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Focus the first Window Where pcmanfm is Running

From the command line, what is the best way to locate the first window where pcmanfm is running, and then give that window focus? pcmanfm does not showcase it's application name on the title bar of ...
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Interface for finding the currently focussed window / Application

Background I'd like to create an assistive application, that is only shown as long as the user "needs" it (like a dictionary, that is only shown until the user clicks somewhere outside it's ...
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how xfce's 'switch application' in window manager actions can use recently used application order?

In window manager actions, is it possible to modify the xfce's 'switch application' to use recently used application order? Like Alt+Tab does. Thank you for helping.
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Libreoffice's insert special character window looks HUGE (can't resize to smaller)

I write this post because I have the doubt about this being a libreoffice bug, a GNOME bug... or what could be the cause, because I don't seem to find and issue related to this anywhere else. When I ...
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How to resize a window independently of the window is it locked to?

I am fairly new to using Ubuntu and have found if I snap a window to the left of the screen (either by dragging it to the edge of the screen or pressing Super+Left), and snap another window to the ...
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How to add gaps between tmux panes?

Tmux with split panes usually looks like this: |-----------------------|-----------------------| | | | | | | | ...
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Is it possible to tell xdg-open (or alikes) to open a window in the background?

I am using xdg-open with cronjobs to open our time-management web-app once per hour to log my time (among other repeating things). This works very well, but has an annoying usability problem. Once ...
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What should I look for in a window manager?

I'm looking into window managers for the first time and I don't really know how to compare them. Can somebody please explain some things in the Wikipedia table head? Type (Stacking|Tiling|Dynamic etc....
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is it possible to align the order of i3 bars in i3 window manager?

I am using two i3bars. I want bar-0 on top of bar-1 both at the bottom position. is this possible? if it's not possible in i3bar config, any tweaks are appreciated in code or configs like using sleep ...
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How to force a software's splash screen to the back

I am having an issue with a software that I launch via SSH on Linux Mint. As I run the command to launch it, its splash screen appears and stays on top of every other opened window, across all ...
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Can Sway be used as a full screen compositor

I never like the "desktop" metaphor, so when Wayland rolled around I switched to Sway thinking that a tiling compositor was what I wanted. But after using Sway for a few months I realized ...
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Altdrag like to resize with mouse left in KDE

Altdrag is efficient. But I want to use mouse left button with other key like Ctrl to resize Because it's pretty difficult to resize by altdrag with mouse right on a laptop trackpad. It's very easy to ...
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XFCE: launch application so that closing one closes all

I want to launch multiple applications (e.g. 3 PDF viewers) in a manner that, if you are done and close one of the windows, all of the applications launched together all close as well. What is the ...
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Xfce: launching a program on another desktop without wmctrl

Running in Xfce with several desktops defined, I want to launch a program and have it start in a desktop that's different from the one which has the current focus. I know how to write script which ...
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Is there an equivalent of Hammerspoon (macOS) for Linux? [closed]

I like Hammerspoon for macOS, and I want to switch to Linux. Is there something equivalent to Hammerspoon for Linux?
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Xfce — Metacity window manager — how to change theme?

In Xfce we can change the window manager in Desktop Settings from Xfwm4 to Metacity. But then the system GTK theme is not followed, because Metacity has its own theming settings. That system theme ...
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Xfce — middle-click lowers window: where is that Xfwm4 setting?

In KDE I have noticed the Kwin capability of editable mouse actions on the window frame, including the middle-click (I used it for "close"), which is normally missing in other window ...
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How can I set a group of windows to focus when one is focused

I'm looking for a WM or a method for Cinnamon which would allow me to focus a group of windows, bringing them to the front, when any one of them is focused. For example, I have an IDE with 3 windows (...
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How to minimize an application window from command line

I have a startup application that has no option to "start minimized" or "close to system tray" etc. and therefore would like to use a startup script that will first start the application and then ...
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FvwmCommand WindowList - get layer information

I'm trying to get information about running windows with all the information that is shown in the menu of "FvwmCommand WindowList" output. (Redhat Linux 7) The problem with this command is that it ...
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KDE: How to set shortcut for Pack Window -> Corner / Center

I found the "Pack Window" shortcuts available in KDE and they work very well: I would like to add shortcuts to move the window directly into the screen corners. Currently if I wanted to get my window ...
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Start multiple Firefox tabs (with 5 seconds interval) Minimized From Bash script

I want to open several tabs from a particular domain each with different assets as defined in a bash script. To avoid getting banned from the server, I open tabs with an interval of 5 seconds as ...
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Standalone X program to list open/minimized windows

I'm currently using a floating window manager (w9wm) which does not provide a "taskbar"; windows are either on-screen or, if minimized, listed in a menu available by right-clicking the desktop. If a ...
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Switch between X applications without a window manager

I currently have a Java application that interacts with a web application. The Java application is launched first and becomes a full screen application; then chromium-browser is launched on top of it ...
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How to minimize all windows on a particular monitor in XFce?

I need to minimize all windows on a specific monitor (monitor0) from the command line. A specific script is run, and it will call for all windows on that screen to close. The effect is the same as ...
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Can windows on my desktop be automatically arranged to fill in any gaps?

On different desktops I will arrange my windows in such a way to provide the most optimal placement for that workflow. The annoying part of this is then adjusting the size of each window to fill in ...
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How to add a fullscreen button to xfwm4 window buttons?

I quite often use applications in full screen mode. There are several situations, but the most common is during presentations. At such times, I need to quickly toggle this mode, but don't always have ...
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Can I change the Cinnamon taskbar to show each open program window separately?

Is there a way I can see each window for open programs separately in the task bar, instead of the default of a little icon I have to hover the mouse over to be eventually shown several microscopic ...
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Chrome won't snap correctly

Since I upgraded to Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.1, I cannot snap my Chrome Window to the left or the right. It only snaps to the top or the bottom, for both my laptop monitor and also my second monitor. ...
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Minimize button loses window Linux Mint 19.1 Mate

I've installed Linux Mint 19.1 with the Mate desktop. When I click on the minimize button on any window, the window disappears and I can't find how to return it to the screen. Any running process, ...
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Open a application on the second Screen

I have one pc with one graphic card and two displays connected (one is a touchscreen). Openbox is used a window manager. I try to start two instances of the chromium-browser in the kiosk mode (--...
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How to crop windows (not images) under Linux?

Is there any method, e.g perhaps a specific window manager, that has the ability to crop windows? I am currently running Ubuntu 18.04, but am flexible... Setup: I use "alt click" to move windows, ...
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How to open child windows on same display as cursor in Gnome?

I'm doing a bunch of work in Pure Data on Ubuntu 18.04 & Gnome 3.28 with a dual-monitor setup in which the secondary monitor is to the left of the primary. Working in Pure Data involves frequently ...
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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 float, not the new window.
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Troubleshoot Cinnamon window list entries appearing temporarily

Background https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/WI-39812 Something in the application is causing a window or entry to temporarily appear on the task bar (or "Window list" in my panel). The ...
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Gnome "auto-move windows"-extension does not show all applications

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. (...
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Can I use .desktop to treat a process as a separate app?

I would like to run a special instance of application foo on the GNOME desktop. Normally all foo windows are grouped together, but I'd like one instance to be treated as a separate application bar: ...
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Stop windows from being rearranged when an monitor is disconnected

I have two laptops and just got an KVM to switch between them. But on my Linux Ubuntu 16, when I switch the screen rearranges and moves all windows around. So when I switch back, I can't work out ...
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python script to minimize all but one window kills panel

I was following the guide here to make a keyboard shortcut that would minimize all windows except the current one via this python script: #!/usr/bin/env python import wnck import gtk screen = wnck....
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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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How do I open a file with ansible-vault edit from inside vim?

Usually, when I want to open a file encrypted by ansible-vault for editing, I just run ansible-vault edit <filename> - this decrypts the file to a temporary file and opens it for editing. ...
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How to put a window on more than one desktop, but not all, in kde

I am using kde, and have multiple desktops. I can display a window in any desktop, or in all of them. However I would like to display a window in some of them (3 of them). How do I display a window ...
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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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How to identify window by clicking in Wayland

I'd like to identify which process a window belongs to in Wayland. Is there anything like xprop for X that allows the user to pick a window by clicking and outputs all window details, including PID?
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How can I drag windows on Openbox without title bar?

I removed the title bar from Openbox by modifying the /openbox/rc.xml. I know that I can use keybindings to minimize, maximize, close, etc. But, how can I drag the windows with the mouse like I did ...
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Prevent maximised window from using top few lines of the screen, in kde

I am using kde, I have virtual box running on one virtual desktop, in seamless mode. This works well except that my kde windows can cover, or be hidden by the task bar of the guest (this bar is at the ...
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Is it possible to have `i3-msg focus <direction>` to not wrap around when there is no window in the given direction

I am using i3 as my window manager, and I would like to avoid wrapping around when pressing $mod+<direction>. For example, If I am in the rightmost window on the workspace, and I press $mod+...
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Start Tor browser in Unity without grabbing focus

I want to start Tor browser in background mode, i.e. I want to open a browser window but I want my terminal to keep the focus. I tried some solutions but they did not work. For instance: nohup ...
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make window "always on top" - on boot?

I use openbox window manager. to keep a window always on top... I right click on the title bar and select Layer ---> Always On Top is there a way to do this via command line ? Reason I am ...
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Is there a way to arrange multiple windows in one window?

I want something like terminator, but not only for terminals, but for any gui apps. Is there anything like this? May be a tiling wm in a window. Google suggests I can use Xnest or Xephyr to do that. ...
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