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Langue: en

Version: 2010-07-24 (ubuntu - 24/10/10)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


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.
Designed to integrate with the GNOME desktop environment
Hybrid approach: Stacking window layout & tiling layouts available
All features accessible from mouse, as well as keyboard
Maximizing & minimizing windows in all layouts
Good multihead support
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 <>
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et, dans la vie, qu'à ce qui ne l'est pas.
-+- Gilbert Cesbron (1913-1979), de petites choses. -+-