The wmii Window Manager
wmii is a tiling window manager for X Window.
wmii takes commands in the form of M-whatever, where M is the mod key on the keyboard (usually the ALT key these days).
- default layout (M-d): all windows in column arranged to take up equal space
- stacked layout (M-s): front window in column shown fully, other windows reduced to title bar
- fullscreen layout (M-f): front window in fullscreen over all columns, others invisibly behind it
- maximized layout (M-m): front window of column show only, others invisibly behind it
- floating layout (M-SPACE, M-SHIFT-SPACE): float window like a traditional window manager (useful for some apps like GIMP)
- Resize a column by clicking and dragging with M-mouse3. (It's easier than finding the window border.)
N.B.—if you lose a floating window, use
M-SPACE to re-focus the floating layer.
Views are basically like virtual desktops. Change between them with M-1, M-2, M-3, etc.
Move a focused window to a different view with M-SHIFT-2 (or whatever number you want to move it to).
View can be named rather than just numbered 0-9. Use M-t.
Move between windows or columns with the vi movement keys (M-hjkl). Reposition windows with M-SHIFT-hjkl. Columns are automatically created when you move a windows to the right or left of an existing column.
- M-ENTER opens a terminal window
- M-p is the launcher; just start typing the program name
- M+Shift+c closes the focused window
- M+Shift+L (or h) creates a new column
- M-a is the Action menu
- M-a 'exec wmii' will restart wmii without killing X
- Put config stuff in the '~/.wmii/wmiirc_local' file
© Paul Gorman