Here you can find some random tips for the first run of FVWM-Crystal.

I assume, that you already installed the package (if not, look in INSTALL file instead), and you are now inside your brand new desktop environment.

  • Right click on the desktop opens new terminal window.

  • Right click on the Close button will minimize a window. To bring it back, click on the icon of the program in the icons panel, or double-click on the thumbnail placed on the desktop (if you have a layout with thumbnails enabled).

  • When you start FVWM-Crystal for the first time, there will be an automatically generated panel with applications installed on your system. Clicking on an icon of selected application with your RMB will launch this application; clicking with LMB will open a menu with other similar apps.

  • Clicking and holding a mouse button on the titlebar buttons will result in opening of a small menu, which contains available commands for this button. Letter in brackets indicates, which function will be ececuted when you click on the certain button using your left (L), right ® or middle (M) mouse button.

  • If a wallpaper was not set at startup, make sure that you have hsetroot, Esetroot or feh installed and available on your system. Try to set a wallpaper using main menu (it may by a little slow at the first time, because miniatures have to be generated).

  • You can change a wallpaper, window decorations and panel/menu colorsets using the main menu (a desk-like icon). Your changes will be automatically remembered for the next startup.

  • Some recipes provides no button. In the preferences, you can set if you want or not a menu with a Left click on the desktop. It is On by default. In any cases, Alt + Menu will popup the main menu.

  • In the preferences, the first time you will click on Generate application menu, a popup will ask you to edit $HOME/.fvwm-crystal/preferences/IconDirs and $HOME/.fvwm-crystal/preferences/DesktopDirs.


Documentation written by Maciej Delmanowski <> Maintained and ported to asciidoc by Dominique Michel <>

FVWM-Crystal and all the scripts and other files coming with the distribution are subject to the GNU General Public License (GPL). Please refer to the COPYING file that came with FVWM-Crystal for details.