A window manager takes care of the placement and appearance of windows in a GUI-driven operating system. Sometimes, the term also refers to plugins that extend this basic functionality.

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Why is vlc systray icon in i3 status bar

Somehow VLC has put a little icon in my i3 status bar. I know that I can go into VLC preferences and uncheck the "Show systray icon" option to remove it, but my question is how is this happening in ...
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Starting programm into window manager

Is there a way to start a program from a terminal, that is not a "child" of the window manager (p.e. XFCE), into a window manager? The executed program has to be detached form the terminal (and my ...
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Garbled “save as” dialogue in pdf reader(s)

I've got a problem with the "save as" dialogue in the PDF reader on Windows 7. The Save and Cancel buttons are blank, without any text, the folder-select drop-down menu shows only folder images, no ...
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In a dual monitor setup, how to find which monitor a given window is on?

I am writing a python script to resize and organize windows, just like the grid plugin does in compiz-fusion(except that I am on Debian Wheezy). I am using xrandr and wmctrl to get the resolutions of ...
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In suse linux, how do I control where a new window will pop up?

Linux and Unix have always sought an open area on the desktop to open a popup window. In these days of dual monitors, this can be very annoying. How can I force a pop up, like an "Open file" window ...
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What is this window switcher (screenshot) running on Windows Vista and how do I disable it?

I'm diagnosing a problem on a friend's Windows Vista machine. Basically it has this intermittent issue where without any user input, it seems to activate some kind of window switcher/tiler program ...
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How can I keep KeePassX *always* on the current workspace?

I use KeePassX as my password manager. I am running GNU/Linux Mint with Xfce. I like to keep KeePass always on the visible workspace (which I can do by selecting that option after right-clicking the ...
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I3 wm: application icon on all monitors

Some applications such as skype, audacious place an icon on status bar, but it is only displayed on 1 of my monitors, how do make it shown on both of them? I am using Mint XFCE4 with I3 window ...
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Kick window to the opposite monitor under TwinView?

In Windows, under dual monitors, I can flip the active window to the same location on the other monitor by hitting Win+Shift+Left/Right. I can also "aero snap" the window to either half of the current ...
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How to open a terminal in Sawfish?

I am running FreeBSD and I installed Xorg and then Sawfish, I got it working and running: a black screen with a black mouse... that is all. It moves and all but none of the mouse buttons do anything. ...
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Mousing to the edge of the window to bring the rest of it on screen (How to?)

Moved from StackOverflow I have searched (what I feel) to be more than a reasonable amount of time on this and the results keep bringing up answers that are almost right (ie. Turn on Aero Snap). In ...
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Configuring larswm to use touchpad in Debian Wheezy

I have probably a rather strange taste regarding window managers but the best one I have found so far is larswm. Although it is available in Debian Wheezy, making it useable involves a bit of system ...
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Trying to install new wm broke lightdm

I am trying to install bspwm for my debian machine, and I've been following this guide for dummies. So far, all the desktop environments and window managers that I've added on were all done through ...
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how to make four windows of the same app fill four quadrants of a screen using slate

I can move a window to the top left corner of a screen using something like this in slate bind a:shift;cmd;alt move screenOriginX;screenOriginY screenSizeX/2;screenSizeY/2 usually when I fire ...
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how to resize window to quarter screen width and height in slate

I'm using slate as a window manager, and I would like to bind a certain key combo to automatically resize and position the window as follows window width and height will each be half the size of the ...
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Disable fullscreen mode on a uncooperative window

I have a program that opens in fullscreen mode. It doesn't provide any way to fix this within the program, and wmctrl -b remove,fullscreen has no effect. (Nor does the equivalent xprop command.)
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Remove JEdit floating windows from window cycling

I am using JEdit 5.1.0 on a Centos 6 box, with XFCE as the desktop. JEdit has a main window, and can also have other floating windows. The 'Search and Replace' window seems always to float, and other ...
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Nautilus changes my fluxbox experience, how can I bring the original configuration back?

I am running Fluxbux on Ubuntu Linux desktop machines and I noticed this happens at least on Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 13.04: I usually install from a standard Ubuntu distribution, and afterwards ...
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How do I keep a specific window on top of others?

I used to use PowerMenu to be able to keep a specific window on top. But it does not work on 64 bit versions of Windows 8 (or 7 for that matter). Is there something similar that will do the trick?
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Viewport based window manager?

Currently I use AwesomeWM for a tiling window-manager. I love it. However I am getting a 4k monitor (3840×2160, that's like 4 1080p screens together). I think that with this screen it would make more ...
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How do I make PyCharm's code completion windows appear in the right place in awesome?

I'm using awesome window manager in a triple monitor setup. I'm having trouble getting PyCharm to work properly in it. Mainly, when ever a code completion window opens, it appears in completely the ...
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Make KDE tile in thirds, or anything but halves/quarters

So, I have a big monitor, or at least big for me, and I sit rather close to it. (I don't have a desk, I have a tray table with a keyboard in my lap.) KDE comes with the ability to tile to quarters ...
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How do I open a GUI app/executable without a window manager managing it? (Ubuntu)

I need to open an app, say timer.py by entering the command "python timer.py", but the window opens with a window manager managing the app, I want the app to just open without the "top and border", ...
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bspwm socket error within startx

I've ran into this frustrating problem. I am using Elementary os and I am working on getting bspwm working. I have done the setup following the bspwm for dummies wiki article. All is smooth until I ...
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Sxhkd not recognising percent key (bspwm)

So I want to create a keybinding using my sxhkd that functions like the binding to create panes in tmux. I have created bindings before so I know that I can use xev to print out key names, here is ...
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Cinnamon Shortcut to Move Window Between Monitors

I'm currently setting up a new Cinnamon environment, and all my shortcuts are working properly. I managed to find this script online which I've bound to allow me to move windows between monitors: ...
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How do I keep a window on top in Windows 8 [duplicate]

In Windows 8, how do I keep a window above other windows, like the "Always On Top" option on many Linux desktops? Related: Is it possible to get the Ubuntu 'Always on top' functionality in ...
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Is there something like a sub-desktop, or a set of windows in XMonad?

When working on different tasks on a project, I have a very similar setup for each task: On a free desktop I Open a terminal window, an editor and a debugging window. Can I manage such a set as one ...
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How to have three applications side by side on Windows 8?

How can I have three applications open side by side on Windows 8? Seems like a simple thing to me but after spending an hour on Google still no answer. I know there is a 3rd party called toolbox that ...
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Linux Mint 14 window manager is broken

Suddenly since yesterday my window manager is broken, I can't: Resize my windows Move my windows Switch applications (Alt-Tab) Change focus to other windows (Current window is always on top, I have ...
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Fedora window manager list

At the login screen of newer releases of fedora there is a drop down menu "session" where you can choose the window managers you have installed. gnome, mate, gnome classic, XBMC. etc How can I put an ...
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Is there any way to remove the caption blurbs beneath each of the application name headings in the whisker menu in XFCE?

I feel it is unnecessary and too much text becomes distracting and disorientating for me.
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Execute script after the window manager loads

I want to start a few applications right after my wm (dwm) loads, where can I put my script so this happens? I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and using dwm.
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Windows 8 Restart Desktop Window Manager

Is there a way to restart the Desktop Window Manager in Windows 8? Note that this is not Explorer, but DWM itself (restarting Explorer didn't do anything for me). Currently mine is using 4,352MB RAM ...
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Regain access to running OS

So shortly I could kick myself, before discovering a fast RAM growing DLLHost, did (I assume) Windows decide to instead kill the Window Manager, just after I went to switch user into an existing ...
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How to deal with windows larger than screen in stumpwm?

I'm thinking about switching to a tiling wm, namely StumpWM. So far I find it very nice, but sometimes I stump;) on a non-resizable window larger than my netbook screen. In Unity, I could just ...
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Is there a software for defining areas in Windows for sticking windows in them? [closed]

There are some softwares offered by Philips or Asus that come with their Monitors. Like when in Windows 7, if you pull a windows far to the left, it will suggest that the windows will take half of ...
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Show windows desktop when running Emerge Desktop

I am running "Emerge Desktop" and I would like to show the old desktop. I had some calendar application running that would draw the calendar on the windows desktop, but after the switch to emerge ...
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What do you call the GUI part of an application switcher?

I'm post configuring ArchLinux and I'm trying out the ultra-minimal window manager EvilWM. Out of the box it switchs apps in the normal way, but lacks the GUI feedback window (the one with the box ...
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Automatically restore windows as monitors are connected and disconnected?

I'm looking for a Windows 7 equivalent to the Mac OS utility Stay that let's you "automatically restore windows as displays are connected and disconnected". I have a laptop that usually stays ...
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How to move cursor/focus to another monitor using keyboard shortcut in KDE?

I want to move focus of the cursor/window between monitors through keyboard shortcut in KDE, is it possible? It should be something like ctrl+meta+j/k in awesome wm.
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right-click (xdg-open) opened up some opaque windows covering my screen; xkill won't kill them

I right-clicked on something in chromium with relatively low memory. Chromium opened up some opaque right-click boxes and never filled them in and won't kill them. These are now covering part of all ...
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Desktop Window manager crashes with aero on rotated dual-screens

I just got a new monitor and plugged it into my computer and got two displays working just fine. I have the original monitor (1680x1050) and the new one (768x1024). The second monitor is rotated 90 ...
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Why would you cascade windows?

Windows and other GUI systems give you the ability to cascade your windows -- arranging them in an overlapping fashion, with each title bar visible. What's the purpose of this? Why would you cascade ...
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Looking for a persistent way to remove window border and manually size

I've been using this program for a long time: WinExplorer v1.30 However, the key word in my question title is "persistent". I would love to find something similar that supports some sort of profiles ...
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Reserve space on my screen for Conky in Xfce

I'm trying to make Conky act as a panel so that it reserves space for itself correctly. The problem is, if I have own_window_type panel own_window_hints above (source) in my .conkyrc, maximized ...
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wmii on Debian not working

I did a fresh install of Debian 7.1 headless, and installed wmii along with several X packages. Wmii opens when I run startx, but not completely, and it is unusable. Although I'm fairly proficient ...
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Minimize/Maximize current window keyboard shortcut

Are there any Keyboard Shortcuts for maximizing, minimizing and resizing the current window? I am on Ubuntu 13.04, Gnome-latest version.
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run a bash script at logoff, shutdown, and restart on Linux

I need to run a bash script each time a Debian-esque thick client logs off, shuts down, or restarts. Outside of that, it can be any distro, desktop environment, window manager, or otherwise ...
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Minimize and restore all VM VirtualBox windows simultaneously (as a group)

I do all of my development in virtual machines, which has numerous advantages. I've found that I like VM VirtualBox the best for this, and I love supporting free software. But I can't get any work ...