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One of my ubuntu machines, a netbook running Gnome classic on Ubuntu 12.04 (32bit), has a problem: I cannot resize windows. I can unmaximize them and remaximize them, and the resize icons do appear when I place the mouse pointer on the edges, but I cannot grab and resize those edges.

I have googled around and found people with problems like borders being too thin and hard to grab -- this is not the case here. It is also not application specific -- I cannot resize any windows.

What should I look at and fix? I am a developer and can get around a terminal without destroying things fine. I just don't know where to start.

Any ideas?

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It sounds to me like you're using Gnome-classic with Compiz, and in that case resizing windows doesn't work because the plugin is disabled by default (not sure why).

To enable it, install CCSM:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then run CCSM:

alt+f2ccsm+enter

Then in CCSM enable the resize plugin:
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Starting compizconfig-settings-manager did not work for me, but it worked running it trough the menus. After that your solution worked fine. Thanks! –  DustWolf Nov 20 '12 at 16:56
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For me, when opening the CCSM, the setting was actually checked, but I unchecked it, and then checked it again, and voila!, it works. Stupid shit. –  stolsvik Apr 16 '13 at 11:44

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