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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Create windows which I can cycle with Alt-~?

I can make several Firefox windows (Ctrl-N) and cycle them using Alt-~ (Alt-). Emacs frames behave the same way. I'd like to know how to create windows (system, library, or other calls) which do the ...
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Managing a drawing tablet w/ display under Linux

I have a drawing tablet (a Wacom One) attached to my Linux system (running Fedora 35, X not Wayland). This device acts as a display on which one can draw using a stylus and appropriate application. I ...
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How to have all floating windows always on top in awesome-wm

I created a rule for this, but it only works for all existing windows when I restart awesome. My rule is as follows, { rule_any = {floating=true }, properties = { ontop= true } }, How do I make it ...
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Is there a way to stop windows from re-positioning after the desktop dimensions change?

Microsoft Windows has a feature that automatically moves and resizes all application windows whenever the desktop dimensions change. Ideally this should happen only when the user permanently shrinks ...
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Make Taskbar appear on second screen when first screen is in full screen mode - Linux Mint

I have two screens on my PC. On the main screen I have the taskbar, on the second screen there is no taskbar at all. I would like to have it in such a way that as soon as a program runs in full screen ...
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How to launch terminal based programs from a program launcher?

When I'm trying to launch a terminal based software (lf or neovim for example) using rofi/wofi or any other launcher, nothing happens. I'm using Sway as a window manager.
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Is it possible to let multiple applications run in "fullscreen mode" side by side major window managers?

Asking this question I'm having Gnome 4 on Fedora 35 on my mind and it would be nice to have a solution for Gnome but I'm not emotionally attached to it - but first things first, here is the question: ...
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BSPWM not starting from the display manager

I'm using Ubuntu with Gnome, when i go to the display manager, choose bspwm and type my password then hit enter the screen freezes and bspwm doesn't launch. Here's my bspwmrc file even though I don't ...
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How to configure a desktop file so that I can set different parameters for a same application with KDE

Example of behaviors I have been able to set different windows of Vscode to open on different desktops or activities by targetting the window title. I have done the same with gnome-terminal using ...
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StackWM tiled manager for windows - How to pin windows to specific areas of the screen

UPD1: The first version of my question was not in English. I'm sorry, the developer of Stack WM placed a link to this site in their app, apparently as a place to get help from the community, so I ...
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How to not auto start lightdm at boot

I am working on the project which major on console based on opensuse. But some time need to run some gui application. I installed the lightdm. After rebooting my machine, it will auto launch the ...
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All terminals in i3 WM share the same input

I am trying out i3 tiling window manager on Ubuntu 20.04. All terminals started with $mod+Enter share the same input: i.e. if I type something on one terminal, the same gets printed on another. This ...
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macOS Rectangle.app equivalent window mover/resizer/snapper on Windows

I switched to Windows 10 and I sorely miss the macOS Rectangle.app which lets the users to : snap windows to left/right/top/bottom half/one-thirds/two-thirds center them on the screen stretch them to ...
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Linux Mint : Switching window managers corrupts web browser auto-login and auto-fill

I run Linux Mint 19, but this problem has also occurred on Ubuntu (LTS). Besides the MATE desktop manager, there is also i3, KDE, and LXQt. The problem: When switching from one window manager to ...
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Do Wayland "windows" really have no decorations or ways to position/resize them?

I have been experimenting with Wayland by writing some simple programs that render some basic OpenGL stuff to an EGL surface. This all works great, but I've noticed that when requesting a surface/...
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Scaling of layout depending on connected monitors in Windows?

Is there a way to automatically change the Windows layout scaling to e. g. 125% when not connected to an external display but set it back to 200% automatically when an external display is attached? ...
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i3 fully nested windows

Is it possible to fully nest or stack a window within another window with a tiling window manager. The goal is to have window 1 be 'wrapper' so to speak around another window. Window 2 is running a ...
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Set up X window manager on RHEL under WSL

I'm running RHEL 8 under WSL in Windows 10, and want to use X11 GUI. I can't upgrade to Windows 11, so I can't take advantage of the Win 11 solution to GUI for WSL. I have set up an X server (vcxsrv, ...
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Window manager stalling with specific mouse pointer shape after hitting Ctrl-Z

I have had a complete stall of the X window manager which happened just as I was trying to stop a process with keystrokes. I wonder whether the cause of the stall can be identified, or whether I could ...
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Is there a way to change Windows' maximize button behavior?

I would like to make maximize button leave a border that makes the wallpaper be seen on the edges of my screen similar to this screenshot. My workaround right now is using PowerToys' FancyZones but I ...
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Windows split screen into unequal sides?

When one drags and drops a window to either side of the screen, it automatically snaps to that side, filling 50% of the screen. Is there a way to override this value in the settings/registry? I have ...
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Standalone desktop wallpaper module to display wallpaper without explorer.exe

I am modding the windows 11 user interface but since it is not officially out yet and the backend shouldn't have too much difference, let's just assume we are working with windows 10: So I am using a ...
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Firefox window reduced to title bar

While I'm using Firefox, sometimes (randomly; bad keypress because of fat fingers?) the window is reduced to the title bar. After this, I'm utterly unable to return the window to its normal state. I ...
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How can I access the window menu for a VirtualBox VM in XFCE

I'm running XFCE on Linux and using VirtualBox. When I start a VM, I'd like to be able to access the XFCE window menu on the VM itself in order to set the window mode to sticky ("Always on ...
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Unclickable ~15 pixel transparent bar on top of certain windows

Whenever I launch and maximize an MMC Window (such as the Hyper-V manager) the top 15 pixels of the window are click through to what is 'below'. Meaning if I close the MMC, I'll hit the maximized ...
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dwm displays squares instead of text for directories

so I'm new when it comes to installing and setting up linux. I'm doing it with arch linux to learn more about this stuff, but i hit a road block when i tried to install and configure dwm, as well as ...
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Which window manager disallows a background window having focus

I currently use Gnome, but it has the peculiar tendency to sometimes focus on a window that's not on the foreground, and often not even visible (because I mostly maximize my programs). So my question ...
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How to ensure applications only open on a single desktop environment in windows 10?

I like to keep two desktop environments on my Windows 10 machine. However, I prefer these to work mostly independent of each other. I would like the apps to not be spread across both desktops. Let me ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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