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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Juggling between 2 Chrome windows in Mac OS X

I open a lot of separate windows of Chrome on my Mac. However, juggling between two separate windows of Chrome doesn't work with Command+tab. When I press command+tab, only one instance of Chrome can ...
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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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How to disable sticky corners in Windows 8?

I have 2 monitors and in Windows 7 I used to just mouse-flick maximized windows from one monitor to the other. With Windows 8 however (charms disabled), my mouse hangs in the corners while doing ...
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How can I permanently rename a window (in XFCE)?

I tend to have a bunch of windows of the same applications (terminals and text editors) and they can be a problem to manage. It would help me a lot if I could give them the most intuitive and clear ...
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Anyone know how I can use the same keys to move between Vim windows as well as Tmux (or tiling WM) panes?

Anyone know how I can use the same keys to move between Vim windows as well as Tmux (or tiling WM) panes? For example when I use my key combination to move to the right pane within VIM, VIM should ...
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Is there a way to indicate/show “runas” user or administrative rights in the titlebar of a window in windows7?

I sometimes start applications with elevated rights and forget to close them later because they are not distinguishable. Through something like an "Open File..." someone can easily abuse those apps if ...
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Linux Mint loses Window Focus

I recently installed Linux Mint 13 64bit with Cinamon Desktop and run into a weird problem. It's about losing Mouse-Focus if more than one Window are open. For Example, I open up Chromium, play ...
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How to prevent windows from being resized?

Adobe Audition is really stupid in that when you change the size of the window, and then change it back to the original size, all the frame positions are lost and you have to tediously reposition them ...
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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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Mac OS X Yosemite global keybinding management

I have recently moved from linux to Yosemite and by far the most annoying thing about Mac OS X are the severe limitations in window manager configuration. Being an emacs user my fingers automatically ...
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How to use i3 window manager in fedora with gnome

I installed i3 and have its config file ~/.i3/config ready. When I execute i3 command, it says, ERROR: Another window manager seems to be running (X error 10). I found this article. I don't know ...
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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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How to use wmctrl to activate window of a given class?

The output of wmctrl -lx looks like this: 0x020002f5 0 Plasma.Plasma lnx plasma-desktop 0x02a00015 0 okular.Okular lnx TCP/IP Protocol Suite – Okular 0x032000fe 1 amarok.Amarok ...
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Why does i3 Window Manager make a blank section?

Once in a while, my i3 Window Manager makes a blank tile that only shows the desktop background. I don't know what causes this. Maybe it's a keystroke I am inadvertently making. It ruins the whole ...
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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 set my window manager in Fedora 20 without using a graphical login prompt?

I'm using Fedora 20 and I've disabled the graphical login so now when I boot I'm presented with a standard console to log into. When I log in and run startx I get Metacity. How can I change this on a ...
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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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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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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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AwesomeWM - How to change statusbar font colors and font itself

My current awesome WM theme has some ugly colors that I want to change and I want to change the font from what I believe is Terminus to Monospace. This is all for the status bar at the top btw. -- ...
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Reduce the size of windows in Ubuntu (14.04)

Sorry to bother you with a question probably very stupid, but I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity, and for some reasons, the windows seems to have a "minimal size". This is extremely annoying when I ...
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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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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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autostart doesn't work with i3

My i3 config file is the default one that is automatically set up on first start except for.. bar { status_command i3status } ..which I removed. And.. new_window none ..which I added to the ...
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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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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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Detect window's fullscreen status on Linux?

So basically, I'm trying to write a watchdog script, that checks window titles against a list stored in a file. If the window is fullscreen, the script should do nothing and move on. If the window is ...
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Switch to twm only on Fedora 20

I want to use TWM only, no GNOME, no XFCE, nothing else. I like its simplicity a lot and find pure twm easy to use. How can I configure fedora to use twm only? I'm fairly new to all of the ...
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Guake/Tilda-like visibility toggle for any application

Guake and Tilda are 2 applications in Ubuntu which can be toggled visible/invisible with a hotkey, but this mechanism is built inside of these applications. Is there some general manager software ...
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Xmonad refuses to recompile

Recently I've installed Xmonad on mint. It works nicely. Then I create an ".xmonad" directory within my home, and a "xmonad.hs" within that ( ~/.xmonad/xmonad.hs ). I use the basic example on the ...
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KDE auto-shrinks windows?

I have been beating my head against the wall and my Google-fu is failing me. I tried Ubuntu 11.10 and saw Gnome 3. It's horrid. So I thought I'd give KDE4 a shot. My only complaint after a few ...
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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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Switching to specific programs (or launching them) using a keyboard shortcut on Linux

I'm primarily a Windows user, but I occasionally use a Linux virtual machine for some development. In Windows 7 and 8 I have become very dependent to using a very useful keyboard shortcut for ...
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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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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 force xscreensaver to stay on top?

I am building web kiosek and I am using matchbox as window manager and xscreensaver. My problem is that I need in background restart web browser, but when xscreensaver goes to blank and browser is ...
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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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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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Which window manager supports Multi Pointer X

MPX is a part of X Input Extension. I tested xinput on Centos 6.5. In some cases the keyboard can not get window focus and to solve it window must be moved. I know that Window Manager is responsible ...
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Keyboard shortcut to unhide or unminimize a window in OS X

I know how to Hide (Cmd+H) or Minimize (Cmd+M) a focused window in OS X, but I can't find a keyboard shortcut or even a menu item to restore, unhide, unminimize, or otherwise show a window that I've ...
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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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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 start icewm?

I installed icewm 1.2.13. Metacity is my default window manager. Usually, to replace window manager --replace option is used, e.g metacity --replace. But my version of icewm does not have this option. ...
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Raspberry in kiosk mode - How to secure bash or change matchbox for switching tty

I want change my raspberry to a kiosk pc. It works well and is complete, but with some mechanics I've some trouble. The actual problem is, that the autologin mechanism is defeating the purpose of ...
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Program that groups windows into tabs [closed]

I recall once stumbling on a program that could take multiple application windows and wrap them inside a large window with a tabbed interface. One use of this, for example, would be to wrap multiple ...
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How to disable flashing VirtuaWin systray icon? Window is not responding

I have to run an application which is not responding so ViruaWin isn't able to manage it. (There is a "1 window not responding" tooltip on its systray icon.) Because of the hanging VirtuaWin flashes ...
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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 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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Emulating WinKey+ArrowKey Functionality from win7 to linux

I much prefer Linux over windows but one thing I've always found win7 to be better at was managing and moving windows to different parts of the screen. I'm wondering if anyone knows how I can ...
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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 ...