Customizing and Enabling Metacity's extra features - Compositing Manager

By Pratik Shivarkar | Labels: , , , , ,

Are you tired of using Compiz? but still need Screen Compositing?
Don't worry you can use Metacity's compositing features.



You need screen compositor to enable real transparency on the desktop and for use of applications like Avant Window Manager.
Compiz is heavy on your system's resources, and you may not need always need the other compiz-fusion features.


Metacity offers Screen Composition while being friendly on resources.
To enable Compositing Manager of Metacity type in the following command.

gconftool-2 --toggle /apps/metacity/general/compositing_manager

Now you have compositing manager enabled. Reusing this command will disable the compositor.

With and Without Metacity Compositor...





Besides Composition manager you can also enable - Window Shading.
To enable Window Shading type in the following command.
gconftool-2 --type=string --set /apps/metacity/general/action_double_click_titlebar "toggle_shade"
This will shade the window on double click on title bar. (Compiz like behaviour)
To unset this change use following command.
gconftool-2 --unset /apps/metacity/general/action_double_click_titlebar
Shaded Windows -




To set a different key combination for toggle the Window shading use the following command.
gconftool-2 --type=string --set /apps/metacity/window_keybindings/toggle_shaded "<Ctrl>S"
This will shade the Window on pressing Ctrl+Alt+S
( You can also use another combination like "<Shift><Alt>S" just make sure it won't conflict with something else )



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