Window manager

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A window manager is a program running inside the desktop environment that cares for functionalities like moving windows, switching focus between windows and context menus.

The following window managers are common:

  • kwin: part of the KDE desktop environment. To start it replacing other window managers open a console and run
kwin --replace
  • openbox: lightweight window manager, often used with LXDE. To start it replacing other window managers open a console and run
openbox --replace
  • gtk-window-decorator: GNOME window manager. To start it replacing other window managers open a console and run
gtk-window-decorator --replace