Fluxbox Tips and Tricks First Time User

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First Time User

If this is the first time you have used fluxbox windows manager, hopefully this guide will help you.

A little bit about fluxbox. This is from the fluxbox-wiki.

What is Fluxbox

  • Fluxbox is a lightweight window manager for the X Windowing System.
  • Fluxbox provides configurable window decorations, a root menu to launch applications and a toolbar that shows the current workspace name, a set of application names and the current time. There is also a workspace menu which allows you to add or remove workspaces. The `slit' can be used to dock small applications, e.g. most of the bbtools can use slit.
  • Fluxbox can iconify windows to the toolbar, in addition to adding the window to the Icons submenu of the workspace menu. One click and they reappear. A double-click on the titlebar of the window will shade it, i.e. the window will disappear leaving only the titlebar visible.
  • Fluxbox uses its own graphics class to render its images on the fly. By using style files, you can determine in great detail how your desktop looks. Fluxbox styles are compatible with those of Blackbox 0.65 or earlier versions, so users migrating can still use their favourite themes.
  • Fluxbox supports the majority of the Extended Window Manager Hints (EWMH) specification, as well as numerous other Window Hinting standards. This allows all compliant window managers to provide a common interface to standard features used by applications and desktop utilities.


Getting started in antiX

antiX comes with fluxbox installed. There is no 'desktop.' If you want a desktop for icons etc, read this

  • To open the menu, right-click on the desktop.
  • To open an app in the menu, left-click.
  • To expand the toolbar, right-click on it, and scroll to Toolbar width percent. Increase/decrease using the left/right mouse buttons, or wheel if you have one.
  • There are lots of options to configure the toolbar.
  • To close an app if it appears hidden, drag the app using the left button.Or right click on the top bar and chose close.
  • There is a choice of fluxbox styles. In menu>Fluxbox>Styles. Left-click and choose which one you like.
  • antiX comes with a small choice of wallpapers. See menu>Fluxbox>Wallpaper.

Adding wallpapers If you want to add your own wallpapers to the fluxbox menu, simply put all your wallpapers in the wallpaper folder found in /home/your_user_name/.fluxbox (The . refers to a hidden file/folder). You can do this by dragging and dropping from one rox-filer to another.

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