A Sampling of KWin Tiling Scripts


Exquisite imitates the tiling in Windows. When the Exquisite script is selected, you can enable it with Ctrl + Alt + D or with a key combination set in System Settings | Shortcuts | KWin | Exquisite. To use Exquisite, click on a window and drag it to one of the available grid layouts. Layouts vary from two to four windows, with horizontal and vertical layouts (Figure 3). Exquisite might help some Windows users adjust to Plasma.

Figure 3: Exquisite is based on the tiling in recent releases of Windows.


Like most other tiling scripts, FlexGrid has minimal keyboard shortcuts and a variety of grid layouts (Figure 4). What makes FlexGrid worth mentioning is its set of subtle enhancements. For example, different layouts can be used on each virtual workspace, Activity, or screen. In addition, FlexGrid can be set to hide window borders or cascade windows in the same slot in the grid.

Figure 4: FlexGrid is typical of many tiling scripts, but it offers more customizations than many. In this example, window borders are hidden.


Inspired by the classic dwm tiling manager, Krohnkite has some of the most advanced features of the KWin scripts. Fully configurable, Krohnkite integrates well with other KWin and Plasma features.

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