Questions tagged [window-manager]

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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Extremely high memory usage on Desktop Window Manager

My desktop window manager is just taking too much memory for no reason. I was playing a game that had pretty average memory usage for a game (Apex Legends - 2000MB ish) before editing a word document ...
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Atom on macOS: doesn't switch to app when opening file from shell

Using Atom (latest version) on macOS 10.15.6 Catalina. I often open files in Atom from the shell, like this: atom SomeDocument.txt When Atom is not running yet, Atom correctly appears with the ...
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In Linux Mate-window manager, Maximize length of window (keep width the same)

In windows, I double-click title bar of window to maximize the window's length and keep the same width, how do I do that in Linux? I'm running MATE in a AWS Linux2 Desktop. I've done searches and ...
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dwm — numpad with modifiers key combinations don't work

I wanted to configure my dwm, so i could switch layouts with alt + numpad key or meta + numpad key. I added this to my config.h in keys array: { MODKEY, XK_KP_0, setlayout,...
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Managing windows overlapping: docking a window on the desktop

I'm looking for a way to manage the windows overlapping. In particular, I'd like to reach this goal: given more than 1 window (e.g. Chrome, Excel), I want to dock the Excel window on a part of the ...
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How to snap windows to each other?

On Windows 10 its possible to snap an application window to (left/right) size or to the corners, one have just to drag the window there. On macOS windows stick to each other, so its easier to position ...
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Powershell window does not open in same position where I last closed it

If I open up a powershell window from the start menu and move it around, when I close it and start it up again, the Powershell window starts in the same position that it started in last time, as ...
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BadAccess (attempt to access private resource denied) when running Berry

When I run the berry window manager from the CLI I receive the following error. X Error of failed request: BadAccess (attempt to access private resource denied) Major opcode of failed request: 2 (...
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Where to put autostart scrips to run after x display server has been started?

I'm using manjaro linux with dwm (dynamic window manager) and I need to run some some commands that will only work after the x display server has been started. Lightdm is being used to login. example ...
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Is it possible to create an auto-collapsing window in stack wm?

Hi I was wondering if it were possible to make a an autocollapsing panel, i.e. I would like to emulate slide over feature that the ipad has.
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No gear in lock screen to change Desktop Environmnet in Fedora 33

Using Fedora 33, which comes with Gnome DE. I'd like to switch to KDE Plasma. I've tried installing it with sudo dnf install @kde-desktop-environment sudo dnf group install "KDE Plasma Workspaces&...
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Motif Window Manager on Gentoo

So I've been thinking about using Motif Window Manager on Gentoo, and I just recently installed that Linux distro. However, I tried to do my outmost to look for guides on how to set-up Motif Window ...
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dwm.exe high GPU usage only when duplicating display

We have smart-boards at my workplace. We connect them to our new PCs with rather dated, Nvidia 710 GPUs. Everything works fine when outputting to the computer monitor, to the smart-board, or using ...
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Anyway to “group” x11 plot windows in gnome's window switcher?

Using gnome3, I find that when drawing multiple x11 plots from command-line data analysis software (e.g. R, Python, octave) it seems that all the x11 windows appear as separate items in the app ...
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Tiling WM which keeps windows running when not visible

I've been using awesomewm for a decade or so, and am very comfortable with it. However with the recent Covid-19 changes in working environments I found myself setting up and using OBS as part of my ...
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Weird fonts in awesome window manager in arch linux

Image of the problem I installed awesome window manager on arch linux and started it with xinit. All fonts are appearing as weird boxes everywhere including the window manager title bars. Fonts inside ...
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How to attach window borders vertically in Windows 10 so their common border can act like a resizer?

In Windows10, or maybe even earlier version I can snap two windows next to each other using Window+Left Arrow and Window+Right Arrow keys. After that the border between them becomes common and as I ...
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How to prevent OSX from moving windows between displays

I use Amethyst, a tiling window manager, on OSX Mojave 10.14.6 When I resize a window, other windows get smaller but might also be "pushed" off the edge of the display to the next display, ...
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Is there anyway to protect/prevent a specified window (of an arbitrary application) from being closed in GNOME?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for a way to "pin" or "lock" a given window so that I can't accidentally close it. My use case for this is typically some long job or download (usually a terminal ...
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Make windows always on top (win10) [closed]

I know there are plenty of answers both in internet in general and in this site but none of them works for me because all involve installing some kind of software. I would like a solution to make ...
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Windows 10: Strange taskbar flickering and cursor delay for jumplists

For the last couple of months, I've been facing a very strange flickering/delay issue in Windows 10 that I cannot resolve. There are two problems: Some time after every reboot, I have noticed that ...
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Unclickable region on VSCode UI when installed on Chromebook / ChromeOS

I have installed VSCode on my Lenovo Yoga Chromebook and I am unable to use the mouse in the bottom right corner of the UI. The problem has persisted through restarts, toggling the Terminal window, ...
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I can't use the window manager of my choice, nor the display manager

I'm stuck with xfce and a text-only login screen. I've tried to run startkde instead of startx to see GUI and I got this $DISPLAY is not set or cannot connect to the X server. I tried to fix it ...
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How can I move windows from off-screen on a RDP session?

Using Windows 10, often when I disconnect my laptop from an external monitor some native windows will be stuck off-screen. I usually use Windows key+arrow keys to move them back. But this doesn't ...
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Removing a program from the Microsoft Windows 7's native window switcher

On Microsoft Windows 7, hitting ALT + TAB opens the Microsoft Windows 7's native window switcher. Is there any way to configure it in such a way that it never display windows from a given program? ...
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Manage Windows and linux programs with a Linux (WSL) window manager

Im wanting to run a fullscreen Xming (or alternative) instance within Windows with a custom window manager (Using i3wm) to replace the pesky windows Shell. This will give me native Linux and Windows ...
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How to start a web browser as a “shell”?

I would like to better run a media player on my Linux (Ubuntu 16.04), connected via HDMI to a TV. Today I use Kodi: it is started via a systemd service (ExecStart = /usr/bin/xinit /root/.xinitrc) /...
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Is it possible in Linux to have vertical taskbar with ungrouped windows and showing all window titles?

Background: I am a long-term happy Windows desktop user, but for some work stuff I need to start using Linux on my local machine. I want to achieve similar window management I am used to from Windows: ...
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android-studio “Startup Error: Unable to detect graphics environment” with swaywm

I'm running Arch Linux with the sway window manager on wayland. I followed both the official Google instructions for installation and the Arch Wiki (also to get the dependencies), but both ways leave ...
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Xfce window manager: restore/un-maximize window with keyboard shortcut

I have the Xfce panel on top and the "hide title bar when maximized" option enabled in Window Manager Tweaks. I can unmaximize/restore a maximized window with right click on that window's panel field ...
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How to use 0 as an identifier for a workspace in awesome wm?

Is it possible to use 0 as an identifier for a workspace in awesome wm? By default it only allows the numbers from 1 to 9. I would like to switch to the workspace just like any other (e.g. mod + 0). ...
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Problems with bspwm with multiple displays

I am trying to setup bspwn on a multi monitor setup. I have an ultrawide 21:9 (2560x1080) and a standard 16:9 (1920x1080). So far I have gotten it working so that it loads the window manager properly ...
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Changing the Title Bar style on Windows 10 applications

Applications in Windows 10 have a title bar in one of two styles. The style that is present for "normal" desktop applications: And the style that appears in UWP applications: I'm wondering if it is ...
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How to edit with imagemagick with tiling window manager?

In my mostly default xmonad configuration, editing images is almost impossible because all tool windows (like crop or filetype selection) are spawned too small and at random places and are difficult ...
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Is Cinnamon a desktop environment or a window manager? (Or both?)

As far as I understand it: X11 is how you draw primitive things; A (compositing) window manager is something that uses X11 to provide the tools for drawing more complex things, and position them in ...
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Windows 10 : How to save a virtual desktop session?

I'm currently working on multi projects involving a lot of different tools and therefore windows in my taskbar. To prevent having a messy desktop, I split it using virtual desktop feature from ...
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Autostart redshift-gtk in Window Maker and prevent it to run twice

I struggled to launch redshift-gtk at Window Maker startup. Moreover, editing a dockable icon would not prevent the app to be load twice (I noticed it's the case at WMaker startup, I don't know what ...
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Severe Linux Mouse Click and Window Focus Issues

I have recently been trying to get a working Linux install on my main PC. My PC runs on a GTX 1060. I've been having this issue where my mouse won't click properly in what looks to be a properly ...
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Windows 10 - move window between multiple displays [closed]

I have a teacher that uses a SMARTBoard on a projector. When she's up at the front of the class, she often goes to launch an explorer window or something and it opens on the laptop monitor, not the ...
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Awesome window manager does not start

I am trying to switch from gnome-shell to awesome on fedora 28. The problem I have is that when I try sudo awesome -r it tells me that another window manager is already running. So I have tried ...
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Memorize window locations connecting / disconnecting monitor [duplicate]

I disconnect move my laptop quite often from the monitor and it takes quite a while to move my windows back. I've looked around many times, but I couldn't find an app to memorize window locations ...
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How to use more than one window manager concurrently?

I need to install many window managers at the same time and launch any application targeting a specific one of them. For example, I want to launch Chromium in a window manager and then second Chromium ...
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How to know the window manager a specific program uses? [closed]

In order to know how to focus a floating panel, it is essential to know the window manager the programmers use. In case they don't reply back, what can I do to identify the manager so that I can ...
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Maximize All Windows on Windows 10

Is there a way to maximize all windows on Windows 10, using a script or hotkey combination? There is a previous question for Windows 7, but Shift+Win+M doesn't work on Windows 10. Neither does the ...
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BSPWM not Working on Ubuntu

I am currently running Ubuntu with the default desktop environment (Unity? Gnome? Not sure which one it is anymore) and am trying to install BSPWM. I have my bspwmrc in ~/.config/bspwm/, and my ...
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How do I pick the order in which windows are stacked or shown side by side?

For example I want Notepad, Word and Excel to stack side by side in that order, but when I right-click taskbar and click "Show windows side by side" it's in some random order every time. I tried ...
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Is there a way to dock an app on the side of screen so other apps maximize to the side of it?

I've seen a few apps (such as instant messaging apps) that will dock to the side of the screen and essentially shrink your total desktop space, meaning that any apps that are maximized on that monitor ...
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How to disable the new Opera Alt+Space “quick search”?

After a recent update of ChrOpera, pressing Alt+Space no longer gets you the system menu: This violates not only the Microsoft User Interface Principles, but also the principle of least astonishment ...
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Quartz Compositor and other window managers of macOS [closed]

I've never in my life touched macOS, but I'm writing a work about operating systems, so I need to say something about macOS too. Wikipedia says that Quartz Compositor is the window manager of macOS. ...
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How can I use conky with own_window_type=panel to create a conky window along the top edge of the screen which does not overlap with other windows?

I am wanting to create a conky window that sits on the top edge of my screen and has no overlap with maximimed or non-maximized windows. My attempts to use own_window with own_window_type=panel ...

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