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[How To]: Set A Single Or All Windows To Start In Maximized Mode Using CCSM

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Here’s another CCSM [How To]. There are many users prefer to use certain applications always in maximized mode especially if they have a notebook or a small display. I will show you a couple of ways to set all windows or certain applications window’s to start in maximized mode using Compiz Config Settings Manager “CCSM”.

1. Set all Windows to start in Maximized mode

This will looks bizarre with some applications especially those ones designed to be used in unmaximized mode only. However, some windows won’t be maximized because it does not support maximizing such as copying or moving files dialog box.

There are a couple of ways to set all windows to be in maximized mode:

  • Maximize All Using Maximus

A desktop daemon which will automatically maximise and, optionally, un-decorate windows. Has support for exclusion lists and will work with any EWMH-spec compliant window-manager.

Created for netbook environments where normally every window is maximised and removing the titlebar would give an extra 24px for the application to display.

Install Maximus on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin

Maximus is available in the local repository for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin, Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

Install Maximus from Ubuntu Software Center

Download Maximus from its launchpad web page.

[How To]: run Maximus for the first time

Click Alt+F2 then type “maximus” without quotes.

[HowTo]: make Maximus startup with your system

Open “startup applications preferences” then, click on “Add” to add a new program.

Name: Maximus

Command: maximus

Comment: Type any thing to remind you what’s this application about ” Auto maximize all windows “.

That’s it for the first method using maximus.

  • Maximize All Using CCSM

This method will do the same thing “maximus” does. We will need Compiz Configuration Settings Manager “CCSM” with “Place Windows” plugin.

[How To]: Install Compiz Configuration Settings Manager

Compiz is available on the local repository for many Linux distribution.

To install on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Probably, the package name is the same on the earlier release, if didn’t work, try “CCSM” instead of “compizconfig-settings-manager”.

To install on Fedora

yum install ccsm

Then, Open “CCSM”, search for “place windows” or select it from “Window Management” section.

Open “Fixed Window Placement” tab.

Add a new value to “Windows with fixed placement mode”.

Windows: type=normal

Mode: Maximize

Now every window you open will be in maximized mode.

2. Set a Certain Applications to start on Maximized Mode

What if I want to apply this feature to some applications. It’s quite the same method we have seen earlier with maximizing all windows using CCSM.

However, we will change the value which we added earlier.

From ” type=normal ”

To ” name=”the command which runs the application” ”

For example

I want to set Terminator “terminal emulator” to always run in maximized mode.

The Value should be

Windows: name=terminator

Mode: Maximize


Click on the “+” plus sign and select the type to be “Window Name” and the value will be the application’s command, if you can’t figure out what’s the name of the application click on the “Grab” button and click on the required application which running the background.

That’s it for all. Hopefully this tutorials helps you guys.

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