KDE and Windows7 both have a nice feature that lets you maximize a window to half the screen by dragging it to the left or right screen edge. Does Gnome have anything similar?

Edit: The feature is called Aero Snap in Windows 7.

asked 09 Jul '10, 20:57

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edited 11 Jul '10, 02:29

Found the answer. At this time there are basically two ways to implement it:

1 - Use this or this window manager hack

The hacks require modifying Compiz with custom commands or scripts.

2 - Use the Compiz Grid extension

sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-plugins-extra

Then enable Grid in the Compiz Settings Manager -> Window Management.

Grid uses modifier key + numpad to position windows around the screen, so it is not exactly aero snap, but is easier to implement, and works well.


answered 11 Jul '10, 02:27

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edited 11 Jul '10, 04:01

You may also want to consider a Tiling window manager like xmonad. While it may take a little set up to get it going, it's very powerful.


answered 12 Jul '10, 01:58

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Thanks, I've got both Xmonad and Awesome installed and running, and am working on learning them when I have time. Compiz Grid + Guake or Tilde are pretty close in efficiency though.

(12 Jul '10, 05:57) Kurtosis

There's another package available for Ubuntu called Bluetile, which is essentially xmonad that doesn't require recompilation for config changes.

(06 Sep '10, 00:05) ranxxerox
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