3 An overview of Xmonad and getting to know some keyboard shortcuts

General info

Xmonad is a tiling window manager and it is coming from here. You can get more information on the Arch Wiki.

The conky is there to help you learn the keyboard shortcuts, when you first boot into Xmonad. Conkies in tiling window managers are not required nor needed.

Keep the Arco-Xmonad github folder save for later if you have installed Xmonad with the ArcoLinuxD ISO. In the future you can do a git pull and see what we improved.

We need to know the most important folder for Xmonad

  • ~/.xmonad

Find out the names of your screen/monitor with xrandr or arandr. You can use it to set your screen in the autostart.

Polybar is going to be our menu at the top. You can read all the articles about polybar here.

I need to set my keyboard to azerty…. I need to do much more. That is covered in this article.

First view – keyboard shortcuts

We are using the same keyboard shortcuts on all our desktops. So learning them will benefit your workflow.

You need to acquire some

finger memory

We go over the keyboard shortcuts from the conky and some more.

Super + Shift + R is the most important one.

Xmonad is actually an application (and a desktop) that needs to be compiled after you change elements.