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Questions related to using/manipulating windows.

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Can I swap the close buttons from the left to the right?

In elementary OS, as with Ubuntu and Mac OS X, the close button is on the left. Can I change this to have the close button on the right?
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What are the different methods to switch between windows and workspaces?

What are the different possibilities (both keyboard and mouse) to switch: between windows of the same application on the same workspace, between windows of all applications on the same workspace, ...
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How to set the terminal to “always on top” in elementary OS?

I am trying to keep pantheon-terminal always on top. I installed gnome terminal also but I cant find any option to keep always on top.
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How does one cycle through windows of the same application? [duplicate]

I have two questions. What is the default keystroke for cycling through windows in an application, e.g., evince? How can I change this default? Currently, Alt-tab cycles through all windows, but I ...
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Can I set an app window's width, height, and position from Terminal?

How can I set geometry for applications by console command? How can I remove borders (title, close minimie maximize buttons) from application by console command? For example, I want to start a ...
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Can I switch between windows of the same app using plank?

I have to work on multiple code branches that requires me to launch multiple instances of IntelliJ IDE. But when navigating between these instances I find it very difficult to switch to specific ...
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Can I force full screen mode for any application?

Is it possible to force fullscreen in any application in elementary OS? I use Vim in my everyday work, but I would like to use gVim, but I don't see a way to make gVim fullscreen.
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Bind mouse buttons to switch between windows

I just bought a new mouse with more buttons than my old one. While they work fine and I can navigate back and forth with the thumb buttons, I would like to know if I can somehow change thumb buttons ...
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Is there a hotkey to switch through the windows of the current application? (as Alt + ` in Ubuntu) [duplicate]

Is there any way I can replicate the Alt + ` functionality from Ubuntu? It's like Alt + Tab only it just switches through the windows of the current application. For instance, if I have 3 file ...
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How to disable desktop composition while gaming in fullscreen?

I'm using elementary OS Freya 0.3.1 and would like to disable compositing while gaming. I'm playing CSGO (Linux port, not Windows version using Wine) and unlike on my Windows 10, it's lagging a lot. I ...
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Split application windows to fit the screen

I just want to split apps to divide the screen in two or three like the image below
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How can I disable that windows get maximized if i put them on top of the display?

I never want to maximize a window when dragging the window to the top of the screen, but it happens most of the time and is really annoying! I just want to drag the window to the top of the screen. ...
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How to disable desktop switch on fullscreen

I'm on Loki and every time I turn on fullscreen mode for one of my applications like Chrome or atom, the fullscreen window moves to a new desktop. Is there any way to stop this and just stay on the ...
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How do I move / reach a window that I “left” on a second screen?

I once tested dual-monitor-support for Elementary and had Chrome maximized on the second screen. Everything worked out alright. I unplugged the second screen, Chrome was already closed - but when I ...
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How to remember the last window size?

I really like elementary OS but I'm missing one important thing for me: When adjusting and closing windows, is there any possibility in elementary to remember the last window size and position?
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How to minimize a window?

I'm new with elementary, and actually I don't find the way to minimize a windows, I only see a button to close a window and one to change the size. How can I minimize a window?
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Keep Plank unhidden and maximize windows to plank like in OS X?

Plank can be set unhidden by setting ~/.config/plank/dock/settings -> HideMode=X -> HideMode=0, but how to set the maximize action to the upper edge of plank like in OS X? Screenshot of my plank: ...
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Can I configure an app to be always visible across all workspaces?

This appears to happen with a lot of other apps like MonoDevelop, WebStorm, etc. The right click title bar "Always on visible workspace" is not available on any browser other than the default ...
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Switch only between windows of the same application (not tabs)? [duplicate]

I would like to be able to switch between the open windows of one application by using (or assigning first) a shortcut (like I do in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and MacOS). I have often more than one window ...
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Bug, fullscreen Atom. The window is *hidden* [closed]

When closing atom when it's resized to fullscreen, then restarting atom doesn't result in a window. Use the following steps to reproduce: Install atom from the deb (https://atom.io) Set Atom to ...
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Firefox GTK3 build(s) not usable/working [closed]

I'm using firefox from this ppa: https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/ubuntu/firefox-next Just today I got Firefox 42 beta, which is the first version linked to GTK3 instead of GTK2. The ...
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How can I completely unbind the default “switch windows” keyboard shortcuts? [closed]

I like to use Alt+Tab (the default shortcut for "Switch Windows") inside a particular programĀ¹. As a result, I would like to use Win+Tab and Shift+Win+Tab to switch windows instead. I've already ...
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Windows(freya) always open in background?

Whatever app i open in elementary freya, it opens in the background.And that includes the terminal using super+T or any app from the slinghshot. I then have to click on its icon in the dock and then ...
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Application Windows are flickering when moving , closing and opening

When moving , closing and opening a window it flickers with black lines.The computer is a SONY VAIO VGN-NR120E and has no problems in Windows 10 and has been like this from day one though it does not ...
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How can I force all maximisable windows to open maximised?

Usually I work with all my windows being maximised except for those that cannot be maximised (e.g. calculator). Is it possible to tweak the behaviour as such that all maximisable windows always open ...
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Can a window be shown on every desktop?

Just installed eOS (Loki), and I like it so far. I have one small question that I can't find an answer to online, though: In Ubuntu, there's an option in a window's title bar context menu to "...
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Can you install Compiz on elementary OS

is there any way to enable wobbly windows effect on elementary OS 0.4 I tried to install compiz but after i install it i discovered that compiz is not compatible with pantheon
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Why are all elementary specific apps missing the 'Always on top' option?

I just realized that all elementary apps, unlike all other apps apps, are missing the Always on top option (among many others). Right clicking on the top bar in their windows only shows the Close ...
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Why is the window resize animation running slowly? [closed]

I'm running elementary on my desktop with Nvidia GTX460 graphic card and enough hardware power to run everything smoothly. Therefore it is very strange that when I change the size of my window, ...
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How can I exclude specific windows from Alt+Tab switching?

I am a frequent user of the keyboard shortcut Alt+Tab to switch focus between windows. I use a Chrome extension called Pure Pomodoro. This extension provides a simple timer window that automatically ...
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Have applications dock close with Windows key

I used the answer on Have application menu open up with only Windows key to open the applications dock with Win key (works perfectly). Is there a way to have it close again using Win key? It just ...
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How to vertically maximize windows in Elementary OS?

How can I stretch windows vertically so that they fill the entire available height of the screen? Maximizing a window fills up the total desktop space which I don't want. If the window is maximized I ...
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Show warning window when closing app?

Background: I run code (Python) using SublimeText (ST). Sometimes I forget I have a script running and close the editor, which obviously kills whatever process is running. I'd like to somehow prevent ...
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How can I disable “Middle-Click to Close” in Window Overview?

In Elementary OS Freya (0.3.2), if an item is middle-clicked on in Window Overview (super + w), such as Google Chrome or Terminal, that process is closed/killed. Is there anyway to disable this ...
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Change application switcher [duplicate]

Is there an easy option to change or edit the default application switcher? The current switcher is pretty cool with this fade of the windows and the reordered Plank when I just enjoy the system, but ...
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Tiling regularly breaks: window does not render in the same place where it registers clicks

It's about a 50/50 chance when I try to tile Chrome windows to the left and right half of the screen whether or not it works. I haven't been able to reliably determine how to reproduce it. What ...
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Change alt+tab behaviour [closed]

I strongly dislike the unintuitive behavior of the ALT+TAB switcher. Applications running: 1. Files, 2. Firefox 3. Terminal How to reproduce: - Press ALT+TAB twice - Press ALT+SHIFT+TAB ...
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Pantheon misbehaves after boot [closed]

I installed elementary Freya yesterday and I encountered a weird bug after rebooting. I'll try to explain it as best as I can. When I log into my session, the windows do not behave properly : I can'...
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Change window control buttons under Loki [duplicate]

How can i set windows control buttons to be windows style (minimize, maximize, close) via command line? I've tried: gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout :minimize,...
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WIndows Opening Off Screen

I have a 4 monitor setup with one of my screens rotated. I am having an issue where when I open applications they are opening half on screen half off. I though perhaps the desktop itself might be ...
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How to reduce “Files” 0.3.2 window size?

Before updating the size of the file manager windows might be smaller. The problem is more visible on the other skins, e.g. Arc Theme. It is a way to remove this restriction? Screenshot presents the ...
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Why can't I maximize Settings window?

Every time I open System Settings it won't let me maximize the window and part of it strangely hidden below (!) the screen, so I can't reach some of the settings (like the "Apply" button). Clicking on ...
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Maximized windows hide behind wingpanel [closed]

Everytime I maximize a windows, a bit of the top hides behind the top bar on eOS Juno. Screenshots: Normal behavior (Not maximized, on Files) Bug (Files) Normal behavior (Firefox) Bug (Firefox)
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How to disable saved state for pantheon-terminal?

Every time I open a new terminal window it opens on top of the last one I opened. I would like it to be opened in the middle of my screen. I've tried editing org.pantheon.terminal.saved-state opening-...
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Elementary transparent theme not working properly [duplicate]

I installed the elementary-transparent-theme and used the tweak tools to change the GTK+ and metacity themes to transparent. The transparent theme works fine in GTK+ windows, but in metacity windows (...
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How can I select a window in overview mode (Meta + w) using the keyboard?

I am a frequent user of the overview mode provided by Meta + w. There I can select a window by using left mouse click on the window. Is it also possible to select a window using only the keyboard?
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How do I turn off the windows gradient? [SOLVED]

How do I turn off the gradient of the windows? Currently I am using the elementary-x (white version) theme and the gradient on the windows makes the close, minimise and maximise buttons to look kind ...
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Can I run multiple instances of plank that only shows the current windows windows?

I currently have 2 plank's running, but they show all of the workspaces current windows. I need them to show only the current windows tasks.
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Split a vertically window

Can we split a vertical window in two equally parts? Something like:
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Elementary OS update - Save button missing when trying to download from internet browser [closed]

The following problem emerged after the previous software update was installed. When I try to save something from the internet on a browser, I get a window in which I can browse my file system to ...