Today I installed Linux Mint Mate in the default configuration and it has an annoying habit of forgetting window sizes and positions after they are closed. Everything gets reopened in the top left corner. I would like it to behave as Windows does, nothing fancy. Is there a solution?
Lets do a few things and see how it goes. Compiz is the window manager you have in mate desktop. Follow these steps.
Install the package 'mateconf-editor' via terminal using this command
In the next reboot, if the cpu spike has not come down, we will just move the marco binary which will stop it from starting by default. Just open the terminal again and give this
Go for a reboot and this should help you.
I had the exact same problem. I am running MATE configured to look like Gnome 2.X, and my Window title bars were showing up underneath my upper panel!
Adding to the answer above, once Compiz is installed properly and configured to be your only window manager, go to the "Compiz Config Settings Manager" and make sure that under "Window Management" "Place Windows" is checkmarked and configured. Click "Place Windows". Under the "General" tab, you can change the placement mode. Personally, I find 'Cascade' works very well for me. Good luck!