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Take Charge of Your Window Manager with WMCTRL and Devil's Pie

Jan 01, 2008, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shashank Sharma)

"There are literally dozens of window managers that you can use with your favorite desktop environment to get a beautiful and appealing desktop. If you want to fine-tune your window manager, here are two programs that can help you control everything from application window size to pinning an application to all workspaces to fixing a position for your application windows to resizing desktops. One, wmctrl, works with any window managers that adheres to the Extended Window Manager Hints (EWMH), while Devil's Pie is a window-matching utility, which means it can configure application windows based on defined rules.

"wmctrl is a command-line utility that can be used to manipulate or control various aspects of application windows and the desktop environment. Fedora and Ubuntu users can use yum or apt-get respectively to install wmctrl on their machines, or you can grab the compressed tarball from the software's Web site..."

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