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How to define windows position under GNOME

asked 2013-10-31 02:58:42 -0600

shaiton gravatar image

updated 2014-09-29 00:12:47 -0600

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When using an external display as primary screen with your laptop and you unplug it, all your windows would be moved to the first virtual workspace on your laptop.

I am looking for a way to move back my workspaces when I plug the external screen again. There is no easy solutions for that, hence:

  • could we save somewhere the windows position?
  • could we start an app at a specific position from console? (I don't mind closing some app)
  • could we move a window from the console?

It's likely to go against the GNOME principles, therefore probably hard to archive.

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answered 2013-10-31 06:12:48 -0600

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updated 2013-10-31 07:54:06 -0600


it used to be an application called (devilspie) that could do windows matching and set behaviour (position, extended/minimized, ...).

The point I'm a bit sceptical about how it handles several screens, and how to trigger actions when a new screen is plugged.

However the application worth the look.

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Looks nice, thanks! However I am going to start with devilspie2 from

shaiton gravatar imageshaiton ( 2013-11-01 07:39:07 -0600 )edit

Oh I didn't know someone created devilspie2, I'll have a look.

baptistemm gravatar imagebaptistemm ( 2013-11-01 11:10:19 -0600 )edit

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