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

Here is another approach without installing any additional software. Open a terminal session and run one of the following commands: Default Button Style gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala....
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What are the different methods to switch between windows and workspaces?

Windows You can switch between windows several ways: Click on the window you want to switch to Click on the app's icon in the dock Hover over the app's icon in the dock and scroll up and down Press ...
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Can I swap the close buttons from the left to the right?

Yes you can. First you need to install dconf-editor with: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools Once it is installed, open it and search for the entry: org/pantheon/desktop/gala/appearance/button-layout ...
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How to set the terminal to "always on top" in elementary OS?

Although disabled by default, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to enable any window to stay on top in Gala. Simply assign your desired key combination to the Toggle always on Top option located ...
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Can I switch between windows of the same app using plank?

You can either scroll over the icon in plank, or right-click it for a context menu which includes open windows of the application.
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Can I force full screen mode for any application?

You definitely can for gVim. I think this works on most apps, including ones that don't have a full screen mode, for example System Settings. Open up System Settings and click Keyboard and then check ...
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How can I exclude specific windows from Alt+Tab switching?

I don't think this is possible, and I also don't think it will be a feature that will be implemented in the future. As you may be aware, elementary OS will always try to have the least amount of ...
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How can I disable that windows get maximized if i put them on top of the display?

You can customize this with gsettings in Terminal: gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.behavior edge-tiling false Use true to revert to default behavior. Or use the graphical dconf Editor. You ...
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Split application windows to fit the screen

Luís de Sousa answered on Ask Ubuntu: To set a window occupying the left half of the screen use this shortcut: Ctrl + Super + ← For the right half: Ctrl + Super + → Super is the Windows key.
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Can I swap the close buttons from the left to the right?

You could also install elementary-tweaks sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks Open switchboard->Tweaks and change ...
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Split application windows to fit the screen

If you drag the windows to either corner of the screen, they will snap into place. To snap them back to their original size just click and drag away from the side of the screen again.
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Can I set an app window's width, height, and position from Terminal?

Using wmctrl The program wmctrl allows to you to get infos and change the states of currently open windows. Install it by typing sudo apt-get install wmctrl. Type wmctrl -l to output a list of ...
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Universal Access Zoom In/Out

By default, elementary OS has a magnifier that can be used by pressing ⌘++ to zoom in and ⌘+- to zoom out. Note that ⌘ refers to the "Super" key, which on your hardware might have a Windows logo, an ...
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How to disable desktop switch on fullscreen

You can deactivate this feature by disabling dynamic workspaces in gala preferences. Open dconf Editor, if you have it, and go to org -> pantheon -> desktop -> gala -> behavior and untick dynamic-...
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Change window control buttons under Loki

Install tweaker for Loki: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementary-tweaks sudo apt update sudo apt install elementary-tweaks Then Appearance - Windows Controls - Layout (Windows, OS X, etc)...
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How to minimize a window?

First, welcome to elementary OS! Hope you've found a Linux home!!! To my knowledge, there are three different ways you are able to minimize a window. Two are available to a user right out of the box ...
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What are the different methods to switch between windows and workspaces?

For anyone who landed here only interested in switching between windows of the same application, I wrote a python script to achieve this. Gist available here: https://gist.github.com/tysonholub/...
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Windows(freya) always open in background?

IMO this is the single most frustrating bug present in elementary OS. Unfortunately the only realistic current fix for this bug I know about is applying this patch to gala and recompiling it yourself....
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How can I completely unbind the default "switch windows" keyboard shortcuts?

I discovered a workaround via this answer to a related question. First, use gsettings to find the internal configuration setting we wish to change: gsettings list-recursively | grep -i switch # ... #...
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How to remember the last window size?

Ahhh sorry, I was already able to find the solution. As long as I disable the setting that windows do not get maximized when its above 70%, the last size is now remembered !! Solution: gsettings set ...
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Keep Plank unhidden and maximize windows to plank like in OS X?

You achieve that result by setting the "Never hide" option in System settings > Desktop > Dock.
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WIndows Opening Off Screen

Quick answer to your second question. You can drag a window by clicking anywhere inside of it with the combination Super + left click.
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How to minimize a window?

You can also set a hot-corner to achieve this in the Desktop settings. Then, all you have to do is point the mouse to the corner and the window will minimize. As you can see below, mine is set to ...
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Bug, fullscreen Atom. The window is *hidden*

The same thing also happens with Brave (browser). It's clear that the window is maximized, as the panel at the top becomes black. If you click and drag down just below the black panel, the program ...
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Firefox GTK3 build(s) not usable/working

The solution is to install gtk3-nocsd package and to preload the small library provided by it by adding something like: env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/gtk3-nocsd/gtk3-nocsd.so in front of the command ...
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How do I move / reach a window that I "left" on a second screen?

Disable the second screen monitor in Display settings when it isn't in use. Any windows will be forced to your only screen, and all new windows will stay on this screen. You can also try SUPER+DOWN ...
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Bind mouse buttons to switch between windows

Although I did install xbindkeys, I did not install xautomation, which allowed me to automate and assign key combinations like alt+tab. For a detailed explanation, you can follow the link posted by ...
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How does one cycle through windows of the same application?

Edit: This is not the correct answer for the above question. When i wrote this i was thinking about tabs of an application and not windows. So, this answer works for cycling through tabs of an app. ...
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Can I configure an app to be always visible across all workspaces?

It is possible to create a keyboard shortcut for this setting which seems to work for any window, including those without title bar menu. It's in System settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Windows > ...
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How to reduce "Files" 0.3.2 window size?

The minimum window size (910 x 640 in pixels) is now hard coded into Files as the result of a recent merge, so cannot be changed (except with a bug request, possibly). It was thought to be a ...
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