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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Win 7: How can I resize a window to make it much bigger than my screen?

I have a window that I'd like to make much bigger than my physical screen (explanation of why below). I hit Alt+Space, M, and then press the Up arrow to move the title bar above the physical top of my ...
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Moving a window that can't be dragged by the title bar?

I have Fallout Collection and I am trying to run it windowed because of the low resolution. When I change the mode to windowed via the .ini file, however, it starts the game with the window shoved ...
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How do I use Compiz on Linux to achieve what WinSplit revolution does on Windows?

I've used WinSplit Revolution for quite some time on Windows and have become attached to it. I'm now trying out a Linux OS (Ubuntu 10.04) and would really like to get the same functionality back ...
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Utility to put taskbar on multiple monitors with task grouping?

Right now I use UltraMon to extend my taskbar across multiple monitors. So windows on the first monitor show up on the taskbar on the first monitor, and windows on the second monitor show up on the ...
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How do I perform multi-window operations on a non-combined group of windows in Windows 7?

With multiple windows/instances of an application open and the taskbar buttons set to "Always combine, hide labels", I can Shift+right-click the taskbar button for the window group to open a menu ...
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How to I get window drop functionality on Mac OS X?

Windows 7 has a neat feature where the Windows Key in conjunction with the arrow keys tiles the active window. Windows key + left arrow moves it to the left half, windows key + right arrow moves your ...
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How can I stop new Command Prompt windows spawned by another program from covering my foreground window?

Under Windows 7 x64, when I'm ripping CDs with Exact Audio Copy, it spawns a Command Prompt window each time it invokes the external MP3 compression program I use, LAME. While that's going on, I ...
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Moving windows between GNU screen sessions

Is there a way to move windows between different screen sessions? For example lets say I have this scenario: screen -S screen1 vim *.cpp C-a d screen -S screen2 Is there any way to move my shell ...
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Use option to drag windows (Mac OS)

In a lot of window managers for X11, you can move windows by clicking anywhere on them and dragging while holding down the alt key. Is there anyway to get similar functionality on Mac OS X?
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How match 'other' applications to a tag in awesome-wm?

I use version 3.3.4 of awesome and it is fine. But I miss one thing I could do with an older version of awesome (without configuration via Lua): I could add a matcher with the regular expression .* to ...
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How can I install OpenSolaris without Graphical Environment - just text console?

I would like to install OpenSolaris and use it as a home-server. I will interact with it just with SSH, so I don't need the Graphical Environment. How can I install OpenSolaris without the Graphical ...
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Cycling tabs graphically

Mac OS X's window manager is composed of: Applications Windows Tabs By default on OS X, you can cycle over applications with the famous ⌘⇥ shortcut. In addition to this, I use a little utility ...
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Align windows to a grid in Snow Leopard

I've become so used to aligning windows to a grid on Windows (via Win+Arrow Key) and Linux (via Compiz Grid) that when I sit down at a Mac I want to gouge my eyes out trying to align windows. How can ...
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How can I create profiles for the windows that are open on my Mac?

As a semi-dual monitor user on my MacBook, I run into a particular issue that drives me nuts. The scenario is at work I run my MacBook Pro's display as the secondary monitor to a dual-monitor setup. I ...
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Is it possible to get the Ubuntu 'Always on top' functionality in Windows? [duplicate]

In Ubuntu when you right click on a window, you get the option to keep it 'Always on Top'. This is incredibly useful sometimes when I want a window to take up the whole desktop (e.g. Internet Browser) ...
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Use ALT to move windows in Windows like in Linux

In most Linux window managers, one can use the ALT key to click and drag to rearrange windows. This is one of my favorite features of Linux window managers. Is there a way to do this in Windows 7?
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Fast window switching without Alt-Tab or Command-Tab?

Alt-Tab or Command-Tab can sometimes be slow, especially when you have many windows open and you frequently switch to only a few of those windows. How do you work around this problem -- any tool to ...
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Multi-Monitor with multiple computers

I need to know if there's an free application that does the same as the MaxiVista "Extended Screen" functionality. Basically is to use a 2nd computer screen as an extra monitor of the main machine. ...
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Mac App window stuck under the finder bar

I opened an app and the Dock was in the way so it automatically adjusted up and under the Finder. It seems to remember this position whenever I reopen it. I can "Zoom" but I really don't want to ...
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Rollup Windows on Mac

Is there anyway to make windows rollup on Mac 10.6? I prefer rollup in some circumstances to minimising because it allows me to easy bring the window back up again.
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*nix window manager that places window list on window title bar?

Like this... looks really kind of cool, so I'm wondering what it might be.
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WinXP: window focus messed up

Something happened as a side-effect of getting more RAM installed in my PC. My window focus is messed up. Old, correct behavior: when I clicked on one of the taskbar entries, it would bring the ...
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How do I dock a pidgin window in X?

Using the Windows Pidgin Options plugin, I can make the buddy list be dockable. If I dock it, other windows avoid it when maximising themselves. How do I do the same thing in X?
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What's the easiest way to install Enlightenment on Ubuntu 9.10?

I've found a few guides but all of them are really complicated. Is there an apt-get way of installing the package?
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How to switch back to previous window on OS X?

As a long time Windows users I'm used to switch between two windows using keyboard. Now at Mac I just can't figure out how to do that! Command-Tab works nicely between apps, but how to do the same ...
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Windows utility to save/restore window size & position history? [closed]

Is there a Windows utility that keeps a record of the size and position of all active windows for later retrieval? For example, if I have my text editor and web browser open side-by-side, and then ...
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What keyboard shortcuts move, resize, and maximize windows under Mac OS X?

I just checked http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table%5Fof%5Fkeyboard%5Fshortcuts but the following "Window management" entries are blank for Mac OS X: Move the focused window Resize the focused window ...
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Keyboard shortcut for moving a window to another screen

When working with two (or more screens), a common problem is that launched applications appear on the "wrong" screen. I especially find this annoying when launching a text editor from the command line,...
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Starting GUI program from Linux terminal prevents further usage

I would search for this, but I have no idea how to phrase it for the search engine.. Basically, when I start a gui program from a terminal window, that terminal cannot be further used until I quit ...
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How to change the taskbar grouping behavior for a single application in windows-7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Taskbar - Prevent some applications from grouping? I love the new taskbar in windows-7 and how it groups and preview windows under a single big icon. Keeps things ...
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How to change default window manager in ubuntu to enlightenment

I'm using Wubi Ubuntu and I am trying to change the window manager to enlightenment. I've been googling for a while now with no luck.
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3D Window Managers?

Does anyone know of a window manager that displays your files as a 3d city like in the movie Jurassic Park or Hackers? I know about bumptop but it makes your desktop look like a desktop (boring).
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How to move windows that open up offscreen?

I have a dual monitor setup, and I recently played around with the positioning settings, and some of my single window applications do the favour of preserving where they were last closed, and opening ...
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Why use a tiling window manager?

I've been hearing a lot about tiling window managers lately. People seem to love them, swear by them, even wonder why everyone doesn't use them. But after searching for a little bit, I couldn't find ...
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Turn off Window Change on Hover in Mac OS X

Was mucking around with OmniDazzle, and appropriately pressed every keyboard shortcut to see all the effects. Unfortunately now, when I hover over 'another' window - it comes into focus without me ...
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VLC has gone over the top left of the screen. How do I move it?

I started VLC the other day, and it is starting off the top left corner of the screen, so as I can't select the title bar to move. I've tried right clicking it's entry in the task bar, and selecting ...
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Generic X balloon apps?

I am looking for a simple utility that lets me display ephemeral balloons (like the kind that are built into Thunderbird, or certain GNOME system notifications in Ubuntu, say) in a corner of my screen ...
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How to cascade windows vertically or horizontally in Windows 7?

How can I cascade windows vertically or horizontally in Windows 7? In Windows XP, I'm used to pressing Ctrl, selecting some windows, right-clicking them and then choosing "Cascade".
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Metacity (Gnome VM) - restrict placement of windows to primary display of “Screen 0”?

Question How can I restrict the auto-placement of all windows by metacity? Either by restricting to Monitor0 or to avoid the "dead space" of my display? The Problem I'm running CentOS 5.3 with ...
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What are window-managers with good features for power-users? [closed]

Most window-managers copy the ideas of windows and MacOSX these days. But some have innovative ideas, that make the life much easier and the work faster done. I used long time Fluxbox - it was the ...
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Keep windows from going off-screen

Very simply, I was wondering if there's a way to keep windows from going off-screen. I want to be able to quickly drag a window all the way to the right and have it automatically be "docked" to the ...
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What exactly does the little green “+” button do in Mac OS X?

OK, I must admit that I am from the Windows world and started using Leopard not for long. One really annoying thing when using my shiny new OS is that I can't predict what exact behavior it brings ...
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Make window always on top?

Some applications do not have the functionality like task manager to stay always on top. Is there a way around this? I am on Windows XP SP2.
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How to keep any Window “Always on Top”? [duplicate]

Some software have an option for their window to be "Always on Top". Is there any way to get the same functionality for any window. Let me give an example where this would be useful. Suppose I have a ...
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What to call a linux mint converted to xfce?

I'm using linux right now, I installed Linux Mint 7 (Gloria), but since then I switched to the xfce desktop, and I don't use any of the tools that come with mint (mintMenu, mintUpdate, mintInstall, ...
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How do I quickly position two windows side by side?

Sometimes you need to see two windows side by side, e.g. when following instructions or when working on a translation. How do I quickly arrange two windows like that? edit: interested in answers for ...
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The best lightweight window manager for linux? [closed]

What is the best lightweight window manager (optimized for running over a network) for Linux?
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What Tiling Window Manager for Windows do you recommend? [closed]

What is the best tiling window manager for Windows? I'm looking for something like awesome. It would be nice if it removes the title bar and has "comfortable" shortcut keys (for me that's vi keys, ...
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Are there keyboard shortcuts for manipulating windows in Windows XP?

I'm looking specifically for shortcuts that resize, move and otherwise let me avoid using the mouse for manipulating application windows. Bonus points for shortcuts that let me move windows between ...
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What are the differences between Linux Window Managers?

See the title - are there any show-stopping differences between GNOME and KDE, at this point? Is it just a matter of preference? I know some applications run 'better' one or the other, but besides ...