The only window adjuster that I use with Openbox is a tiler; occasionally a tiler is useful to unscramble a mess provided you can activate it with one click or by punching a key or two. Getting a tiler was easy provided you didn't mind it including Conky as a tile, which I did mind. I finally obtained a quick launch ability without tiling Conky with pytyle
and a few simple shell scripts. The best way to activate pytyle was by using the simple lightweight run tool, gmrun
(sudo apt-get install gmrun
). A regular terminal or gexec did not work as well because they left open an additional window to add to the mess and once their window was closed the tiling activation ended. The shell script, pytile-start
, that I used to activate pytyle is shown in one of the accompanying pictures. I could afford to put it in autostart, so pytyle is always running (but not activated) as soon as the computer is started. You could just as easily make it a menu or panel item to use as a starter, thus, saving computer resources.
Pytyle is activated with the keyboard. I found I only used 4 settings: activate (Alt+a), cycle (Alt+c), demote (Alt+.), untile (Alt+u). So, having a floating memory (flows between on
), I also added launchers for these 4 settings to the bottom of my wmdrawer menu, which is shown in the second picture. The command for these launchers is simply xdotool key "alt+?" &
, where ?
is replaced by a