Node:Window-managers and ECB, Previous:Hide-show, Up:Tips and tricks

Support of several Emacs-window-managers

There are several window-managers available which offer an easy interface to jump between different window-configurations within the same frame. A window configuration is the layout of windows and associated buffers within a frame. There is always at least one configuration, the current configuration. You can create new configurations and cycle through the layouts in either direction. Window configurations are often named or numbered, and you can jump to and delete named rsp. numbered configurations.

Without special support by ECB these window-managers would not work in combination with ECB!

ECB currently supports the following managers:

IMPORTANT: With one of these window-managers installed and active you can run applications like Gnus, VM or BBDB in the same frame as ECB! Just use different window-configurations (winring.el) or escreens (escreen.el) for ECB and the other applications. Especially with winring.el you can give every configuration a descriptive name like "ECB" or "Gnus"; afterwards you can jump to a window-configuration by name!

The rest of this section describes how to enable the special ECB-support for these window-managers and how to use them.

Enabling of the support

Every support must be enabled explicitly:

If a window-manager-support should be enabled autom. after Emacs-start just put the following into your .emacs:


;; or - if you like escreen more


Usage of a window-manager in combination with ECB

After enabling the support of one of the supported window-managers just go on as described in the commentary or introduction of the respective library-file(s) of the window-manager. Here is a short description:

Disabling the support

There is normally no need to do this but nevertheless it can be done by ecb-winman-escreen-disable-support rsp. ecb-winman-winring-disable-support.


  1. And of course all other escreen-goto-* commands!