Dynamic window manager

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In computing, a dynamic window manager is a tiling window manager where windows are tiled based on preset layouts between which the user can switch. Layouts typically have a master area and a slave area. The master area usually shows one window, but one can also change the number of windows in this area. Its purpose is to reserve more space for the more important window(s). The slave area shows the other windows.

Tiling window managers that don't use layouts are called manual tiling window managers. They let the user decide where windows should be placed.

X Window System[edit]

The following dynamic window managers are available for the X Window System:


  1. ^ i3 has a tabbed layout but stores its windows in a tree, requiring the user to tile manually.
  2. ^ sway is intended to be a Wayland-based replacement for i3.[3] See the footnote above on i3.


  1. ^ a b (in German) Falko Benthin (Dec 2008) Herr der Fenster. Schlanker Windowmanager Awesome, alt. link, LinuxUser
  2. ^ Awesome window manager homepage
  3. ^ "Sway". Retrieved 2 September 2021.