Window Maker/9.2

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Window Maker is a light-weight window manager that was designed to reproduce the elegant look and feel of the NEXTSTEP user interface.

Figure 5.9a shows a screenshot of Window Maker running on PC-BSD. In this example, the user launched the Application menu by right-clicking an area of the desktop.

Figure 5.9a: Window Maker on PC-BSD


In addition to PC-BSD's utilities, Window Maker provides the following utilities:

  • WPrefs: located as an icon on the desktop (has a screwdriver) and in Appearance -> Preferences Utility. Allows you to configure window focus, window placement, menu alignment, icons, keyboard actions, mouse, fonts, and various other window manager settings.
  • FSViewer: a file manager found in Utils -> File Manager.
  • wmakerconf: found in Utils -> wmaker.conf. Allows you to fine-tune your menu entries as well as your desktop's appearance, themes, background, mouse, and special effects. Figure 5.9b shows windowconf with the Menus button selected.

Figure 5.9b: Editing the Application Menu using windowconf


Working with the Dock

Window Maker uses a "dock" to store application shortcuts. The dock appears as a series of icons in the upper right corner of the desktop. By default, there are three docked applications: About GNUstep, xterm, and Wprefs. Docked applications always show on the desktop, even after you close an application or close and restart your Window Maker session.

Whenever you start an application, an icon will appear in the lower left corner of the screen. You can move that icon elsewhere on the desktop with your mouse. If you right-click the icon, you have the option to hide/unhide the icon, set icon (change its picture), or kill the application. If you drag the icon onto the dock, it will remain on the desktop.

Once an icon is "docked", a settings menu is added to the icon's right-click menu. Figure 5.9c demonstrates how to configure an icon for Control Panel.

Figure 5.9c: Configuring an Icon


how to create dockable icons

working with docks

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