April 17, 2012

Linux Quick Tip #3: Reloading Window Manager

Reload the Window Manager
When you change a theme, you will not immediately see the changed results. This is because the window manager is still running and thus prevents real-time change of the theme files. The reason aside, sometimes your window manager might be playing up or be completely frozen. Hence, the only solution to prevent losing your work is do a quick reload of the window manager.

To reload your window manager:
1. Press Alt + F2 to show the command dialogue
2. Type r and press Enter
3. Window manager should reload

NOTE: Some Linux distributions do not have the Alt+F2 keyboard shortcut enabled. You should check your keyboard shortcut settings and confirm if the 'Command Window' option as Alt+F2 selected.