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In the X window system, a window manager controls the way your desktop works, including how the windows look and act.

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How to configure xmonad to respect the sticky (_NET_WM_STATE_STICKY) and floating (_NET_WM_STATE_ABOVE) window tags

An xprop call on such a window reveals these two flags in its _NET_WM_STATE property: WM_STATE(WM_STATE): window state: Normal icon window: 0x0 _NET_WM_STATE(ATOM) = ...
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GUI executable launched from terminal is missing title bars

I will try to explain. I have a linux installation (openSUSE LEAP 15.3) with KDE installed, but it's only used for very specific situations. Systemd is defaulted to multi-user.target with a kiosk user ...
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Bspwm session displays only grey screen and keybindings dont work

Here are my bspwmrc and sxhkdrc files #AUTOSTART picom --config ~/.config/picom/picom.conf nitrogen --restore & $HOME/.config/polybar/launch.sh pgrep -x sxhkd > /dev/null || sxhkd & ...
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Almost multiseating with Xephyr

With swaywm I'm almost multiseating (two people simultaneously using the same computer) with two keyboards, two mice and one GPU with two outputs. At the start of the sway session, one nested X ...
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Openbox - query window width and position within a keybind action

I'm trying to configure a keybind in Openbox that performs different actions depending on the active window's width and it's position on the screen. These can be relative values like "50%". ...
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How to show all windows in XFCE?

In XFCE's windows settings, there is a command called Show Desktop. It minimizes all windows and well, shows the desktop. A more detailed description can be found here, for example. Is there a command ...
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start terminal based apps from launcher

I'm trying to launch neovim from my app launcher (which is wofi), but the thing is when I click on it's icon, nothing happens, I'm on archlinux with Sway as window manager. How can I get those apps to ...
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X11 doesn't recognize certain windows

While trying to stream a game on Discord, I noticed that it didn't recognize the game. After looking further into this it seems that X11 seems to display the window but not actually recognize it when ...
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How to remove borders from all full screen floating windows in XMonad

I've been trying to achieve this for some time now. But can't figure it out how can I do this. On this topic I've found this video that explains very well exactly what I want to achieve but I can't ...
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How can I always spawn mpv with no borders in Xmonad?

I'm having an issue with mpv because of the xmonad borders and I'd like to be able to always start mpv, floating, with no borders at all, and also to keep the functionality of mpv keybindings as is by ...
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suddenly all my windows closed

I was working in Linux Mint 20.2 with XFCE 4.16 and some keyboard shortcut suddenly closed all my windows except the one I was working in. I have no idea what I did. I reopened Brave and instead of ...
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Grey box when running JetBrains Rider on Arch Linux

I am trying to get JetBrains Rider running on my Arch Linux laptop. I already have the suggested fix: ~ ❯ echo $_JAVA_AWT_WM_NONREPARENTING 1 ~ ❯ However, when I try to run Rider, I still get this: ...
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How can I fix window resizing with virtualbox-guest-utils on Arch Linux on virtualbox

I have installed Arch, X using: sudo pacman -S xorg-server xorg-apps xorg-xinit xterm and VirtualBox guest utils using: sudo pacman -S virtualbox-guest-utils however virtualbox still gives me a ...
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How to disable point to focus mode in twm?

I have installed simple twm to be able to run Android Studio on remote server. Unfortunately, it seems to me it works bad with point-to-focus mode in twm. Many windows in Android Studio are "...
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How to configure a desktop file so that I can set different parameters for a same application with KDE

Example of behaviors I have been able to set different windows of Vscode to open on different desktops or activities by targetting the window title. I have done the same with gnome-terminal using ...
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Focus window by title in GNOME Shell 41+ under Wayland

In my shellrc I have a function to activate (focus / bring to the foreground) a window by its title, using the org.gnome.Shell Eval dbus interface. (The xdotool approach doesn’t work under Wayland.) ...
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In TWM, how to move a window that is completely offscreen? [duplicate]

I've managed to get GIMP starting up completely off-screen somehow. Other applications are unaffected because they use click-to-place, but GIMP wants to just place it's own window. What methods are ...
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Toggle fullscreen in Xmonad?

I'm new around Xmonad WM and haskell is completely new to me, so be patient. Running the almost stock ArcoLinux Xmonad. I'm trying to setup Xmonad WM to be able to go full screen at anytime and in all ...
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Where can i configure the following focus policy:

While i have either: One of my monitors with an app in fullscreen, or A menu open, i prefer: No timeout of the menu (or fullscreen) No tethering of the mouse No closing of the menu (or fullscreen) ...
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What's all about the process of invoking a file with a mouse click in ubuntu (generally in Linux)?

First of all, I apologize for the beginner's question. I still can't think of what's going on in the system (Ubuntu 21.10) after, for example, I click on the "Files" icon and then on a file. ...
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i3 font size changed after Space got stuck

I'm using Arch 5.14.12-arch1-1 with i3 as the window manager. The other day, while browsing in Firefox, I did something trivial (like changing a Firefox tab or jumping to another i3 workspace or just ...
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Autostart script not working in Qtile on Manjaro

I have Qtile installed on Manjaro, and in the config.py I have it set to run and autostart script autostart.sh. However, when I start Qtile it does not run, I get no errors or anything. I have to run ...
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i3 GTK & Qt theming problem

Applications that use Qt and GTK look different how can I fix this, i’m using i3 is there any software to theme Qt? PS: I’ve heard about lxappearance but it only works for GTK
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Chrome window gets too big when maximizing on linux mint xfce

I have following problem. I am new to Linux and went with Mint as my distro. On windows I always used Chrome as my go to browser because I do a lot of webdev and like to have the best support for ...
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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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Windows manager affects saved passwords in Chromium based browsers

I am running Arch Linux with KDE. I've recently started looking at more light-weight window managers and am running into an issue. When I use a windows manager other than Plasma, both the Vivaldi and ...
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No Settings -> Window Manager in XFCE4

I am under Ubuntu 20.04, using XFCE4. When I click Menu (Upper left cross) -> Settings in the Applications Menu (added to the panel via this) I expected to have Window Manager available (PS: I ...
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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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Blender can't copy text to WM clipboard, how to fix it?

Original question: how to copy a text/numeric field value to clipboard on linux for blender v2.93.4? https://blender.stackexchange.com/questions/239139/how-to-copy-a-text-numeric-field-value-to-...
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How could I find out what my desktop environment or window manager is from a command line command?

Is there a command line command to see which DE or WM you are currently using?
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Pop!_OS make windows fullscreen (not F11)

On my Pop!_OS machine (Ubuntu derivative) I sometimes use the full-screen mode in browsers to focus more using the F11 key. Now, running macOS as a VM via sosumi, I'm in the need of making that QEMU ...
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How to fix/reset windows manager?

I am unable to see the running applications in the panel. I can't switch between open windows. How can I fix it? I tried to open windows manager and windows tweak manager but they won't open. So far I ...
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Gpick's purpose is defeated by semi transparency of un-focused windows

I use picom to have non-focused windows be semi transparent in i3. The drawback is that this makes gpick totally ineffective, as in order to pick a color it needs to be in focus, so the other windows ...
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Should I start applications started via xmonad as background tasks?

Tiling Window managers can start programs such as web browsers and terminal emulators from keybondings, or during startup. When started, these applications become child processes of the window-manager ...
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How do I send a window to the back (lower it) in GNOME Shell?

Most window managers let you send a window to the back. For example, in MS Windows, it's AltEsc. In twm (and the like), you can configure it. In fvwm2 it's called the "lower" function. ...
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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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Chaining Commands in herbstluftwm depending on the number of windows in the frame

I am wanting to configure window close behaviour so that, when I press the Mod+Shift+q. If the frame has one or no windows, close the window and remove the frame. If it has more than 1 window, only ...
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What is the command in Awesome Window manager to let go of a key that has not been let go of?

My v key is locked up after I use the below snippet in my rc.lua file. Background Hotkey combinations are usually all pressed together at the same time. I am using the function key Fn which works as a ...
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KDE/xorg: How to prevent windows from being only almost fullscreen?

The Problem: Strangely enough, I've had this problem on every operating system I've used, including Windows. Sometimes windows open not-quite-fullscreen. I don't know why they do that, I certainly ...
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Which Linux distros have good multi-monitor support for differing DPI, scaling and resolutions?

Which Linux distros have good multi-monitor support for differing DPI, scaling and resolutions? I have 4 27" monitors with 3 resolutions between them: 1080p, 1440p and 4k. Windows handles per ...
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Weird graphical effects on colored text with asus eeepc

I have an old Asus eeePC 1000H netbook with a weird graphical bug in the window-manager. 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics ...
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How to hide terminal when opening a GUI application (pdf, jpg, etc), and make it reappear when closing?

I am using a tiling WM (AwesomeWM) and alacritty as my default shell. When I open a file (from the terminal), it opens it in a new window, next to my terminal. This is rather annoying and not what I ...
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Xfce: Tab Key No Longer Navigates Within Some Dialog Windows

Xfce 4.10; Gtk 2.24.25 For example, zenity --question invokes an austere zenity question dialog window with default verbiage and two buttons, as expected. But, with focus on said window, pressing the ...
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Gnome3 Hot-corner/super-key behaviour now zooms out displays, how to revert behaviour

So previously, my hot-corner in Gnome 3 gave me some options of programs to open (same behavior for the super key). I'm on two monitors. Now it zooms out both screens (slowly and with lag on good ...
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KDE 5: How to achieve "new windows follow mouse" behavior on a dual screen setup

In KDE Plasma 5.19, I would like to achieve a window behavior which all new windows open on the same monitor that my cursor is on... I have this desired behavior working at my job, in an earlier ...
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Do any desktop environments (preferably KDE) support separate X screens?

I am looking to run KDE plasma 5 on multiple X Screens (:0.0, :0.1, :0.2, etc). My current set up is 2 displays on 2 separate X screens with nvidia drivers, but when plasma starts only :0.0 actually ...
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Kwin, xdotool, and wmctrl

I have been trying to do something similar to what described in this thread and create commands to arrange windows in KDE beyond the quicktile functions currently available. I love them, but they are ...
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Gnome + i3wm on a 4K display - ruined my DPI scaling in Gnome

I have an issue with the user interface scaling under Gnome 3.38. I am using it only on the internal display of a Dell XPS 15 inch laptop with a 2160p 4K display. Nvidia dGPU with proprietary driver. ...
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Qtile doesn't install on Ubuntu 20.04

I'm trying to install Qtile on a fresh install of Ubuntu 20.04. According to the Qtile installation documentation, Qtile is no longer supported by apt, and an installation from source is advised. ...
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Why does the X window system handle keyboard input?

When people discuss the X window system, they mostly focus on the display side, i.e. how it is a networked system that handles and coordinates the graphical output of different applications in the ...
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