awesome wm is a window manager mostly written in lua
move / resize windows
the first problem I got is how to move/resize windows (without reading the manpage)
to move window, use
mod4 + left mouse to resize window,
mod4 + right mouse
on my laptop,
mod4 is the
other hot-keys are:
mod4 + m: maximize
mod4 + n: minimize
mod4 + f: fullscreen
mod4 + shift + c: kill
mod4 + shift + [1-9]: send window to tag
alt + tab not always work, the correct keys to switching between window are
mod4 + j: next
mod4 + k: previous
mod4 + left: previous tag (the numbers on the top)
mod4 + right: next tag
mod4 + 1-9: switch to tag 1-9
mod4 + esc: previous selected tag
very powerful, but I need spend more time to understand it.
can also click on the top-right corner icon to switch layouts.
these hot-keys already can do some nice things:
mod4 + space: switch to next layout
mod4 + shift + space: switch to previous layout
mod4 + h: decrease width by 5%
mod4 + l: increase width by 5%
mod4 + ctrl + space: toggle floating status
mod4 + m to un-maximize window when it is maximized by layouts)
I super love the magnified layout: working window in center, center window changed when navigating with
mod4 + j /
mod4 + k, can also click on windows in the background to bring it to center, very useful.
alt-f2 is the hot-key to run commands under gnome-flashback, I use it a lot.
so the first thing I need to find out is the hot-key to run commands:
mod4 + r
once you pressed, there's a tiny little
Run: input box appears on the top bar. (support
mod4 + enter will spawn a new terminal emulator.
first create a local
$ mkdir -p ~/.config/awesome $ cp /etc/xdg/awesome/rc.lua ~/.config/awecome/
then you can customize awesome wm by editing
after you saved, restart
awesome by click the menu or
mod4 + ctrl + r (won't kill your running windows)
enable title bar
find this line and set it to true
local titlebars_enabled = false
below this line are settings for the titlebar, I'll move close button to the most left hand side for example.
set default layout
local layouts =, there're list of layouts enabled.
commit the line to disable the layout, and put one you like to first line to be the default layout.
open window at slave
by default, open new window will replace your master, find this line and un-comment it will solve this problem:
mod4 + shift + j to move it to master
disable focus window on mouse over
find this comment and disable the block
-- Enable sloppy focus
in lua, disable block of code by wrapping it by
volume keys are not working under awesome wm, I followed this guide: Volume control and display to make them work.
(you'll need to paste codes to different places in
rc.lua, just append codes to
rc.lua causes errors)
nm-applet, append this line to
awful.util.spawn_with_shell("pgrep -u $USER -x nm-applet > /dev/null || (nm-applet &)")
another one is more native Net widgets
nautilus will start a desktop process, seems not easy to disable it.
thunar has some xfce dependency, not like it either.
I use pcmanfm for now, quite good.
(actually I'm also using midnight commander, but it doesn't work well with