A “tabbed” desktop

July 21, 2008

K.Mandla has already written about my “tabbed desktop”. Here is a little more information:

To create the effect of a ‘tabbed’ desktop, I have been running tint2 at the top of my screen, covering the window decorations. With the right colour and size settings, you can easily create the appearance of a tabbed desktop.

Hayagriva and my “tabbed” desktop

Two things make this method somewhat practical: First of all, I run most of my applications maximized; smaller, ‘floating’ windows somewhat destroy the tabbed feel of the desktop. Secondly, since tint covers the window decorations and makes it thus unable to close, iconify or shade the window, make it sticky, or send it to another desktop, you should be able to perform these actions with the keyboard, through keybindings.

Since K.Mandla’s post, I’ve made a small adjustment to the desktop: I added a clock and remind to my top task bar, using dzen2 (I initially also had a volume bar in it, but dropped that). My dmenu scripts also load in that exact area, using the same colour settings and covering both tint and dzen.

If you’re interested, this is my dzen2 script, and this is my tintrc. The Openbox and Gtk theme I use is Bygone (somewhat modified).

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4 Responses to “A “tabbed” desktop”

  1. [...] The improved version added extra configuration abilities as well as drag/drop support, but is clearly intended to be more than just a task list. The latest release, 0.6, added among other things a configurable clock, and launchers seem to be planned. Like some panels, Tint now also automatically sets a margin for it so that other windows cannot overlap it and the task list always remains visible (unfortunately, you can’t make this optional, as far as I can tell, so I cannot use 0.6 for my tabbed desktop effect…) [...]

  2. ph said

    I used to undecorate all Windows through the rc-file,
    and added selfmade iconify/min.max/close-Buttons to pypanel, using wmctrl.. the effect is similar, but you can even close,… windows with the mouse.

  3. urukrama said

    If you configure tint properly, you can also close etc. the windows with mouse clicks on the task. See the bottom of my tintrc file linked to above.

  4. eSPete said

    the links to http://dotfiles.org/~urukrama/tintrc seem to be dead… can you pleace upload them again, cus i would really like to try this tabbed desktop.

    /eSPete

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