Now I also heard if it does not center them automatically, GNOME (at least in Ubuntu) may try to place the windows so they don’t overlap somehow. This was totally new to me and I do not see nor have ever seen that in practice. When the setting is disabled, it just places windows at 0,0. (But maybe this is a new feature in GNOME 3.32? Or just some addition by Ubuntu?)
So anywhere, here is a poll:
I think that new windows should open:
- Centred. Neat and predictable but each new window covers the last one.
- Placed automatically. Less predictable but each new window is least likely to overlap any others.
You can change this setting in