All desktops are created equal, right?
Unless you’ve been around the desktop block a few times, you might not know that some desktop interfaces are much more efficient than others. And it’s not just about usability, it’s about making things work as smoothly as possible and helping to create an efficient and simple environment for users.
Linux has that in spades. You will find a lots of different desktops availablesome of them will be immediately familiar and easy to use, while others offer more features and complexity.
There’s a kind of window manager unlike anything you’ve used before, and that’s the tiling window manager. What did I include? The best tiling window manager isalso explains exactly what a tiling window manager is.
For those who don’t want to take the time to read the original, the tiling window manager is a tool that intelligently sets newly opened windows for you, in a way that organizes all open windows by uses the most space available on the desktop. With this type of window manager, you don’t have to worry about arranging and organizing your desktop so you can work with apps side by side. It’s easy and effective.
It’s also very different from any desktop you’ve ever used. So for the average user, there is a bit of a learning curve involved.
That’s why the Pop!_OS solution is ideal. With System76’s Pop!_OS, you can easily switch between the regular Cosmic desktop or the tiling version. Everything you need to do this is included with the operating system, so it’s a lot easier than you might think.
How to Use Pop!_OS Tiling (and Why You Should)
How easy is it? I will show you.
The only thing you need is a computer (desktop or laptop) running Pop!_OS. I’ll be demonstrating on a System76 Thelio desktop, running Pop!_OS 22.04.
How to add tiling exception
You may have an app that you want to open in regular mode. For example, I want to open my email client without tile. That way I can move the window as needed and resize it accordingly.
To add an exception, make sure the app is open, then click to reopen the Window Tile pop-up. From the pop-up, click Floating Exceptions. In the resulting window, click Select, then select the application you want to add as an exception from your screen.
You will be prompted to select that current window or all windows associated with the application. When you’re done, the app will appear as usual on the screen, where you can move, resize, and shrink the app as needed.
That’s all you need to use Pop!_OS Tiling Window Manager option in Pop!_OS. Some of you may not feel familiar with this feature, while others will find it to be the most efficient PC interface available. The best thing about the Pop!_OS solution is that you can use it when you need it and turn it off when you don’t. That way, you get the best of both worlds with the flip of a switch.