Change default window size when opened

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Change default window size when opened

Postby jharris1993 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:38 am

First of all:
I discovered Mint/Cinnamon, when Linux Format crowned it King of the Distributions. Since I was becoming increasingly unhappy with where Ubuntu was heading, (The Twilight Zone?), I wanted a change. Mint 13 and now Mint 14 has now become my Linux of Choice - and I have discovered that many of my Linux pals, and even a few strangers, are making the switch.

Thanks for an excellent distribution!

Please accept my apologies if this question has already been asked. After about fifteen minutes searching the Web and the various Mint fora, I have not yet found an answer.


When I open any window, for any application, within Mint 13 or 14, the window always opens in "full screen" mode, completely covering whatever was there on the screen.

If I take a window out of full screen mode, close it, and then re-open it, it again returns to full-screen mode.

I opened gconf-editor, went to desktop ==> cinnamon ==> windows since several articles said that window specific settings were found here. In my case there was only one entry: Theme - MintX

How do I:
1. Get the windows to open at a reasonable size, instead of full-screen mode.

2. Get the windows to remember last-placed position and dimensions when closed.

Thanks again for a wonderful distribution.

Jim (JR)
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Re: Change default window size when opened

Postby remoulder » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:19 pm

jharris1993 wrote:window always opens in "full screen" mode

Do you have maximus (check in synaptic) or the maximus applet (check in Cinnamon settings) installed? If so remove/disable it.
[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

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Re: Change default window size when opened

Postby HealingTek » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:44 am

I have this same problem since installing Mint 14. No maximus package or applet is installed. It's driving me a bit nuts. Any suggestions on how to get it to stop doing this?

Ideally I'd really like windows to open with the same geometry as they were at when last closed, but I'd settle for at least not being maximized.

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Re: Change default window size when opened

Postby te7 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:57 am

I also find this annoying. A solution would be nice.

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Re: Change default window size when opened

Postby herbie643 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:00 pm

My sentiments exactly. Firefox, sending a link from Firefox cause maximized windows.
Hope a solution is forthcoming.

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