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 icewm-winoptions - IceWM window options configuration file




Contains settings to control window appearance and behaviour. These are specific to applications, or to groups of applications. Options can control the window border, whether the application appears on the task bar, the window list, the system tray and the work spaces. Also its layer, geometry, whether it can be moved, resized and closed.

Options are established when icewm(1) starts. However, they can be overridden later using icesh(1) or icewmhint(1). The command "icesh winoptions" instructs icewm to reload the winoptions file.


Each line in the file must be in one of the following formats:

Where the fields are defined as follows:

The resource class portion of the ICCCM WM_CLASS property for the window.
The resource instance portion of the ICCCM WM_CLASS property for the window.
The ICCCM WM_WINDOW_ROLE property for the window.
One of the options and values described below under "OPTIONS".

Note that it is possible that the WM_WINDOW_ROLE may contain a period ("."). When it does, the period should be escaped by a single backslash when specifying the ROLE in the file.


The options and values described in the format, above, consist of an option name, OPTION followed by a semicolon (":") a space (" ") and an allowable value for the option, VALUE. The available options are as follows:


The following option control general characteristics of windows:

Specifies the icon name for the window. NAME is the name of the icon, like utilities-terminal. It can also be a file, like xterm.png, a full path, or a prefix of a path without sizes or suffix.
Specifies the default workspace for the window. WORKSPACE is the workspace number counting from zero (0).
Specifies the default layer for the window. Layer can be one of the following strings or a number from zero (0) to fifteen (15):

  Desktop     (0)  Desktop window.
  Below       (2)  Below the default layer.
  Normal      (4)  Default layer for windows.
  OnTop       (6)  Above the default layer.
  Dock        (8)  Docked windows at edge of screen.
  AboveDock  (10)  Windows above the dock.
  Menu       (12)  Windows above the dock.
The default geometry for the window. This geometry should be specified in a format that can be parsed by XParseGeometry(3):

The default tray option for the window. This affects both the tray and the task pane. Tray can be one of the following strings or a number from zero (0) to two (2):

  Ignore     (0)  No icon added to tray.
  Minimized  (1)  Add to tray, no task when minimized.
  Exclusive  (2)  Add to tray, no task button.
The sorting order of task buttons and tray icons. The default value is zero. Increasing positive values go farther right, while decreasing negative values go farther left. The order option applies to the task pane, the tray pane and the system tray.
Set the _NET_WM_WINDOW_OPACITY property if NUMBER is a value between 1 and 100. NUMBER is interpreted as percentage of maximum opaqueness.
Specifies the keyboard layout to use for this window. The layout is the name of a keyboard layout. It can be a space-separated list of arguments to the setxkbmap program. Please note that setxkbmap must be installed for this to work. Also define a default keyboard layout in preferences.
All windows with the same frame label become tabs in a single frame.


Function options enable/disable (1/0) the ability to take an action on the window. The normal default for all options is enabled (1) unless overridden by the application. The following options are defined:

  fClose:    {0|1}  can be closed.        (default: 1)
  fHide:     {0|1}  can be hidden.        (default: 1)
  fMaximize: {0|1}  can be maximized.     (default: 1)
  fMinimize: {0|1}  can be minimized.     (default: 1)
  fMove:     {0|1}  can be moved.         (default: 1)
  fResize:   {0|1}  can be resized.       (default: 1)
  fRollup:   {0|1}  can be shaded.        (default: 1)


Decor options enable/disable (1/0) decorations on the window. The normal default for all options is enabled (1) unless overridden by the application. The following options are defined:

  dBorder:   {0|1}  has border.           (default: 1)
  dClose:    {0|1}  has close button.     (default: 1)
  dDepth:    {0|1}  has depth button.     (default: 1)
  dHide:     {0|1}  has hide button.      (default: 1)
  dMaximize: {0|1}  has maximize button.  (default: 1)
  dMinimize: {0|1}  has minimize button.  (default: 1)
  dResize:   {0|1}  has resize grips.     (default: 1)
  dRollup:   {0|1}  has shade button.     (default: 1)
  dSysMenu:  {0|1}  has window menu.      (default: 1)
  dTitleBar: {0|1}  has title bar.        (default: 1)


Feature options enable/disable (1/0) additional features of the window. The normal default for all options is disabled (0) unless overridden by the application. The following options are defined:

  allWorkspaces:            {1|0}  on all workspaces.
  appTakesFocus:            {1|0}  let application take focus.
  doNotCover:               {1|0}  limits workspace if sticky.
  doNotFocus:               {1|0}  do not focus.
  forcedClose:              {1|0}  no close dialog.
  fullKeys:                 {1|0}  provided more keys.
  ignoreNoFocusHint:        {1|0}  focus even no-input.
  ignorePagerPreview:       {1|0}  do not show in pager preview.
  ignorePositionHint:       {1|0}  place automatically.
  ignoreQuickSwitch:        {1|0}  not on quick switch.
  ignoreTaskBar:            {1|0}  not on task bar.
  ignoreUrgentHint:         {1|0}  ignore urgent hints.
  ignoreWinList:            {1|0}  not on window list.
  ignoreActivationMessages: {1|0}  only user can focus window.
  ignoreOverrideRedirect:   {1|0}  ignore override redirect.
  noFocusOnAppRaise:        {1|0}  no focus on raise.
  noFocusOnMap:             {1|0}  do not focus when mapped.
  noIgnoreTaskBar:          {1|0}  on task bar.
  startClose:               {1|0}  close the window immediately.
  startFullscreen:          {1|0}  start full screen.
  startMaximized:           {1|0}  start maximized.
  startMaximizedHorz:       {1|0}  start maximized horizontal.
  startMaximizedVert:       {1|0}  start maximized vertical.
  startMinimized:           {1|0}  start minimized.


This example uses the WM_WINDOW_ROLE property value "pop-up" to deny input focus to Chrome pop-ups and asks to close them immediately.

  google-chrome.pop-up.doNotFocus: 1
  google-chrome.pop-up.forcedClose: 1
  google-chrome.pop-up.ignorePagerPreview: 1
  google-chrome.pop-up.ignoreUrgentHint: 1
  google-chrome.pop-up.layer: Below
  google-chrome.pop-up.noFocusOnAppRaise: 1
  google-chrome.pop-up.noFocusOnMap: 1
  google-chrome.pop-up.startClose: 1
  google-chrome.pop-up.startMinimized: 1

IceWM places dockapps in a container automatically, but for those which fail to comply with the protocol it can also be emulated. An emulated dockapp should appear on all workspaces, have no decorations, and always be visible in a fixed location.

  wmtime.wmtime.allWorkspaces: 1
  wmtime.wmtime.ignoreTaskBar: 1
  wmtime.wmtime.ignoreQuickSwitch: 1
  wmtime.wmtime.ignoreWinList: 1
  wmtime.wmtime.layer: Below
  wmtime.wmtime.dTitleBar: 0
  wmtime.wmtime.dBorder: 1
  wmtime.wmtime.geometry: 64x64-74-100

Following is the example window options file that ships with icewm(1) and typically installs to /usr/share/icewm/winoptions.

  # This is an example for IceWM's window options file.
  # Place your variants in /etc/X11/icewm or in $HOME/.icewm
  # since modifications to this file will be discarded when you
  # (re)install icewm.
  xterm.icon: xterm
  rxvt.icon: xterm
  nxterm.icon: xterm
  fte.icon: fte
  emacs.Emacs.icon: emacs
  AWTapp.icon: java
  xeyes.ignoreWinList: 0
  xeyes.ignoreTaskBar: 1
  xeyes.allWorkspaces: 1
  xeyes.dTitleBar: 0
  xeyes.dBorder: 0
  xeyes.dSysMenu: 0
  xeyes.dResize: 0
  xeyes.dClose: 0
  xeyes.dMinimize: 0
  xeyes.dMaximize: 0
  xeyes.ignoreNoFocusHint: 1
  XClock.ignoreNoFocusHint: 1
  Vim.icon: vim
  applix.ignoreNoFocusHint: 1
  XDdts.noFocusOnAppRaise: 1
  Wingz.noFocusOnAppRaise: 1
  WingzPro.noFocusOnAppRaise: 1
  gkrellm.Gkrellm.allWorkspaces: 1
  gkrellm.Gkrellm.ignoreTaskBar: 1
  gkrellm.Gkrellm.layer: Below
  #gkrellm.Gkrellm.doNotCover: 1
  MainWindow.licq.allWorkspaces: 1
  MainWindow.licq.ignoreQuickSwitch: 1
  MainWindow.licq.ignoreWinList: 1
  MainWindow.licq.layer: Below
  #MainWindow.licq.doNotCover: 1


Locations for the winoptions file are as follows:


The locations are searched in the order listed; the first file found is read and the remainder ignored.


icewm(1), icesh(1), icewmhint(1), setxkbmap(1), XParseGeometry(3).


Brian Bidulock <>.


IceWM is licensed under the GNU Library General Public License. See the COPYING file in the distribution.

2023-02-05 icewm 3.3.1