Customize The Enlightenment Desktop - Part 4 - Windows

Customise Enlightenment - Windows
Customise Enlightenment - Windows.

Customize The Enlightenment Desktop - Part 4 - Windows

Welcome to part 4 of the Enlightenment Desktop Customization Guide.

If you have stumbled across this article first you might be interested in reading the following guides first:

This week's guide is all about window management and in particular customizing the windows display

To get started left click on the Enlightenment Desktop and choose "Settings -> Settings Panel". Expand the settings Windows and choose the Windows icon along the top.

There are 7 windows setting screens:

  • Window Display
  • Window Focus
  • Window Geometry
  • Window List Menu
  • Window Remembers
  • Window Process Management
  • Window Switcher.

Window Display

The image above shows the first tab on the Window Display settings screen.

This screen has 4 tabs:

  • Display
  • New Windows
  • Shading
  • Screen Limits

The Display tab lets you set whether you want a little message to appear showing the size of an application window as you hover over it. You can also choose to have a message showing the size of a window as you resize it.

Simply check the "display information" checkbox under "move geometry" to show the position of a window as you move it. If you want the message to follow the window as you move it also check the box for "follows the window" under "move geometry."

If you want the message to show the size of the window as you resize it check the "display information" checkbox under "resize geometry". Again if you want the message to follow the window check the box for "follows the window" under "resize geometry."

New Windows

The new windows tab lets you decide where new windows open. There are 4 places where a new window can open:

  • smart placement - basically Enlightenment decides the best place
  • don't hide gadgets - windows appear so that on-screen gadgets aren't hidden
  • place at mouse pointer - puts the window where the mouse pointer is on the screen
  • place manually with the mouse - place the window yourself with the mouse

There are two other checkboxes on this screen. One lets you open new windows so that it is grouped with windows of the same application.

The other will automatically switch to the desktop of the new window when it is opened. You might think that this would be the window you are currently on because that is where you are opening the application but if you have chosen the group with windows of the same application they may be on another desktop.


This is a cosmetic setting and simply defines the size and style of the shading.

You can choose whether the shading is animated or not by checking the "animate" checkbox. To change the size of the shading slide the slider control to the number of pixels you want shaded.

The other options on the screen let you decide how the shading is to be applied:

  • Linear
  • Accelerate, then decelerate
  • Accelerate
  • Decelerate
  • Pronounced Accelerate
  • Pronounced Decelerate
  • Pronounced Accelerate and then Decelerate
  • Bounce
  • Bounce More

I could try and explain these effects to you but it really is a case of trying them out and choosing the one that suits your needs the best.

Screen Limits

The screen limits tab lets you decide how windows react with the edge of the screen.

The options are to allow windows to fully leave the screen, partially leave the screen or remain within the boundaries of the screen.

All you have to do is choose the appropriate radio button.

When you have finished changing settings click the "apply" button or the "ok" button to save them.


As I go through this series of tutorials about Enlightenment it is becoming more and more clear that there are a huge array of settings and every single aspect can be tweaked.

Have you tried Bodhi Linux yet? If not, it is definitely worth a go.