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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Make Finder window hover above all apps

I'm looking for a utility that will help me in keeping Finder windows hovering about all apps. Anyone heard of such?
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Gnome3 - Change window drag shortcut

Gnome defaults to using Alt+LeftMouse dragging for moving windows around - I hate this feature and it breaks some apps I use. In Gnome2 you could change the modifier key in one of the settings ...
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Is there a command line utility equivalent to wmctrl on Windows

I'm trying to write a remote window manager so that I can control my open windows via bluetooth using anyremote. There's wmctrl for Linux that manages windows from the command line. Is there similar ...
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What theme for Enlightenment is this?

In the pic below, I believe this is the Enlightenment window manager. But what theme is it and where can I get it? I got to have this. P.S.: I found the picture on an Enlightenment website (I think ...
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How to switch from KDE to Xfce in OpenSuse

I'm growing tired of Gnome and KDE and wish to move towards a more lightweight and customizable interface. I chose Xfce. I downloaded all (I think) the packages related to Xfce but now I'm stumped as ...
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Window Manager vs. Desktop Environment vs. Window System? What's the difference?

I'm confused as to what these terms actually mean AND as to what they do/how they contribute to the system as a whole. In particular, back when I was running Ubuntu, there were several keywords like: ...
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Is there a Windows 7 alternative to compiz move/resize windows management?

I know this isn't strictly Ubuntu related, but lately I've had to do some work on a Windows 7 machine and dearly miss the ability to hold alt and move/resize windows the same way it's done on Ubuntu. ...
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Lightweight window manager with some requirements

I'm looking for a lightweight window manager to run with Ubuntu. Here are my requirements: App switching (Alt-Tab) must bring windows to the front so I can see them before I select them Workspace ...
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When I move a window partially offscreen, the offscreen part shows on next/previous desktop

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04; when I move a window partially offscreen, the offscreen part shows on the next/previous desktop In the screenshot below you can see CompizConfig (opened on the second desktop) ...
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What equivalent of SizeUp exists for Linux?

I am running an older version of linux (RHEL 5 desktop) and I've been a bit spoiled by the mac desktop I had at my previous job. There are a few niceties I really miss, but the big one is the window ...
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how to see size of a window while resizing in ubuntu 11.04

before, i used ubuntu 10.04. i would resize gvim window and would see it's size while resizing. A small box would show rows x columns. this behavior is absent in ubuntu 11.04. does anyone know how to ...
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When running echinus can the scrollbars and similar window elements be skinned?

I see on this website screenshots number 5 and 6 -- what is used to to get these style of scrollbars? When I launch Opera I get a very ugly scrollbar that does not fit the look of the window manager ...
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Is there a name for the close, minimize and restore buttons?

It seems to me that there should be a generic name for the close, restore, and minimize buttons on the title bar in window managers. It's been getting hard to search for answers associated with them. ...
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Is there a window manager for Windows 7 that will allow me to assign a hotkey to a specific window?

I'm looking for a Windows 7 window manager that will allow me to assign a hotkey, such as <Win>-<F-n> to bring the focus to a specific window. Sometimes Alt-<Tab>just isn't enough.
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Windows 7 Aero Snap two windows horizontally

As many people already know, there are several ways to trigger Windows 7 Aero Snap feature. A user can either press Win+{Left,Right,Up,Down} to snap the window to the left or right or maximize or ...
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Ubuntu: Quickly reordering windows

Is it possible to quickly reorder windows in Gnome Ubuntu? I often find myself with many maximized windows and needing to get 3 or 4 specific ones to the front of my display. My solution now is Ctrl ...
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Lightweight Linux on Hewlett-Packard 2133 Mini-Note - Recommendations?

I've got an HP 2133 Mini-Note with a small (40 GB) IBM SSD installed. I'd like to use the machine as a fast, ultra-portable bare-bones word processor, and I'm tired of the relative "heaviness" of Win7 ...
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Drag and drop open Windows from server to client and client to server

I was wondering if their is a possibility within Synergy to drag open Windows (like Word or Excel) to the screen of the other system withing the Synergy setup. For example: I'm working on an Excel ...
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Trigger Autohotkey on new window

How do I set an action to trigger whenever a new window opens in autohotkey? For instance, I could set any Windows Explorer window to be marked as "Always on Top" as soon as it comes up. Or I could ...
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Set an app to Full Screen mode, but keep windowed?

When an app is put into full screen mode you typically get rid of the navigation/menu bars, making more space available. But you lose the option to view other apps at the same time. Is there any way ...
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How to use one display exclusively for one application?

I regularly use virtualisation software. My most common use case is to have one monitor for the virtual system and one monitor for the physical system. But of course, the physical system always puts ...
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Good window management grid keyboard shortcuts on keyboards without a numeric keypad

I like to use Winsplit Revolution to position open windows in a specific place on my screen in a grid-like fashion. One of the things I like about Winsplit Revolution is that the default keyboard ...
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Alternative to PuTTY Connection Manager? [closed]

Development of the free application Putty Connection Manager that can display more than one Putty sessions stopped in 2009, and it sometimes triggers this error when I double-click on any host in the ...
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How-to: reset window “tab” in Haiku?

I have been running Haiku in various environments now for several months, but have run across an interesting issue: WebPositive (the browser that ships with Haiku) has lost its yellow tab at the top ...
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ubuntu Multi-Monitor with multiple computers (monitor sharing)

I want to use 4 monitors but the videocards have outpus only for 2 video cards. is there a way to work on one computer but use the monitor of another computer as an extension of the windows space. ...
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In Linux, are there any plug-ins to let me do `<Win>`+`<Num>` style app switching (like Windows 7's superbar)?

Using Windows 7's superbar, I can select/launch the 2nd application group by <Win>+<2>. We have DockbarX in GNOME, which is nice (grouping the windows like Windows 7), but it doesn't ...
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How to bring back a far right chromeless window?

Accidentally some windows goes far right, and "goes out of" to the monitor. I know keyboard shortcuts to move it back when the windows have a title bar. But that windows (HTC Home and Rainlendar) ...
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Windows 7 resize shortcuts to Mac OS X

In Windows 7, it's possible to do various resize operations by dragging windows: drag window to top of screen, and it'll be enlarged to fill whole screen. Drag it to left edge and it'll cover left ...
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Is there any configuration on WindowMaker to hide the mouse cursor after some seconds?

Is there any configuration on WindowMaker to hide the mouse cursor after some seconds?
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Automatically move a group of windows to another monitor in OSX

I've searched around without much luck, and have a few ideas on how to do this one by one. Here is the situation. 5 million windows opened up on my main screen. I move chat, twitter, etc. to my ...
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How to move unseen windows => Cannot access my application after switching monitors

I switch monitors really often: At work I have a very poor computer, and gpu too, which is bad at keeping its configuration, resolution and monitor position between each reboot. Both monitor are ...
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How to specify where new program window appears?

When I open pdf using Preview I want the Preview window to be placed in the right upper corner not in the left one. Any idea how I can do that? OS X 10.6.2
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How to open a program on particular desktop?

When I start GUI program, it's window appears appears on currently active desktop (essentially, on random desktop). How to make it to appear on the specified desktop? For example, at startup I want ...
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Building Awesome Window Manager is giving me an error? [closed]

I am following these steps in order to build Awesome window manager on 10.04. I am building 3.4 while the tutorial is for 3.1. I installed all of the specified dependencies including Cairo. Edit: I ...
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X11 and Window Manager Confusion

What roles do the Xorg server and a window manager - for example, metacity - play in displaying windows? Does the window manager communicate with the OS or Xorg? Does Xorg then use OpenGl to display ...
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TWM: Bring xterm to front on clicking anywhere in the window

Can someone tell me what should I put in my .twmrc, so that an xterm window is brought to front (raised) when I click anywhere in the window. Currently, I have to click on the title bar to bring it to ...
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Need an expert advice on *X display manager, window manager and composit manager combination

I have fought with myself whether or not i should ask this question but I find myself stuck and I need another expert opinion. I can't seem find the right combination of display and window manager ...
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Set windows `always below bottom-most`?

There is an "Always on topmost" menu option for windows. I'm not sure if it's related to compiz or metacity. I want to set the Totem player or Cheese the WebCAM player, always below the bottom-most, ...
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Application windows always open on the top left corner of the screen on Ubuntu

I find this a highly annoying "feature" on a wide screen monitor that my mostly used apps - terminal and gedit always open directly under the top-left corner of my screen and I have to drag them to my ...
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How does Compiz decide which windows should be sticky?

How does Compiz automatically decide which windows should be sticky (i.e. should be visible on all workspaces)? Windows such as gnome-panel and cairo-dock always stay on the visible workspace, without ...
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Replacing compiz/metacity with openbox reduces workspaces to 1

I like to use the GNOME desktop, but I prefer to replace its window manager with openbox, with 4 workspaces. However, when I run openbox --replace, the number of workspaces available drops to 1. If ...
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How to hide a Direct3d window?

I want to hide a direct3d window (like a "bosskey program"). I have tryed some programs like 4t minimizer, but I cant... Do you know some nice (maybe free?) program or script to accomplish this?
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Browser instead of window manager?

Is it possible to have just a browser (for example, just a canvas that renders with webkit) running on top of X11 (or any other way in Linux) as my window manager, as if I'm viewing my normal web ...
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Lock application window movement on Mac OS X

Sometimes, when I use touchpad to control cursor and I'm clicking or double clicking, I move the application window a few pixels because my finger does not tap the touchpad on one place. Is there a ...
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App to control windows' size and position

I use a big monitor and I like to place windows in specific positions and sizes. I'd like to have something like the maximize button (which sets the windows size to cover the whole screen) but that ...
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Why does Desktop Window Manager leak memory or even crash?

My Desktop Window Manager memory usage keeps spiking and causing it to disable Aero, saying it ran out of allowed memory. DWM restarts and comes back up fine when I kill its process. Why is this ...
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Tiling Window Manager for Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Tiling Window Manager for Windows do you recommend? What is the recommended tiling window manager for Windows 7? In the past I had used Awesome on my Linux box but ...
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Tool to search opened window? (Win 7)

I often have a huge number of windows opened and it takes time to find the ones I need. Aero Peek may help sometimes, but for some applications (e.g. SSH terminals), every window looks the same. And ...
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Can the default size of Windows 7's “drag to the left or right to resize window” feature be changed?

Windows 7 includes a feature for easily arranging windows on larger monitors - drag a window to the left or right side of the screen and it will be resized to use half the monitor (or drag to the top ...
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organize windows layout on the screen (windows 7)

I've got a large screen and I wish to have a predefined layout for some of the programs I use. For example, I want the skype to always open to a specific spot, and the chrome to another, and so on. ...