window manager

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computing: software: window manager


A window manager is system software which, generally speaking, handles the drawing of windows on the screen: size, position, borders, standard widgets (such as buttons for closing, minimizing, maximizing, etc.) and decorations. Window managers are part of the desktop environment system software.

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In Microsoft Windows, the window manager is an inextricable part of the system; in Linux, however, where the desktop environment is a replaceable part, window managers are also replaceable components.

Very Incomplete List of Window Managers