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To align a window to left/right/top/bottom half of a screen with mouse you should go to 'settings editor' -> 'xfwm4' and uncheck 'wrap_windows' property. Now you can drag window beyond the edge of the screen to tile it. But what are keyboard shortcuts for such a tiling? XFCE 4.10 has that functionality, but I can't find keyboard shortcuts for it.

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Whilst this is a 12.04 answer - please see if it applies to 12.10 -… – fossfreedom Oct 31 '12 at 19:56
There are a lot of tiling programs around, but it is interesting to get it work out of the box. According to Xfce 4.10 tour ([]) "Xfwm4 can now tile a window when you drag it to the edge of the screen. This feature is optional and is disabled by default. In such a case windows can still be tiled using a keyboard shortcut." But what shortcut and where it can be configured? – sknaumov Nov 1 '12 at 19:15
To enable tiling by mouse, I went to Applications, Settings Manager, Window Manager, Advanced, then unchecked 'Wrap workspaces when dragging a window off the screen'. – Iain Elder Nov 23 '13 at 14:26
For more solutions (independent of desktop environment, more shortcuts, tile not only by half but also third and two-third, send to next workspace), see ref… – Stéphane Gourichon Mar 16 at 19:37
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Xubuntu keyboard shortcuts

By default, XFCE/Xubuntu tiling is a mouse only affair.

However, you do have the ability to define your own keyboard shortcuts:

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Using settings manager --> window manager you have the Tile Actions as shown.

In the picture I have defined two custom keyboard shortcuts CTRL+T to tile the current window to the top and CTRL+G to tile to the bottom.

To define your own keyboard shortcut - double click in the shortcut field next to the action.

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If you miss Windows-style tiling, double click 'Tile window to the left' and press SUPER + left, then double click 'Tile window to the right' and press SUPER + right. SUPER is sometimes called WIN by Windows users. – Iain Elder Nov 23 '13 at 14:41

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