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I cannot find it in the keyboard settings at all. In previous versions there was a tick box saying something along the lines of "use meta key instead of alt to drag windows?"

So how can I prevent alt trying to do this? :)

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What's meta key? –  Joshua Siret Jul 23 '12 at 19:35
    
usually replaced it with the super key (the windows button) –  Harvey Newell Jul 23 '12 at 20:21
    
please re add the 12.04 tag as this was possible in standard ubuntu settings until this release –  Harvey Newell Jul 24 '12 at 18:53
    
Possible duplicated askubuntu.com/q/66125/169736 –  Braiam Feb 23 at 19:04
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Here's the way to do it without messing with the keyboard layout.
Note: You must know that this is a compiz feature, I recommend you not to change the keyboard layout settings.

  1. Make sure you have gconf-editor. Also known as Configuration Editor. You can install it from the Software Center.
  2. Run it and browse to /apps/compiz-1/plugins/move/screen0/options/.
  3. Simply change initiate_button from <Alt>Button1 to <Super>Button1.
  4. And you're done.

How-to

NB: Maybe if you want the easier way to do it, mess with CCSM (compizconfig-settings-manager).

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thank you SO SO SO much. this has been causing haywire with some special apps i use. true life saver –  Harvey Newell Jul 24 '12 at 18:47
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In Ubuntu 13.10 this worked for me:

  1. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type sudo apt-get install dconf-editor. Enter your password when prompted and after the installation is finished type dconf-editor to open the Configuration Editor.
  2. Now either hit Ctrl+F and use the hereby summoned field to search for mouse-button-modifier or navigate to org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences and find the same.
  3. Change it's value from <Alt> to something else (<Super> will probably work best) and enjoy your improved workflow!

NB: Leaving the field empty will get you stuck in drag-mode, unable to click the "Set to Default" button. You can bring the focus to this button by pressing Tab until a fine orange rim shows up around it. Then press Space and repeat step 3.

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Search keyboard layout, it's a tab in keyboard settings too. Press options and check out the screenshot, hope that helps.

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did not help, i wanted to preserve all other uses of the alt key, sorry. –  Harvey Newell Jul 24 '12 at 18:48
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