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I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 under gnome-shell. When I press Ctrl-Alt-KP_Left, the active window moves to the left edge of the screen, likewise for right, up, and down. KP_5 maximises/restores the window. (Fascinatingly, moving the window to the left or right at the same time moves it down a bit each time.)

I don't like that, as it interferes with certain Eclipse shortcuts, but I can't find a place to change these settings. In gconf-editor, I navigated to /apps/metacity/window_keybindings and found that move_to_side_e was set to SuperKP_Left, and so on. I changed all these to disabled, to no avail (I tried logging out an in again.)

How can I change these shortcuts?

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I just came here looking for this in GNOME 3.14, and you can simply change it in Settings (click in the top right-hand corner, and then the tools icon) by going to Keyboard, then the tab "Shortcuts", on the left-hand side click "Windows" (since we're talking keyboard shortcuts to manage windows) and set them for "View split on left" and "View split on right". Same for "Maximize window".

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Have a look at Put plugin in CompizConfigSettingsManager, "Bindings" tab, "Put within viewport" section.

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compiz won't work with gnome-shell – Anwar Shah Jul 13 '12 at 15:11

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