Window always on the top

Harald Braumann harry at
Thu Oct 25 07:55:08 PDT 2007

On Thu, 25 Oct 2007 13:31:25 +0000
"Peppino Incasa" <peppino_in_casa at> wrote:

> Hi,
> how do i set my window to be always on top of the desktop?
This is the duty of your window manager. It depends on which one you
use. See its documentation.

Right click on the title bar and see if there's a "always on top"
option or similar. Or maybe a "layer" submenu.

Also you'll usually have some buttons in the title bar, besides the
usual close/minimise/maximise buttons, with a window menu.

Some window manager also let you configure certain windows to be always
on top, when they appear, so you don't have to set that option each
time. Usually this works by identifying the window by WM_NAME and
WM_CLASS. If this is the case, and you have to specify these values
manually (like in some config file) call `xprop' in an xterm, click on
the window you want to configure, and look in xprop's output for the
entries `WM_CLASS' and `WM_NAME'


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