Fast window moving and resizing

Hello everyone, back from accidentally deleting a post. I now love google for storing it in their cache. I put the comments back and edited their time-stamps. You might notice them still in the sidebar, they just need to cycle out.

Okay, now that that mess is cleaned up, let’s discuss our feature post here. So, most of you probably know you can move your windows with alt+click from the compizconfig-settings-manager (also known as “Advanced Desktop Effects” or “ccsm”). You can also move them with ALT+F7. Here, we will be discussing two alt tricks.

So, this works on the “top” windows, lets start with the simple ALT+LEFTCLICK and drag. It will move the window. Easy. Piece of pie. Let us move on to the next trick here. This one is good for my ball mouse withย it’s horrible dots per inch. I have trouble getting to the tip of the window to resize it.

So, all you do is hit alt then click the middle mouse button (scroll-wheel) at the different location. You can be away from the window, it just matters where the cursor is located at the time. So if it’s above it will resize horizontally; you get the idea.

While I’m here, why not tell you another bit of alt key info combined with the F* (* means wildcard ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) keys. So, for one, you should know (and if you don’t well…) that ALT+F4 will close the “top” window. Alt and F7 will move it as stated above.

Another resizing option with alt is ALT+F8, it’s a bit more disorienting though, but you can play with it if you wish. Some very useful onesfor myself include minimizing with ALT+F9 and maximizing with ALT+F10.

You might know simply F11 will make certain applications full screen such as Firefox or the Terminal to keep focused on the task at hand. I still have yet to figure out what ALT+F6 does, it’s kind of a task switcher, but it only has the top window in it… strange…

Anyways, hopefully these will be of service to those of you who prefer keyboard to mouse (I’m one of those people ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and maybe a quick shortcut to all. Well, it’s a bit late and I’m off to bed.

Nighty night,


~ by nikopsk on February 24, 2008.

5 Responses to “Fast window moving and resizing”

  1. Interesting, thanks.

  2. No problem, glad you like. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nice work, Niko! Glad you’re keeping us updated with your blog ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Hehehe, I still need to know what ALT+F6 does… ๐Ÿ‘ฟ No problem Jon. With my slurry of posts there, you should read every day.

  5. You can do everything with Compiz ๐Ÿ˜›

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