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Multiple Window Mode

This mode provides the most integrated way to run Microsoft Windows and X on the same computer. When an X client starts, it appears in a window like any other displayed by MS Windows. Each client you start creates its own window on your display. You can have up to 2048 different top-level windows.

The client window's controls (i.e. its borders, the Control Menu box, move window functions, etc.) are all handled by Microsoft Windows on your PC. This makes for an integrated environment where you can manipulate X client windows in the same way as windows displayed by Explorer or any other MS Windows' program.

In the Multiple window mode, Microsoft Windows works as a local window manager for your X clients. Since window management functions do not have to be provided from a remote host, this mode speeds up window management functions and reduces network traffic. In this mode, XServer can work on multi-monitors PCs.

Functions that affect XServer as a whole are controlled by clicking the X-session icon.

Note: the XSession icon cannot be changed into a window in the Multiple window mode, as its only purpose is to control the overall settings for X clients that appear in their own windows.

Note: the MS Windows window manager is locally used in the Multiple window mode and any other window manager is blocked. Some remote windows managers close the X-session if they detect any other running window manager (e.g., the XDMCP method can fail because of this). In this case, you cannot use the Multiple window mode. You can use it if you do not want to use a remote window manager.

Example of Initiating a Login Session by Using Telnet to Start xterm

First, make sure that your remote host is accessible from your PC (e.g., with the Ping utility). Also, make sure that your PC is accessible from your remote host. If OK, then you may initiate a login session by using Telnet like the following steps:

1) Specifying required settings

  • Start XSettings by double-clicking on the XSettings icon from the WinaXe Plus Programs' folder (the XSettings window should appear)

  • Select Multiple from the Window Mode List

  • Disable the Use XDMCP check box from the XDMCP section

  • Specify other required settings

  • Click OK to save your settings and exit XSettings

2) Initiating X-session

  • Start XServer by double-clicking on the XSession icon from the WinaXe Plus Programs' folder (the empty X-session window should appear)

3) Initiating the Telnet session

  • Start Telnet_SSH by double-clicking on the Telnet_SSH icon from the WinaXe Plus Programs' folder (or from the Run menu of XServer); the Telnet Connect Host window should appear

  • Choose Telnet in the Interface section

  • Enter the network name or IP address for the remote host you want to connect to

  • Change the default Telnet port number if required

  • Click OK to start the Telnet session with the remote host (the Telnet window should appear)

  • Specify the login information required for your host system (e.g., User Name and Password)

4) Starting the xterm program from the Telnet window

  • Run the following command line:


/usr/bin/X11/xterm -display IP_address_of_your_PC:0&


/usr/bin/X11/xterm -display Name_of_your_PC:0&

(in the latter case, you should have Name_of_your_PC and IP_address_of_your_PC in the /etc/hosts file on your UNIX host).

The xterm window should appear on your display. You can then interact with the host by choosing commands from displayed menus, or by typing commands in the window and starting remote applications (e.g., xclock).

Note: The path to xterm depends on the operating system's configuration used on the host (e.g., the path may be /usr/X11R6/bin/xterm).

Note: You should not start a remote window manager after that.

The X Client's Menu

On the X client window's Control Menu, you can use both MS Windows commands and menu items added by WinaXe Plus.

Restore, Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize and Close all function as with any MS Windows application.

The Edit menu gives you access to all WinaXe Plus Copy & Paste commands. A number of these commands specify the current X Selection as the source or target of the command (see A Note on Copy and Paste earlier in this chapter).

The Edit menu presents the same set of commands displayed from the server's Control Menu in the Single window mode (see section The Edit Menu of XServer Commands below), but the Copy Rectangle, Print Rectangle, and Copy All commands affect only the current client's window.


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