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Xfce as a tiling window manager

Tiling window managers

I flirted with tiling window managers on Linux.

I liked them. I still like them. I may go back to them.

But I like a standard desktop more, at least for now.

Here's the thing.

Xfce can tile windows just fine!

So with Xfce, I have the best of both worlds.

Setting up tiling on Xfce

Xfce does not tile by default, at least on Debian stretch.

The potential is there, but no keystrokes are associated with tiling commands.

To fix this, go to Settings -> Window Manager. Click the Keyboard tab.

Scroll down to to the tiling commands.

There are eight of them. I use four:

Tile window to the top
Tile window to the bottom
Tile window to the left 
Tile window to the right

Use all eight if you so desire!

Double-click each command and give the keystrokes you want to use.

This was a little weird, at least for me.

I thought I would describe the keys I wanted to use in a field.

But no. I had to type the actual keys.

For example, double click on Tile window to the top.

Then type Ctrl + up (Ctrl + the up arrow, my choice) or whatever you want.

Do this for all of them. I found control and the arrow keys a good choice.

Using tiling on Xfce

With a window open, type a tiling command.

The window will stick where you want it to stick.

I like to tile windows to the left and the right.

Cycle through windows with Alt-Tab to avoid a mouse.

There is no limit to how many windows you can tile.

You will hide some if you overdo it, but you can find them with Alt-tab.

Consider that Xfce has twelve workspaces!

Cycle through workspaces with Ctrl-F1, Ctrl-F2, up to Ctrl-F12.

That's all the tiling power I need!


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