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Can't seem to get rid of indicator? [closed]

asked 2014-11-21 23:33:55 +0000

drak3 gravatar image

updated 2014-11-26 11:15:07 +0000

I've been playing around with colors and themes and I've realized I can't seem to not have an indicator. It follows the color of the background, which seems to contradict section 4.15 of the docs:

The indicator color is used for indicating where a new window will be opened. For horizontal split containers, the right border will be painted in indicator color, for vertical split containers, the bottom border.

I'd prefer it not follow that color (the background). Does anyone know a way around this?

info: I also have borders disabled.


i3 -v: i3 version 4.8 (2014-06-15, branch "4.8") © 2009-2014 Michael Stapelberg and contributors

#colors:                border  backgr. text    ind.
client.focused          #007030 #007030 #ffffff #222222
client.focused_inactive #888888 #222222 #ffffff #222222
client.unfocused        #888888 #222222 #ffffff #222222
client.urgent           #900000 #900000 #ffffff #222222

#no window borders
hide_edge_borders both
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Closed for the following reason not a real question by Michael
close date 2014-12-06 22:54:18.877221


Um, I am confused: if you have borders disabled how do you even see the indicator? Could you please post your border settings, too?

Adaephon gravatar imageAdaephon ( 2014-11-26 06:00:41 +0000 )edit

updated OP. It confused me as well. 3 possibilities jump out at me: 1, there is an extra command needed to hide the indicator. 2, one can't hide the indicator. 3, there is a defect wherein the indicator color setting doesn't work, and it gets shown when borders are disabled.

drak3 gravatar imagedrak3 ( 2014-11-26 11:19:03 +0000 )edit

You should report this as a bug at

Michael gravatar imageMichael ( 2014-12-06 22:54:04 +0000 )edit

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answered 2014-11-26 12:09:06 +0000

Adaephon gravatar image

Try this:

#colors:                border  backgr. text    ind.
client.focused          #007030 #007030 #ffffff #007030
client.focused_inactive #888888 #222222 #ffffff #222222
client.unfocused        #888888 #222222 #ffffff #222222
client.urgent           #900000 #900000 #ffffff #900000

The reason you can see the indicatoris, that it is actually not following the background color for focused and urgent windows. The background color is the one actually used for the window borders whereas the border color is only for the borders of the title bar.

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i think you may misunderstand. setting the indicator color does absolutely nothing, it always follows the background. for me, its always following the window background color. changing the other colors does what the docs describe. the changes you described have no apparent change.

drak3 gravatar imagedrak3 ( 2014-11-26 14:16:24 +0000 )edit

So if you have a red window, you get a red indicator and with a blue window a blue indicator?

Adaephon gravatar imageAdaephon ( 2014-11-26 15:07:06 +0000 )edit

yes, that is correct. It doesn't make sense to me...

drak3 gravatar imagedrak3 ( 2014-11-26 15:12:46 +0000 )edit

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