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README.md

MintWindowManager

Window Manager for Linux Mint (Mate, Cinnamon, etc)

Description

Bash scripts to tile a window on a certain position of the screen and resizes them. The scripts can be used with keyboard shortcuts. The scripts are most suitable for Linux computers using "normal" and "wide" monitors (see below) because they resize windows to 34%, 50%, or 66% of the screen width. More specifically, I developed these scripts working on a 27" monitor and a 37.5" Curved one.

Dependencies

sudo apt install xdotool wmctrl x11-xserver-utils

Description of bash scripts

This repository includes two types of script: scripts that tile windows (the mv*.sh scripts) and scripts that resize windows by changing their heights (the resize*.sh scripts). The window width depend on the resolution width of the display; if greater than 600mm I consider the monitor to be "wide".

I will use cardinal directions such as E for East, NW for North West, C for Center to describe the positions on the screen. The mv*.sh scripts resize the current window to 50% (34% for wide monitors) of the screen width and move them to the corresponding cardinal position. When a script is invoked a second time, the window will be resized to 66% or 34% (50% for ultrawide monitors) of the screen width for windows tiled on the West or East, respectively.

The resize*.sh scripts resize the height of the windows. By invoking the scripts multiple times, windows can be resized to a height of 25%, 33%, 50%, 66%, 75%.

For Linux Mint MATE the scripts take into account MATE panels on the bottom and on the left (if any).

Keyboard Shortcuts

I personally use the following keyboard shortcuts to the following scripts:

Keyboard Shortcut Script Action
Ctrl + WinKey + Up resizeup.sh Increase a window's height to 33%, 50%, 66%, or 75% of the screen height
Ctrl + WinKey + Down resizedown.sh Decrease a window's height to 25%, 33%, 50%, or 66% of the screen height

For "normal" monitors, i.e. monitors with width lower than 600mm:

Keyboard Shortcut Script Action
Ctrl + WinKey + Page Up mvW.sh Move window to the Left, resize to 50% or 66% of screen width
Ctrl + WinKey + Page Down mvE.sh Move window to the Right, resize to 50% or 34% of screen width
Ctrl + WinKey + Left mvSW.sh Move window to the Bottom Left corner, resize to 50% or 66% of screen width
Ctrl + WinKey + Right mvSE.sh Move window to the Bottom Right corner, resize to 50% or 34% of screen width
Shift + Ctrl + WinKey + Left mvNW.sh Move window to the Top Left corner, resize to 50% or 66% of screen width
Shift + Ctrl + WinKey + Right mvNE.sh Move window to the Top Right corner, resize to 50% or 34% of screen width

For ultrawide monitors with monitor width greater than 600mm:

Keyboard Shortcut Script Action
Ctrl + WinKey + 1 mvW.sh Move window to the Left, resize to 34% or 50% of screen width
Ctrl + WinKey + 2 mvC.sh Move window to the Center, resize to 34% of screen width
Ctrl + WinKey + 3 mvW.sh Move window to the Right, resize to 34% or 50% of screen width

These keyboard shortcuts can be programmatically set by using these lines of code:

#Change the following variable to the installation path
INSTALLATIONPATH="Dropbox/scripts/MintWM"

RELEASE=`env | grep DESKTOP_SESSION= | sed 's/DESKTOP_SESSION=//'`

#any monitor
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom20/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/resizeup.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom20/name "'resizeup'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom20/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>Up'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom21/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/resizedown.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom21/name "'resizedown'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom21/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>Down'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom22/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvSW.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom22/name "'mvSW'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom22/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>Left'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom23/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvSE.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom23/name "'mvSE'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom23/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>Right'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom24/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvNW.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom24/name "'mvNW'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom24/binding "'<Primary><Shift><Mod4>Left'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom25/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvNE.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom25/name "'mvNE'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom25/binding "'<Primary><Shift><Mod4>Right'"

#normal monitors
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom26/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvW.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom26/name "'mvW'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom26/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>Page_Up'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom27/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvE.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom27/name "'mvE'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom27/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>Page_Down'"

#wide monitors
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom28/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvW.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom28/name "'mvW'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom28/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>1'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom29/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvE.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom29/name "'mvE'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom29/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>3'"

dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom30/action "'bash ${INSTALLATIONPATH}/mvC.sh'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom30/name "'mvC'"
dconf write /org/${RELEASE}/desktop/keybindings/custom30/binding "'<Primary><Mod4>2'"
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