FvwmPager - the Fvwm Pager module
] [ name
] [ first desk
] ] FvwmPager is spawned by fvwm, so no command line
invocation will work.
All desks with desk numbers between first desk
are displayed. If last desk
is omitted only the first
is shown. If both desk numbers are omitted, the current desk is used
instead. If you use an asterisk '*' in place of first desk
will always show the current desktop, even when you switch desks.
Example lines to put in your .fvwm2rc:
Module FvwmPager 0 3
Module FvwmPager *
or from within an fvwm pop-up menu:
AddToMenu Module-Popup Modules Title
+ Audio Module FvwmAudio
+ Auto Module FvwmAuto 200
+ Buttons Module FvwmButtons
+ Console Module FvwmConsole
+ Ident Module FvwmIdent
+ Banner Module FvwmBanner
+ Pager Module FvwmPager 0 3
+ Pager Module FvwmPager *
If the pager is started with the -transient
option, the next time a
button is released the pager is closed. Note that this option does only work
if the window style of the pager window is 'sticky' (see the fvwm man page).
You should use the 'StaysOnTop' style too.
Style FvwmPager Sticky, StaysOnTop
*FvwmPager: Rows 1
*FvwmPager: Columns 1
Mouse 3 R C Module FvwmPager -transient
With this in your .fvwm2rc, if you press control and button 3 in the root window
the pager pops up under the mouse and while the viewport moves with the mouse.
The FvwmPager module shows a miniature view of the Fvwm desktops which are
specified in the command line. This is a useful reminder of where your active
windows are. Windows in the pager are shown in the same color as their fvwm
The pager can be used to change your viewport into the current desktop, to
change desktops, or to move windows around.
Pressing mouse button 1 in the pager will cause you viewport to change to the
selected page of the selected desk. If you click with button 1 in the
desk-label area, you will switch desks but not pages within the desk.
Dragging mouse button 2 on a miniature view of a window will cause that window
to be move to the location where you release the mouse button, but your
viewport will not change. If you drag the window out of the pager and onto
your desktop, a full size image of the window will appear for you to place.
There is no way to pick up a full size image of the window and move it into
the pager, however. Since some mice do not have button 2, I have made
provisions to drag windows in the pager by using pressing modifier-1 (usually
Alt) and dragging with button 3.
Clicking mouse button 3 on a location will cause the viewport to move to the
selected location and switch desks if necessary, but will not align the
viewport to a page boundary. Dragging button 3 will cause the viewport to move
as you drag but not switch desktops, even if the pointer moves to another
With the *FvwmPager: SloppyFocus
option the focus is transferred to the
window pointed at with the mouse when the pointer is inside the pager.
When iconified, the pager will work as a fully functional current desk only
pager. Windows and viewports can be moved within the icon of the pager. Users
will want to make sure that they have no lines similar to
Icon "Fvwm Pager" whatever
in their .fvwm2rc files.
The FvwmPager program, and the concept for interfacing this module to the Window
Manager, are all original work by Robert Nation.
Copyright 1994, Robert Nation. No guarantees or warranties or anything are
provided or implied in any way whatsoever. Use this program at your own risk.
Permission to use this program for any purpose is given, as long as the
copyright is kept intact.
During initialization, FvwmPager
gets config info from fvwm
module configuration database (see fvwm(1)
, section MODULE
To use FvwmPager with several different configurations, you can invoke FvwmPager
with an optional parameter, which it will use as its name
"Module FvwmPager OtherPager"). OtherPager will then read only the
lines in the configuration file starting with "*OtherPager", and not
the lines belonging to FvwmPager. This way multiple pager instances may be
Note: the old way to use the FvwmPager with several different configurations is
to link the executable to another name, i.e.
ln -s FvwmPager OtherPager
This may work, but this method is not supported.
You can direct the keyboard focus to any window on the current desktop by
clicking with button 2 on its image in the pager. The window does not need to
be visible, but it does need to be on the current page.
The invocation method was shown in the synopsis section
- *FvwmPager: Geometry geometry
- Completely or partially specifies the pager windows location and geometry,
in standard X11 notation. In order to maintain an undistorted aspect
ratio, you might want to leave out either the width or height dimension of
the geometry specification.
- *FvwmPager: Rows rows
- Tells fvwm how many rows of desks to use when laying out the pager window.
- *FvwmPager: Columns columns
- Tells fvwm how many columns of desks to use when laying out the pager
- *FvwmPager: IconGeometry geometry
- Specifies a size (optional) and location (optional) for the pager's icon
window. Since there is no easy way for FvwmPager to determine the height
of the icon's label, you will have to make an allowance for the icon label
height when using negative y-coordinates in the icon location
specification (used to specify a location relative to the bottom instead
of the top of the screen).
- *FvwmPager: StartIconic
- Causes the pager to start iconified.
- *FvwmPager: NoStartIconic
- Causes the pager to start normally. Useful for canceling the effect of the
- *FvwmPager: LabelsBelow
- Causes the pager to draw desk labels below the corresponding desk.
- *FvwmPager: LabelsAbove
- Causes the pager to draw desk labels above the corresponding desk. Useful
for canceling the effect of the LabelsBelow option.
- *FvwmPager: ShapeLabels
- Causes the pager to hide the labels of all but the current desk. This
turns off label hilighting.
- *FvwmPager: NoShapeLabels
- Causes the pager to show the labels of all visible desks. Useful for
canceling the effect of the ShapeLabels option.
- *FvwmPager: Font font-name
- Specified a font to use to label the desktops. If font_name is
"none" then no desktop labels will be displayed.
- *FvwmPager: SmallFont font-name
- Specified a font to use to label the window names in the pager. If not
specified, the window labels will be omitted. Window labels seem to be
fairly useless for desktop scales of 32 or greater. If font_name is
"none" then no window names will be displayed.
- *FvwmPager: Fore color
- Specifies the color to use to write the desktop labels, and to draw the
- *FvwmPager: Back color
- Specifies the background color for the window.
- *FvwmPager: Hilight color
- The active page and desk label will be highlighted by using this
background pattern instead of the normal background.
- *FvwmPager: HilightPixmap pixmap
- The active page will be highlighted by using this background pattern
instead of the normal background.
- *FvwmPager: DeskHilight
- Hilight the active page with the current hilight color/pixmap. Useful for
canceling the effect of the NoDeskHilight option.
- *FvwmPager: NoDeskHilight
- Don't hilight the active page.
- *FvwmPager: WindowColors fore back hiFore hiBack
- Change the normal/highlight colors of the windows. fore and
hiFore specify the colors as used for the font inside the windows.
back and hiBack are used to fill the windows with.
- *FvwmPager: WindowLabelFormat format
- This specifies a printf() like format for the labels in the mini window.
Possible flags are: %t, %i, %c, and %r for the window's title, icon title,
class, or resource name, respectively. The default is "%i".
- *FvwmPager: Label desk label
- Assigns the text label to desk desk (or the current desk if
desk is "*") in the pager window. Useful for assigning symbolic
names to desktops, i.e.
*FvwmPager: Label 1 Mail
*FvwmPager: Label 2 Maker
*FvwmPager: Label * Matlab
Note: There is currently a much better way to specify desk names
globally (and not just in FvwmPager) using DesktopName command, so
you should not use this option anymore.
- *FvwmPager: DeskColor desk color
- Assigns the color color to desk desk (or the current desk if
desk is "*") in the pager window. This replaces the background
color for the particular desk. This only works when the pager is
full sized. When Iconified, the pager uses the color specified by
TIP: Try using *FvwmPager: DeskColor in conjunction with FvwmCpp (or
FvwmM4) and FvwmBacker to assign identical colors to your various desktops
and the pager representations.
- *FvwmPager: Pixmap pixmap
- Use pixmap as background for the pager.
- *FvwmPager: DeskPixmap desk pixmap
- Assigns the pixmap color to desk desk (or the current desk
if desk is "*") in the pager window. This replaces the
background pixmap for the particular desk.
TIP: Try using *FvwmPager: DeskPixmap in conjunction with FvwmCpp
(or FvwmM4) and FvwmBacker to assign identical pixmaps to your various
desktops and the pager representations.
- *FvwmPager: DeskTopScale number
- If the geometry is not specified, then a desktop reduction factor is used
to calculate the pager's size. Things in the pager window are shown at 1/
number of the actual size.
- *FvwmPager: MiniIcons
- Allow the pager to display a window's mini icon in the pager, if it has
one, instead of showing the window's name.
- *FvwmPager: MoveThreshold pixels
- Defines the distance the pointer has to be moved before a window being
dragged with button 2 is actually moved. The default value is three
pixels. If the pointer moved less that this amount the window snaps back
to its original position when the button is released. If pixels is
less than zero the default value is used. The value set with the
MoveThreshold command in fvwm is inherited by FvwmPager but can be
overridden with this option.
- *FvwmPager: SloppyFocus
- If the SloppyFocus option is used, you do not need to click into the mini
window in the pager to give the real window the focus. Simply putting the
pointer over the window inside the pager is enough.
Note: This option interferes slightly with the MouseFocus and SloppyFocus
styles of fvwm. Sometimes, if you click into the pager window to change
pages or desks and then move the pointer to a place on the screen where a
window of the new page will appear, this new window does not get the input
focus. This may happen if you drag the pointer over one of the mini
windows in the pager. There is nothing that can be done about this -
except not using SloppyFocus in the pager.
- *FvwmPager: SolidSeparators
- By default the pages of the virtual desktop are separated by dashed lines
in the pager window. This option causes FvwmPager to use solid lines
- *FvwmPager: NoSeparators
- Turns off the lines separating the pages of the virtual desktop.
- *FvwmPager: Balloons [type]
- Show a balloon describing the window when the pointer is moved into a
window in the pager. The default format (the window's icon name) can be
changed using BalloonStringFormat. If type is Pager balloons
are just shown for an un-iconified pager; if type is Icon
balloons are just shown for an iconified pager. If type is anything
else (or null) balloons are always shown.
- *FvwmPager: BalloonFore color
- Specifies the color for text in the balloon window. If omitted it defaults
to the foreground color for the window being described.
- *FvwmPager: BalloonBack color
- Specifies the background color for the balloon window. If omitted it
defaults to the background color for the window being described.
- *FvwmPager: BalloonFont font-name
- Specifies a font to use for the balloon text. Defaults to fixed.
- *FvwmPager: BalloonBorderWidth number
- Sets the width of the balloon window's border. Defaults to 1.
- *FvwmPager: BalloonBorderColor color
- Sets the color of the balloon window's border. Defaults to black.
- *FvwmPager: BalloonYOffset number
- The balloon window is positioned to be horizontally centered against the
pager window it is describing. The vertical position may be set as an
offset. Negative offsets of -n are placed n pixels above the
pager window, positive offsets of +n are placed n pixels
below. Offsets of -1 and 1 represent the balloon window close to the
original window without a gap. Offsets of 0 are not permitted, as this
would permit direct transit from pager window to balloon window, causing
an event loop. Defaults to +3. The offset will change sign automatically,
as needed, to keep the balloon on the screen.
- *FvwmPager: BalloonStringFormat format
- The same as *FvwmPager: WindowLabelFormat, it just specifies the
string to display in the balloons. The default is "%i".
- *FvwmPager: Colorset desk colorset
- Tells the module to use colorset colorset for desk. If you
use an asterisk '*' in place of desk, the colorset is used on all
- *FvwmPager: BalloonColorset desk colorset
- Tells the module to use colorset colorset for balloons on
desk. If you use an asterisk '*' in place of desk, the
colorset is used on all desks.
- *FvwmPager: HilightColorset desk colorset
- Tells the module to use colorset colorset for hilighting on
desk. If you use an asterisk '*' in place of desk, the
colorset is used on all desks.
- *FvwmPager: WindowColorsets colorset activecolorset
- Uses colorsets in the same way as *FvwmPager: WindowColors. The shadow and
hilight colors of the colorset are only used for the window borders if the
*FvwmPager: Window3DBorders is specified too.
- *FvwmPager: WindowBorderWidth n
- Specifies the width of the border drawn around the mini windows. This also
sets the minimum size of the mini windows to (2 * n + 1). The
default is 1.
- *FvwmPager: Window3DBorders
- Specifies that the mini windows should have a 3d borders based on the mini
window background. This option only works if *FvwmPager: WindowColorsets
- *FvwmPager: UseSkipList
- Tells FvwmPager to not show the windows that are using the WindowListSkip
DeskColor patch contributed by Alan Wild
MiniIcons & WindowColors patch contributed by Rob Whapham
Balloons patch by Ric Lister <firstname.lastname@example.org>
fvwm-workers: Dominik, Olivier, Hippo and others.