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Been looking around and can't see to find any information on how to enable alt+right click for window resize?


My mistake

Running Unity 12.04, I am logged in under failsafe graphics mode as i can't get my 590GX Nvidida card to boot up without being in safe, but thats another problem.

Currently, my alt+click works and i can drag windows around.

But i can't currently, alt+right-click to resize.

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It should work out of the box, without modifications. Please provide more information: what desktop environment are you on (Unity/KDE/GNOME/XFCE/LXDE/...)? Did you update your installation? Did you try to create a new user, log in as the new user and see if that works? –  gertvdijk Dec 20 '12 at 23:02
edited, should make more sense. –  Jamie Hutber Dec 20 '12 at 23:19
Did you check the compiz resize settings(plugin)? –  Weylin Schreck Dec 21 '12 at 0:35

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Install compizconfig-settings-manager

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

and run ccsm from the Dash or from a Terminal window.


Click Window Management and Resize Window.

For 🐭 | Initiate Window Resize assign <Alt>Button3.

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Thanks, awesome stuff :) –  Jamie Hutber Jan 11 at 0:16
This also works for 14.04. –  brejoc Jun 3 at 19:42

Here is the solution I found:

Use gconf-editor and set /apps/metacity/general: resize_with_right_button = true

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The answer from here describes a method that works in both 12.04 (and possibly older versions) as well as 12.10/13.04 with the new gsettings

Put this in a script and run it:

gconftool-2 -s -t bool /apps/metacity/general/resize_with_right_button true
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences resize-with-right-button true

The gconftool-2 line is for GConf based systems, and gsettings is its newer replacement.

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