put fbpanel on one monitor, and to disable virtual desktop switching on mouse scroll: fbpanel: only use one ...
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Debian: xinitrc doesn't start: Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault)

I have a VM at virtualbox in Windows 11 The VM is Debian 11 (bulleye or something like that) After installing (great!) and configure the resolution as it told here: https://www.ronaldtoussaint.nl/2018/...
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How to remove the Title Bar of Gnome applications

Problem I have one Ubuntu20 Desktop(Gnome) and I want it to be fully black and ideal. As reference, I have taken one Ubuntu20 Server and Installed openbox on it. I hided the title bar of all the ...
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How does a window manager (or X11) handle taskbar?

I am using openbox and plank. Whenever I open (and maximize) an application, the window will automatically avoid collision with plank area. My question is, is it possible to designate a window to be a ...
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Openbox HiDPI scale problem

I installed openbox wm on my 2160x1440px 200DPI Huawei Matebook 13 laptop. But since I can't scale, applications (Firefox, Termianl, Discord etc. ) are not readable and everything is too small. How ...
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matchbox-keyboard grabs the upper half of the screen

When I run matchbox-keyboard, all maximized windows become resized to occupy only the lower half of the screen, while custom-sized windows stay intact. In the screenshot below, Chromium got resized, ...
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how to install themes/icons themes with lxappearance

In lxappearance there is a git "+ install" button but it only accepts .tar.gz files. When downloading a theme/icon theme, the file is a .tar.xz, and when I try to turn the .tar.xz into a ....
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How to use the special character < for assigning shortcut-keys in openbox config file?

According to https://stackoverflow.com/a/1091953/ five characters need to be escaped in XML documents under some circumstances: " &quot; ' &apos; < &lt; > &gt; & ...
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openbox: open new windows in specific locations

Is it possible to configure openbox that it opens new windows of specific apps in certain areas? For example app A should open in the upper left quadrant of the screen, app B in the lower left ...
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Dual Battery Thinkpad shuts down at 50%

My thinkpad t470s likes to cut off with no warning when one of its dual batteries dies, not a great feature. I use Openbox WM, with debian 10, which was installed with Gnome DE, using Upower as it's ...
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openbox: how can i rearrange desktops

I am using openbox in archlinux I have 5 virtual desktops I have opened a set of windows in each desktop now i want to work on desktop5 I want to bring desktop 5 to first i.e change desktop 5 as ...
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xev does not show names for function keys

I have function keys on my laptop, for instance XF86AudioLowerVolume. I can associate this key with some command in my openbox configuration file, and use it to lower/increase audio volume. I found ...
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Raspberry OS lite, TFT display, Openbox : Cannot init x

I just installed Raspberry OS lite (no desktop environment), plugged a WaveShare 2.8 TFT display in and installed Openbox and the tools below: xorg openbox obmenu openbox-menu menu slim (slim for auto ...
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XDM stuck on login prompt

I've recently attempted experimentation with Arch Linux, and have managed to get an install with basic utilities, a network manager, etc going. I plan to use the Openbox window manager, with (at least,...
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Openbox: How to show windows from all virtual desktops in Alt+Tab dialog

I want to cycle all windows from all virtual desktops when using Alt+Tab in Openbox. At the moment, only windows from the current desktop are shown. Is there a way to configure Openbox so that it ...
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Openbox keyboard shortcut to python program

I have a custom python script that I woud like to run when a keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Alt-W is pressed. I have made the customization as follows in lxqt-rc.xml and run openbox --reconfigure but I don't ...
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Openbox mousebinds not recognizing remaps of Pointer_Button1 & Pointer_Button3

In openbox, when I press the left or right buttons from the mouse over the titlebar of a window, the later focuses, raises and unshades. The behavior is given by the following mousebinds from openbox ...
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What is the small edit widget shown in LXDE on Openbox?

When I start typing but no application has focus, a small window is displayed in the corner of the desktop. Any ideas what it is and what can it be used for? Pressing Enter just closes it. Writing a ...
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What is D-Bus practically useful for?

dbus is supposed to provide "a simple way for applications to talk to one another". But I am still not sure what it is useful for, practically. I have never seen a situation where dbus is ...
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Why does this XF86 keybind cause my laptop to hang?

I have a Thinkpad W530 running Archlabs. I've just moved to a new ssd so I'm editing my configs. On the previous ssd, I made it so that when I pressed my ThinkVantage button it would play random audio ...
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tint2: add "systemmenu" to panel

I am trying to customize tint2 panel using the tint2 settings (panel configurator). This is how it looks at the moment: I can add application icons to the launcher, etc. But I cannot find how to add "...
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How to get my terminal to open NeoVim with maximised window size using Openbox rc.xml key bindings?

I am using Openbox 3.6.1 windowing with Arch 5.6.4, and NeoVim 0.4.3, with gnome-terminal 3.36.1. These are the most up to date versions. I am currently sizing my gnome-terminal window using these ...
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Fbpanel on multiple monitors: how to filter displayed application per screen?

Based on my earlier question and answer from Arkadiusz Drabczyk, I have set up 3 different instances of fbpanel, separate one for each of my 3 monitors: This is how I start fbpanel: fbpanel -x 0 --...
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cluster-ssh with multiple monitors

I have 3 monitors, one big and two small. When I start cssh, the xterm windows cover all 3 monitors. That would be fine, if the xterm windows did not overlap the monitor boundaries. But unfortunately,...
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OpenBox tiling keybindings

I'm running OpenBox on a Debian 10 Buster system and I would like to configure it to behave like a tiling window manager. I know OpenBox is a stacking window manager but since it is pretty well ...
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Minimalist X11 tool for night light

I'm running OpenBox on a Debian 10 Buster system and I'm looking for a simple minimalist command line tool to toggle night light (as in Ubuntu). Any suggestions?
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