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Is there a way to open an application (like VLC or Totem) and tell it to be x pixels wide, y pixels high and start at a given location?

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Many X clients support a -geometry argument (sometimes --geometry) which allows you to specify size and/or position of the initial window.

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True. For some reason, though, mplayer doesn't like it when you ask for your window to be larger than the current screen, which renders it useless for me. –  skerit Apr 26 '11 at 13:13

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