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       backstep - Backstep is a program that draws icons for minimized windows
       on your desktop.


       backstep [options]...


       Backstep is a program that draws icons for minimized  windows  on  your
       desktop.   It   doesn’t   depend   on   the  window  manager  or  on  a
       desktop-drawing program (for example, I use it with  Nautilus).  It  is
       meant  to work with window managers that are EWHM compliant. However, I
       only know for sure that it works with Metacity and Xfwm4.  And  I  know
       that it doesn’t work with Fluxbox and that it only partially works with
       Kwin (hopefully this will be corrected soon). I haven’t yet  tested  it
       with other window managers.

       Drawing  icons for minimized windows on the desktop might be considered
       a step backwards by many people (hence the name), but I find it  useful
       to identify minimized windows by position rather than by name.


       1)   Simple  to  use.  You do not have to configure anything - just run

       2)  Session management support - at least to the extent  that  backstep
       adds itself to the session so that it will be started automatically the
       next time you log in to your desktop environment.

       3)  Grouping. Windows can be grouped together  (by  right  clicking  on
       their  icons  and  selecting  a group) so that when one window from the
       group is shown or hidden, all windows in the group are shown or hidden.

       4)   Configurable.  You  can make some adjustments to the way the icons
       look. This is done through a simple configuration  dialog  launched  by
       right-clicking on an icon.


         -?, --help               Show these help options
         -c, --client=ID          Client id for session management
         -n, --no-daemon          Do not run as a daemon
         -v, --version            output version information and exit
         --display=DISPLAY        X display to use


       Backstep was written by Christopher Carroll <>.

       This  manual page was written by Mario Limonciello <>,
       for the Ubuntu project (but may be used by others).

                              September 27, 2006