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    Default Window Maximize/Restore Does Not Return To Original Window Size in Firefox and Thunderbird

    My display is 1920X1200 and I am running KDE 4.6.5 on OpenSUSE 11.4. If I maximize a Firefox or Thunderbird window and then subsequently restore the window it does not return to the original window size. Instead, it always restores the windows to a width of 1280 pixels regardless of the window size before it was maximized. For example, if you double click on a Firefox Window's Titlebar then it will immediately be maximized to the full screen. Then, if you again double click on the Titlebar it then resizes to a width of 1280, however, it is supposed to return to the original window size but it does not. This is not a problem with all of the other applications that I have tried such as Konqueror or LibreOffice. I have only observed this with Firefox and Thunderbird so I wonder if it has something to do with GTK.

    I have tried a variety of special windows settings but without success using:

    Title Bar Context Menu > Advanced > Special Windows Settings > Geometry > Size > [Setting] > [value]

    I am new to KDE/OpenSUSE having spent many years with Gnome2 on CentOS and Ubuntu. I hope that some of the KDE experts can offer ideas as to how to fix this.

    Thanks,

    Gordon

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    Default Re: Window Maximize/Restore Does Not Return To Original Window Size in Firefox and Thunderbird

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    Default Re: Window Maximize/Restore Does Not Return To Original Window Size in Firefox and Thunderbird

    Log into icewm, and see if it happens there. If not, then this is a KDE bug.

    I have reported a similar bug in xterm. If I maximize, then it doesn't unmaximize on some of my computers. The misbehavior apparently depends on the screen size. The bug is listed as fixed in KDE 4.7. You might be seeing another instance of the same bug.
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    Well, this definitely is a bug of some sort, probably a KDE bug. I extensively exercised the various options in:

    Title Bar Context Menu > Advanced > Special Windows Settings > Geometry > Size > [Setting] > [value]

    and got all sorts of weird results. At one point, I got stuck with a tiny Firefox window about 20X20 pixels in size everytime that I closed and reopened Firefox even though I had set the window size to 955X1140 using "Remember" and "Force". I did the above with "Special Application Settings" instead of "Special Windows Settings" too but with the same results. In fact, I don't see any difference in the two. Am I missing something here? What is the difference in "Special Application Settings" and "Special Windows Settings"?

    In any event, I continued trying various combinations and finally, out of no where, the windows started behaving properly. I am not sure but I think that "Force Temporarily" got Thunderbird working. Firefox just started working all of a sudden for no reason at all. However, I am certain that if I continued to play with the options that everything would break again and so I am leaving everything alone at least for the time being until the windows misbehave again..

    This is a very buggy area of KDE 4.6.5 that I hope is fixed in KDE 4.7.

    FYI,

    Gordon

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    I have upgraded to SuSe 12.1 from SuSe11.4

    I had no problems with window sizing and positioning under 11.4, but now with kde 4.7 my windows seem to be ignoring size/position information.

    After I upgraded there was no problem, but suddenly, after a reboot, windows started opening at position 0,0 with VERY small sizes. I have tried all kinds of reconfiguring but it was not fixed. Eventually I deleted the user .kde4 directory and replaced it with one from an archive before the upgrade. Everything is back to working.

    I created a new user on my system to see what happens. All windows start at 0,0. The very first time they open after the user is created they start with a decent size, but thereafter only start in a VERY small window.

    The widow size/position information is there - it just seems to be ignored.

    Any ideas anyone?

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    Default Re: Window Maximize/Restore Does Not Return To Original Window Size in Firefox and Thunderbird

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    Default Re: Window Maximize/Restore Does Not Return To Original Window Size in Firefox and Thunderbird

    I have had a similar problem with Firefox on 11.4. I would close Firefox when maximised and when reopened, it would be half screen.
    What I would do was resize the Firefox window (not to full screen, just drag a corner to make it a different size) then close it. Reopen it, maximise then it was ok.
    I don't know why this worked for me. 6 months later it would do the same thing again.
    I am yet to see it happen in 12.1

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    @caf4926

    Yes, every single app, every window opened - including such things as alert and message windows all appear at 0,0 in a tiny window.

    I have subsequently discovered that if I remove all the size and position information from the rules then the windows no longer open in a 'tiny' state, but everything still opens at 0,0.

    It makes my system very aggravating to use. I now have a separate, spare copy of my working .kde4 directory to replace the live one if the problem returns.

    There has got to be a setting somewhere that is causing the window manager to ignore some of the rules or to misinterpret them for some reason.

    I don't understand why only a few people have this problem. I still wonder if it it something to do with activity switching which was the only different thing I did before the window problem happened. The other thing is.... KDE did not notice whatever change was made until after a reboot.

    If you need me to do any testing or get diagnostics, please feel free to e-mail me.

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    So I did a little bit more experimentation.

    I have a second system I have also upgraded to SuSe12.1. It is a 32-bit system rather than 64 bit, but works fine.

    It developed the same problem with windows.

    So, I took a copy of my .kde4 directory from my 64-bit machine which now used the old backup copy of .kde4 and whose windows work fine.

    On my 32-bit machine, the windows still open at 0,0 very small. Ireplaced the .kde4 file with the one from my other machine. Voila. Windows working again.

    I logged out the user, logged in. Still working. I rebooted the system, still working.

    Now for the test.

    I started the search and launch activities.

    Went back to my normal desktop and tried found that already windows are back to 0,0 and very small. Something happened between starting the search/launch activity and going back to my normal desktop.

    Has anyone any idea what it could be?

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    Default Re: Window Maximize/Restore Does Not Return To Original Window Size in Firefox and Thunderbird

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