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 eye position each and every-time.

I have tried installing the CompizConfig Settings Manager and using the feature to position windows centre, but this has had no effect - the force feature here isn't working for me either.

I can use e.g. gnome-terminal --geometry=140x50+50+50 for the terminal but this doesn't work for gedit.

Any ideas?


2 Answers 2


Actually I found a solution for GNOME without compiz.

You can either use

  • this extension if you have gnome-shell < v3.14
  • or open dconf and set center-new-windows in org.gnome.mutter to true: dconf open with org.gnome.mutter -> center-new-windows
  • 1
    For the interested the following command-line command will do the above mentioned gsettings set org.gnome.mutter center-new-windows true
    – NoName123
    Nov 26, 2022 at 18:33

You can set in in compiz. It works for me.

Window Management -> "place plugin" -> Fixed Window Placement -> Windows with fixed positions
example: gedit 200 200 keep-in-work-area-to-yes


Window Management -> "place plugin" -> General -> Window position : Centered
  • Can you be specific? I have All | 400 | 300 set for "Windows with fixed windows" and All | Centered for "Windows with fixed placement mode" - gedit still pops up top left
    – BobTodd
    Dec 21, 2010 at 15:50
  • All is wrong - use any
    – Tom
    Dec 21, 2010 at 15:52
  • didnt work either
    – BobTodd
    Dec 21, 2010 at 15:57
  • try turning off position-related plugins - they may collide
    – Tom
    Dec 21, 2010 at 15:59
  • I turned everyone off earlier
    – BobTodd
    Dec 21, 2010 at 16:00

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