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    Default How do you run two different browsers side by side

    HP desktop, dual boot Windows 8.1 and Opensuse 13.2

    My wife runs Chrome and Firefox.
    She needs to use both browsers at the same time, each resized to take up about 1/2 the screen. For example Chrome on the left and Firefox on the right.

    1. She opens one browser, resizes it and moves the window so it takes takes up one side of the screen.

    2. She opens another browser, which automatically minimizes the first one and resizes the second browser on the opposite side of the screen.

    3. She clicks the first browser to get it back on the screen, but the second brower automatically minimizes.

    It is one browser at a time, but not both at the same time.

    Can someone please suggest a resolution?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    I currently have "firefox" and "rekonq" both open. Actually, I have two "firefox" browsers (different profiles).

    I currently have "firefox" in workspace 2 and 5 (the two profiles), and "rekonq" in workspace 3. However, I sometimes have "firefox" and "chromium" open in the same workspace.

    I rarely minimize the browsers. I normally leave them at a comfortable size (around 2/3 of the screen width on my screen). I have configured so that when I move the mouse over a window, that is brought into focus. So I allow the two browsers to overlap, with enough of each visible that I can easily move the mouse over it to bring it into focus.

    I am using KDE (on opensuse 13.2). My guess is that you are using Gnome. It is a lot harder to do this on Gnome. It used to be just as easy back with Gnome 2. But the Gnome developers apparently decided that I am doing it all wrong, so they made it very hard to use the desktop the way I want. That's why I now use KDE. I'm pretty sure XFCE can also be easily configured to work the way that I like.
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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    On 2015-01-18 16:06, SteveFury61 wrote:
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    > HP desktop, dual boot Windows 8.1 and Opensuse 13.2


    The desktop you use is also relevant, but don't say which.

    For instance, I can do what you describe just fine in XFCE, 13.1

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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    Thanks for the replies. She is using KDE, sorry for skipping that information.

    The issue is that both browsers, Chrome and Firefox can't occupy the same workspace and that is what she requires. One automatically minimizes when the other is on the workspace. I am not sure why.

    It's almost as if both programs are somehow registerd as being full screen when they have been resized to occupy roughly half the screen. (Only one maximized program can occupy a screen) If that makes any sense.

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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    I am not sure if this happens with other programs.

    Because of this issue she is currently logged into 8.1 so she can run both browsers at the same time, Chrome on the left and Fox on the right. She's not at a working point when she can reboot but I am curious if this is across all programs. For example I am curious to know if she can run Libre office and Kolour paint in resized windows within the same workspace.

    I'll let you know about this when she is at a time when she can to reboot into 13.2.

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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    No it does not make sense.

    I don't have chrome installed but it is proprietary and thus who knows. Maybe some one else can try it. I have no problem with FF and konqueror

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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    No it does not make sense.

    I don't have chrome installed but it is proprietary and thus who knows. Maybe some one else can try it. I have no problem with FF and konqueror
    Yes I agree.

    My own laptop (HP I7, 12gb) is also 13.2 KDE and I can run FF, Konqueror and many other program windows within the same workspace. That's a reason I am puzzled by her issue.

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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    What about trying other combinations. Konqueror - FF will most probably have no problems (many, including me do this). but did you test Konqueror - Chrome?
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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    Tell her to try another browser it could be Chrome . No telling what Google has done. Where did she get the version she is running? Chrome is not in the repos to my knowledge but Chromium is and it is the open source version. It certainly is not normal unless she has enacted some truly odd windows rules. There are so many ways to change KDE behavior I can't keep track but never heard of only allowing 1 Window shown at a time.

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    Default Re: How do you run two different browsers side by side

    ...Chrome on the left and Firefox on the right.

    1. She opens one browser, resizes it and moves the window so it takes takes up one side of the screen.

    2. She opens another browser, which automatically minimizes the first one and resizes the second browser on the opposite side of the screen.

    3. She clicks the first browser to get it back on the screen, but the second brower automatically minimizes.

    It is one browser at a time, but not both at the same time.
    I just tried it on my PC with the same setup, 13.2, KDE, Chrome (latest from http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64) and Firefox (latest from http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_13.2/), and I could not reproduce that behavior.

    In other words I can set each browser to occupy 1/2 of the screen, and both stay open. Focus changes by simply movng the cursor from one to the other and clicking once.

    I'm inclined to suspect a customized setting on your machine, though I just spent a while going through settings in an attempt to duplicate the behavior you describe and was not able to, so I'm afraid I can't be really helpful in trying to find a fix.
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