Gdevilspie

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gdevilspie is a neat little GTK+ app that serves as a frontend (GUI) for devilspie that makes all sorts of detailed manipulations on windows very easy. In general, it is used by creating a new rule, describing what you want to manipulate and how it should act. Details can be found under Links, below.

Use

It is easier to explain how to use it with a concrete example than to try to use general terms. The game of Hearts (gnome-hearts) always shows in a small format and lands on whatever workspace is active. That behavior can be changed in the following way:

  • Launch Hearts (only running windows/applications will show up when you click Get)
  • Launch gdevilspie
  • Start the demon if not running, and check box to start the demon automatically at login
  • Click the gdevilspie Matching tab
    • Click "New"
    • Put "Hearts" in the title
    • Check box next to window_name in the LEFT pane
    • Click the cursor in the box next to matches in the RIGHT pane (you can also use equals if you are sure of the name)
    • Click the Get button and highlight Hearts on the list
    • Click Apply
    • Verify both panels are correct
  • Click on the gdevilspie Action tab
    • Check the box next to set_workspace in the LEFT pane
    • Use the menu to select the workspace you want (e.g.: 4) in the RIGHT panel
    • Check the box next to maximize in the LEFT pane
    • Verify both items are correct on both panels.
  • Click Save
  • Click the red Stop button to turn gdevilspie off
  • Click the green Start to turn gdevilspie back on
  • Test by going  to a different workspace than where you want it and launching Hearts

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