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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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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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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How can I use Nautilus on Fluxbox? It adds gnome desktop, makes fluxbox menus unusable

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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to set different window managers to different users under Linux

I want to restrict different users to different sets of window managers. For example, user A: openbox, fluxbox user B: openbox user C: openbox, fluxbox, metacity How can I do it? Additional ...
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Can't bring windows forward in Windows 8 unless I click on icon in taskbar

OK, I have this weird problem with my brand new Windows 8 install. Sometimes, moving my mouse to a program doesn't bring it forward. The only way to get to the program is then to click on the icon up ...
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can I set mouse focus in OSX [duplicate]

I would like to use my MAC mini like I use my linux boxes without having to install X11 and another window manager. The primary feature I miss is mouse focus without a window having to be in the ...
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Restarting window manager on Windows 8

When Windows Explorer (the window manager) crashed on Windows 7, one had only to open the task manager by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Esc, choose File -> New process and run explorer again. Actually, sometimes ...
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Windows 7: keyboard shortcut to drag windows by clicking anywhere in the window? [duplicate]

Is there any keyboard shortcut in Windows 7 to be able to drag windows around by clicking not on the upper bar, but anywhere in the window? In GNOME Linux, this can be done by Alt+LeftClick dragging ...
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Have remote X app open without manual “placement” on my local display

I am running X on my local machine and then using ssh -Y username@remotemachine to connect to a remote Debian server. Once logged in to this remote Debian server I type iceweasel at the command line ...
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How to remove window decoration under OSX?

I want to try a tiling window manager for OSX like this one: https://github.com/fjolnir/xnomad. I found a tool to remove window shadow here: https://github.com/pufuwozu/toggle-osx-shadows But ...
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Windows/OS X: Is it possible to switch to a window in a particular direction?

I'm looking for the functionality that you can find on window managers like awesome, screen, and tmux where you can specify the window you want to switch to with a directional key. When using ...
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Windows Middle click on titlebar

Is there an application which provides similar functionality to modern linux distros in where if you middle click on a window's titlebar it is sent to the back of the stack in windows? It seems like ...
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Control awesome window manager from console

I would like to accomplish the follwing: determine current tag X in awesome window manager sleep for 10 seconds Jump to tag X no matter what the current tag is. I know i can control awesome via ...
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Can you set your visual studio 2012 windows to be independently active?

When using Visual Studio 2012 with multiple code windows on each monitor, I would like to be to have only one active code window. If I am browsing a stack overflow answer in my browser and I give ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Unity: how to assign applications to specific workspaces?

I always use my last workspace (workspace 4) for email and instant messaging. In KDE I could use the window menu (right-click on title bar) to tell KDE to move new Thunderbird and Pidgin windows to ...
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Compiz equivalent

I am using Mint 14 Cinnamon and would like to install something similar to Compiz. I love to bind key shortcuts and mouse clicking to perform some frequently used actions. I know Compiz is unstable so ...
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Can't move or resize windows - fluxbox

I recently uninstall fedora on my laptop and installed opensuse instead. Everything was working fine. Since I used fluxbox with fedora and I still use it with opensuse, I decided to use my old ...
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Can I install an alternative window manager on Mac OS X?

I come from the Windows and Linux world. Is there an alternative window manager for OS X such that I can move the "stoplight" icons from the left to the right on the titlebar of the window, and also ...
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Windows 7: window moving [duplicate]

I have recently installed Windows 8. But now in Windows 7, when I move windows, a line depicting the outline of the window shows the current position of the screen when dragging them. This is not like ...
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Safari minimize button is disabled

I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X version 10.7.5. Safari's minimize button (the one with a '-' in it in left top corner) is disabled (turned gray) and now either I have to keep Safari on the desktop ...
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How to resize font size on window title bar on gnome?

By default window title bar on Gnome has bigger font size. How can I resize that font size on window title bar? I want it to be smaller like on KDE or MS Windows.
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Multiple Windows Desktop areas for Full-Screen applications

Is it possible to run multiple instances of Windows Explorer within a single user session, or configure multiple desktops that are portions of a screen? I don't know the best way to describe what I ...