Windows move where they want. Not where I place them

Asked by Kent McNaughton on 2012-09-24

I'm running 12.04 with the Classic Gnome desktop.

I like to move the windows I'm working with so that I can see the corners and title bar of each of them to easily move between them. The trouble is that clicking on one window now moves previous windows to places where they are obscured behind the window just clicked on.

I want windows to stay where I place them and not where some UI guru thinks they ought to be. How do I do that?

Unity is really not an option for me. I've tried it several times and very much dislike it, thinking it klunky and overwrought.

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What window manager are you using?

ps aux shows gnome-session --session=gnome-classic, also lightdm, and /usr/bin/compiz

Try using metacity instead of compiz, is it ok there?

That did it. Thank you actionparsnip.