Section: Fvwm Modules (1)
Updated: 2009-03-22
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FvwmWindowMenu - open configurable fvwm menu listing current windows  


FvwmWindowMenu should be spawned by fvwm(1) for normal functionality.

Run this module from your StartFunction:

    AddToFunc StartFunction
    + I Module FvwmWindowMenu



A substitute for fvwm builtin WindowList, but written in Perl and easy to customize. Unlike FvwmIconMan or FvwmWinList the module does not draw its own window, but instead creates an fvwm menu and asks fvwm to pop it up.

By defining a set of regular expressions, windows may be sorted into sections based on a regexp matching the window name, class or resource and included in the menu.

Similarly, another set of regular expressions can be used to exclude items from the menu.

Any windows not matching an instance of the include or exclude list will be placed in the last section of the menu.  


Run the module, supposedly from StartFunction in .fvwm2rc:

    Module FvwmWindowMenu

To actually invoke the menu add something like:

    Key Menu A N SendToModule FvwmWindowMenu \
        Post Root c c SelectOnRelease Menu


    Mouse 2 A N SendToModule FvwmWindowMenu Popup

The additional parameters are any valid Menu command parameters without a menu name, see fvwm.

Recognized actions are Post (or its alias Menu) and Popup, they create fvwm menus and invoke them using the corresponding commands Menu and Popup. If the module was started with ``-g'' switch, it additionally supports PostBar (not implemented yet).

Set module options for windows to include (Show) or exclude (DontShow). The syntax is:

    *FvwmWindowMenu: ShowName pattern
    *FvwmWindowMenu: ShowClass pattern
    *FvwmWindowMenu: ShowResource pattern
    *FvwmWindowMenu: DontShowName pattern
    *FvwmWindowMenu: DontShowClass pattern
    *FvwmWindowMenu: DontShowResource pattern

Pattern is a perl regular expression that will be evaluated in m// context. See perlre(1).

For example:

    *FvwmWindowMenu: ShowResource ^gvim
    *FvwmWindowMenu: ShowName Galeon|Navigator|mozilla-bin|Firefox

will define two sections containing respectively browsers, and GVim. A third section will contain all other windows.

To only include matching windows, add:

    *FvwmWindowMenu: DontShowName .*


    *FvwmWindowMenu: DontShowName ^Fvwm
    *FvwmWindowMenu: DontShowClass Gkrellm

will cause the menu to ignore windows with name beginning with Fvwm or class gkrellm.

Other options:

*FvwmWindowMenu: OnlyIconified {on|off}
show only iconified windows
*FvwmWindowMenu: AllDesks {on|off}
show windows from all desks
*FvwmWindowMenu: AllPages {on|off}
show windows from all pages
*FvwmWindowMenu: MaxLen 32
max length in chars of entry
*FvwmWindowMenu: MenuName MyMenu
name of menu to popup
*FvwmWindowMenu: MenuStyle MyMenuStyle
name of MenuStyle to apply
*FvwmWindowMenu: Debug {0,1,2,3}
level of debug info output, 0 means no debug
*FvwmWindowMenu: Function MyWindowListFunc
function to invoke on menu entries; defaults to WindowListFunc
*FvwmWindowMenu: ItemFormat formatstring
how to format menu entries; substitutions are made as follows:
%n, %i, %c, %r
the window name, icon name, class or resource
%x, %y
the window x or y coordinates w.r.t. the page the window is on.
%X, %Y
the window x or y coordinates w.r.t. the desk the window is on.
the window desk number
the window's mini-icon
the window's mini-icon only for iconified windows, otherwise empty
a tab
a literal %

The format string must be quoted. The default string is ``%m%n%t%t(+%x+%y) - Desk %d''.



Fancy binding of the window menu to the right windows key on some keyboards. Hold this button while navigating using cursor keys, then release it.

    CopyMenuStyle * WindowMenu
    MenuStyle WindowMenu SelectOnRelease Super_R
    *FvwmWindowMenu: MenuStyle WindowMenu

    AddToFunc StartFunction I Module FvwmWindowMenu

    Key Super_R A A SendToModule FvwmWindowMenu Post Root c c WarpTitle



Richard Lister <ric+lister@cns.georgetown.edu>.

Scott Smedley <ss@aao.gov.au>.

Mikhael Goikhman <migo@homemail.com>.