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An X11 window manager.

NOTION(1)                            General Commands Manual                            NOTION(1)


Notion - an X11 window manager


notion [options]


Notion is a tiling tabbed window manager designed with keyboard users in mind.


-display host:display.screen X display to manage -conffile configfile Configuration file to use instead of default -searchdir dir Directory to search for configuration files and other scripts -oneroot On X servers with multiple (traditional non-Xinerama) screens, manage only default screen (root window), not all, as given by the -display option or in the DISPLAY environment variable. -session session_name Set session name. This option affects where workspace and other save files are put (~/.notion/session_name if option set). -help Show help on command line options -version Show version -about Show about text (version, author, license)


This section is an overview of the types objects that appear on an X display managed by Notion and their relationships in a standard setup. This information is necessary to understand the operations and availability of the different key bindings explained below. For a more detailed explanation, needed for writing custom bindings configuration files, see the additional documentation available from the Notion Web page. The top-level objects that matter in the case at hand are screens. They correspond to physical screens. Screens contain workspaces (which are a kind of group), and client win‐ dows put into full screen mode. These objects are multiplexed in the sense that only one can be displayed at a time. Workspaces themselves may contain tilings and detached/floating frames. A workspace con‐ taining no tilings and only detached/floating windows is also called a floating workspace. Tilings themselves contain frames tiled to fill the screen, and possibly a statusbar or dock. Akin to screens, frames multiplex other objects, but in this case mostly client win‐ dow groups. Most of the time, frames are the only trace of Notion you see on the screen. Frames may have border decorations, and they have a tab for each multiplexed object. Queries are boxes that appear at the bottoms of frames or screens to ask you for textual input to execute an action that depends on it. Most queries support tab-completion.


These are the default key and pointer bindings. (Mod1) depends on your system. On PC:s with XFree86 it is probably bound to the left Alt key (Alt_L). On Suns it is usually bound to the diamond keys (Meta_L, Meta_R). Use xmodmap(1x) to find out. The string in square brackets after a binding group heading below indicates the module whose configuration file defines these bindings. Globally available bindings Mod1+1, Mod1+2, Mod1+3, Mod1+4, Mod1+5, Mod1+6, Mod1+7, Mod1+8, Mod1+9, Mod1+0 Switch to n:th object (workspace, full screen client window) within current screen. Mod1+comma, Mod1+period Switch to next/previous object within current screen. Mod1+K K Go to first region demanding attention or previously active one. Mod1+K T Clear all tags. Mod1+Shift+1, Mod1+Q, Mod1+Shift+2, Mod1+W, Mod1+Shift+3, Mod1+E Go to n:th screen on multihead setup. Mod1+Shift+comma, Mod1+I, Mod1+O, Mod1+grave Go to next/previous screen on multihead setup. Mod1+F9 Create a new workspace of chosen default type. F12, Button3 press Display the main menu. Button2 press Display the window list menu. Mod1+Tab Forward-circulate focus. Mod1+K Tab Backward-circulate focus. Mod1+K R Raise focused object, if possible. Bindings operating on all frames and screens Mod1+C Close current object. Bindings operating on all frames Mod1+K H, Mod1+K V Maximize the frame horizontally/vertically. Button3 press Display context menu. Mod1+R Begin move/resize mode. Button1 click at tab, Button2 click at tab Switch the frame to display the object indicated by the tab. Button1 drag at border, Mod1+Button3 drag Resize the frame. Mod1+Button1 drag Move the frame. Button1 drag at tab, Button2 drag at tab Move objects between frames by dragging and dropping the tab. Mod1+Button4 click, Mod1+Button5 click Switch to next/previous object within the frame. Bindings operating on top-level (non-transient) frames and screens Mod1+T Toggle tag of current object. Mod1+L Lock screen F1 Query for manual page to be displayed. Mod1+F1 Show the Notion manual page. F2 Run a terminal emulator. F3 Query for command line to execute. Mod1+F3 Query for Lua code to execute. F4 Query for host to connect to with SSH. F5 Query for file to edit. F6 Query for file to view. F9 Query for workspace to go to or create a new one. Mod1+G Query for a client window to go to. Mod1+M Display context menu. Mod1+K D Detach (float) or reattach an object to its previous location. Bindings operating on top-level (non-transient) frames Mod1+A Query for a client window to attach. Mod1+K 1, Mod1+K 2, Mod1+K 3, Mod1+K 4, Mod1+K 5, Mod1+K 6, Mod1+K 7, Mod1+K 8, Mod1+K 9, Mod1+K 0 Switch to n:th object within the frame. Mod1+K N, Mod1+K P Switch to next/previous object within the frame. Mod1+K comma, Mod1+K period Move current object within the frame left/right. Mod1+K H, Mod1+K V Maximize the frame horizontally/vertically. Mod1+K A Attach tagged objects to this frame. Bindings for floating/detached frames Button1 double click at tab Toggle shade mode Button1 press at tab, Button1 press at border, Mod1+Button1 click Raise the frame. Mod1+Button3 click Lower the frame. Button1 drag at tab Move the frame. Mod1+K B Tile frame, if no tiling exists on the workspace Bindings for tilings and tiled frames [mod_tiling] Mod1+S Split current frame vertically. Mod1+P, Mod1+N, Mod1+Shift+Button4 click, Mod1+Shift+Button5 click Go to frame above/below current frame. Mod1+Tab, Mod1+K Tab Go to frame right/left of current frame. Mod1+K S Split current frame horizontally. Mod1+K X Destroy current frame. Bindings for client windows Mod1+K Mod1+L Nudge the client window. This might help with some programs' resizing problems. Mod1+K C Kill client owning the client window. Mod1+K Q Send next key press to the client window. Some programs may not allow this by default. Mod1+Return Toggle client window group full-screen mode Move/resize mode bindings Escape Cancel the resize mode. Return End the resize mode. Left, Right, Up, Down, F, B, P, N Grow in specified direction. Shift+Left, Shift+Right, Shift+Up, Shift+Down, Shift+F, Shift+B, Shift+P, Shift+N Shrink in specified direction. Mod1+Left, Mod1+Right, Mod1+Up, Mod1+Down, Mod1+F, Mod1+B, Mod1+P, Mod1+N Move in specified direction. Bindings for message boxes and queries [mod_query] Escape, Control+G, Control+C Close the query/message box, not executing bound actions. Control+U, Control+V, Page_Up, Page_Down Scroll the message or completions up/down. Bindings for editing in queries [mod_query] These bindings are similar to those of the joe(1) text editor. Cut, copy and paste works in a more conventional manner, though, but the keys are equivalent. Control+F, Control+B, Right, Left Move one character forward/backward. Control+E, Control+A, End, Home Go to end/beginning. Control+X, Control+Z Skip one word forward/backward. Control+D, Delete Delete next character. BackSpace, Control+H Delete previous character. Control+W, Control+O Delete one word forward/backward. Control+J Delete to end of line. Control+Y Delete the whole line. Control+T Transpose characters. Control+P, Control+N, Up, Down, Control+Up, Control+Down Select next/previous (matching) history entry. Button2 click, Control+K C Paste from the clipboard. Control+K B Set mark/begin selection. Control+K Y Cut selection. Control+K K Copy selection. Control+K G Clear mark/cancel selection. Tab, Shift+Tab, Control+Tab Try to complete the entered text or cycle through completions. Control+R, Control+S Complete from history Control+M, Return, KP_Enter Close the query and execute bound action. Bindings for menus [mod_menu] Escape, Control+G, Control+C, Left Close the menu. Return, KP_Enter, Control+M, Right Activate current menu entry. Control+N, Control+P, Up, Down Select next/previous menu entry. BackSpace Clear the menu's typeahead find buffer.


/etc/X11/notion/cfg_notion.lua System default main configuration files /etc/X11/notion/cfg_*.lua Other configuration files. /etc/X11/notion/look_*.lua Colour scheme configuration files ~/.notion/ User configuration files ~/.notion/cfg_notion.lua User default main configuration file (overrides system default)


The Notion home page, The document "Configuring and extending Notion with Lua" found in the notion-doc package. /usr/share/doc/notion/ X(7x), notionflux(1), joe(1)


Notion was written by the Notion team, based on Ion which was written by Tuomo Valkonen <tuomov at>.
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