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       bluetile - full-featured tiling for the GNOME desktop environment


       bluetile [--help] [--version] [--restart]


       Bluetile is a tiling window manager designed to integrate with the
       GNOME desktop environment. It provides both a traditional, stacking
       layout mode as well as tiling layouts where windows are arranged to use
       the entire screen without overlapping. Bluetile tries to make the
       tiling paradigm easily accessible to users coming from traditional
       window managers by drawing on known conventions and providing both
       mouse and keyboard access for all features.

       o   Designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment

       o   Hybrid approach: Stacking window layout & tiling layouts available

       o   All features accessible from mouse, as well as keyboard

       o   Maximizing & minimizing windows in all layouts

       o   Good multihead support

       o   Proper handling of fullscreen applications


       To quickly get up and running just start Bluetile from your current
       window manager/desktop environment (preferably GNOME). Bluetile will
       replace the currently running window manager (if the window manager
       supports this) and start up.

       One way to set up Bluetile as your default window manager under GNOME
       is to make sure that the environment variable WINDOW_MANAGER contains
       the path to the Bluetile binary before GNOME starts. This can be
       achieved by putting something like the following line into ~/.gnomerc:

         export WINDOW_MANAGER=bluetile

       If you use a packaged version of Bluetile, your distribution might
       already provide you with a preconfigured xsession.


       --help    print help message

       --version print the version number

       --restart request a running Bluetile process to restart


       This is a list of most keyboard shortcuts for Bluetile:

         Win+Return      Launch terminal
         Win+p           Launch GNOME "Run application" dialog

         Win+a           Switch to stacking window layout
         Win+s           Switch to tiled horizontal layout
         Win+d           Switch to tiled vertical layout
         Win+f           Switch to fullscreen layout

         Win+j           Move focus to the next window
         Win+k           Move focus to the previous window
         Win+Space       Move focus to the master window
         Win+Shift+j     Swap the focused window with the next window
         Win+Shift+k     Swap the focused window with the previous window
         Win+Shift+Space Swap the focused window with the master window

         Win+h           Shrink the master area
         Win+l           Expand the master area
         Win+u           Shrink a slave area
         Win+i           Expand a slave area
         Win+,           Increment the number of windows in the master area
         Win+.           Decrement the number of windows in the master area

         Win+Shift+c     Close the focused window
         Win+z           Maximize/zoom focused window
         Win+m           Minimize focused window
         Win+Shift+m     Restore next minimized window
         Win+o           Show window menu for focused window
         Win+t           Push dialog window back into tiling

         Win+1 .. Win+9, Win+0
           Switch to workspace N

         Win+Shift+1 .. Win+Shift+9, Win+Shift+0
           Move client to workspace N

         Win+w, Win+e, Win+r
           Switch to physical/Xinerama screens 1, 2 or 3

         Win+Shift+w, Win+Shift+e, Win+Shift+r
           Move client to physical/Xinerama screen 1, 2 or 3

         Win+F5          Refresh layout
         Win+Shift+q     Quit Bluetile


       Edit the file ~/.bluetilerc to configure Bluetile.


       Jan Vornberger <>