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NAME

       windowlab - a window manager for X11

SYNOPSIS

       windowlab [options...]

DESCRIPTION

       windowlab is a small and simple window manager of novel design.

       It  has  a  click-to-focus  but  not  raise-on-focus  policy,  a window
       resizing mechanism that allows one or many edges  of  a  window  to  be
       changed  in  one action, and an innovative menubar that shares the same
       part of the screen as the taskbar. Window titlebars are prevented  from
       going off the edge of the screen by constraining the mouse pointer, and
       when appropriate the pointer is also constrained to the taskbar/menubar
       in order to make target menu items easier to hit.

       WindowLab places a taskbar at the top of the screen and adds a titlebar
       to the top of each window. These titlebars consist of a draggable area,
       and three icons on the right hand side. When left clicked, these icons:

       * hide the window
       *  toggle  the  window's Z order Amiga style (if it's not at the front,
       bring it to the front, otherwise send it to the back)
       * close the window

       Another way of toggling a window's Z order (depth) is  by  double  left
       clicking on the draggable part of its titlebar.

       Windows'  titlebars  are  prevented  from leaving the screen and cannot
       overlap the taskbar.

       The taskbar should list all windows currently in use. Left clicking  on
       a  window's  taskbar  item will give that window focus and toggle its Z
       order (depth).

       To resize the active window hold down alt and push against the window's
       edges with the left mouse button down.

       If you right click outside a client window, WindowLab's taskbar becomes
       a menubar. Releasing the right mouse button over a selected  menu  item
       will  start  a  corresponding  external program. WindowLab will look in
       each of the following files in turn for definitions of the menu  labels
       and commands:

       * ~/.windowlab/windowlab.menurc
       *   ../etc/windowlab.menurc   (from   the   directory   containing  the
       executable)
       * /etc/X11/windowlab/windowlab.menurc

       Each line in the menurc file should have the menu label, a  colon,  and
       then the corresponding command, eg:

       The GIMP:gimp

       New   windows  (that  don't  specify  their  location)  are  positioned
       according to the coordinates of the mouse - the top-left hand corner of
       a  new window is set to the location of the mouse pointer (if necessary
       the window will be moved to ensure that all of it is on the screen).

       WindowLab has the following keyboard controls. Hold down alt and press:

       * tab to give focus to the previous window
       * q to give focus to the next window
       * F11 to toggle fullscreen mode on and off for non transient windows
       * F12 to toggle the window's depth. This is the same as left clicking a
       window's middle icon

OPTIONS

       -font font-spec
              Draw window titles with the font defined by font-spec.

       -border  color,  -text  color,  -active  color,  -inactive color, -menu
       color, -selected color, -empty color
              Use color for the borders, the text, the active background,  the
              inactive  background,  the  menubar,  the selected menu item and
              empty parts of the screen.

       -about Print information to stdout and exit.

       -display
              Sets which X display will be managed by windowlab.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

       DISPLAY Sets which X display will be managed by windowlab.

MENU SYSTEM

       This version of WindowLab  supports  the  Debian  Menu  subsystem.   To
       update  the  menus, it suffices to execute the command update-menus. If
       executed as root, the system setting in

             /etc/X11/windowlab/windowlab.menurc

       will be affected, whereas execution by any  underprivileged  user  only
       effects the private resource file in

             ~/.windowlab/windowlab.menurc.

       The following files tune the compilation of auto-generated menus:

       /etc/X11/windowlab/debian_config, ~/.windowlab/debian_config
              Debian-specific    system    configuration   and   user-specific
              overrides.

       /etc/X11/windowlab/common_menu
              A common tail part, that currently encompasses About, Reload and
              Quit. All users get these entries included in their menu.

       ~/.windowlab/user_menu
              Menu entries hand-picked by the individual user.

SIGNALS

       When  WindowLab  receives  a SIGHUP signal, it will reload all relevant
       menu resource files, thus updating the menu bar.

SEE ALSO

       X(7), The Inter-Client Communication Conventions Manual (from the X11R6
       documentation).

AUTHOR

       Nick Gravgaard (me at nickgravgaard.com)



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