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an application and panel applet that shows a miniature view of your desktop.
Current stable version: 
Primary author(s): 
Thomas Leonard


The pager is a panel applet that shows a miniature view of your desktop. You can use it to bring hidden windows to the front, move windows around or, if using multiple workspaces, see which one you're on and change between them (the screenshot below shows my desktop with 6 workspaces).

The pager will only work if your window manager supports the Extended Window Manager Hints standard, defined at Different window managers have different levels of support for this, so if it doesn't work, it's probably a problem with the window manager rather than with the pager.

You can run Pager as an application, or you can also drag the pager to a panel to run it as an applet. You will still need to download libwnck (see below) if you don't have it already. (this library is not yet available via
Zero Install)


The Pager applet requires GNOME's libwnck library, version 2.2.0 or later.

  1. Download from one of the sources listed above
  2. If not using ZeroInstall, extract it (eg, by dragging it to Archive)
  3. Drag it to the blank area in the middle of a ROX-Filer panel, or just run it as a normal application.
  4. The documentation is in the Pager/Help directory.

Comments and Commentary

I use sawfish and I have to click in the top-left corner of a workspace to get it to work correctly!

There's a bug in libwnck; try this patch.

After compiling I get the error message: Pager/src/main.c:192: undefined reference to `wnck_create_window_menu'

Your version of libwnck is newer than the current Pager release. You need the snapshot version from

Choices directory

Hi, I'm a happy user of ROX-Filer 2.4.1 on Gentoo. I also have Pager version 1.0.1 installed from portage.

When I use Pager as an applet on the ROX panel and then change the Pager display options, Pager creates a Choices directory in my home directory in order to save the changes. The file is ~/Choices/Pager/Options and it has the following content:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
  <Option name="n_rows">1</Option>

I thought you might like to know about this since, as I understand it, the Choices directory is deprecated in favor of the ~/.config directory.

Otherwise, Pager works perfectly. Thank you for all of your work on the ROX project.

Choices directory

Version 1.1 should use .config instead.

Increase columns rather than rows

Hi - From looking at the screen shot, it seems you have 6 workspaces, arranged by 2 rows and 3 columns. However, in the options there is only the option to change the number of rows. How do I change the number of columns, or is this the default to modify to fit in with the number of workspaces?

n_columns = workspaces / n_rows

Yes, n_columns = n_workspaces / n_rows

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