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The bottom of my (Chromium) window is off the bottom of the screen. If I move the window up, Unity maximises the window (which I do not want).

What keyboard combination can I press to make the active window shorter (smaller)?


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Have you tried to press ctrl-alt-keypad 8 several times? – Xiè Jìléi May 27 '11 at 2:08
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Hold down Alt and press space. Then press R on your keyboard. You can now use the arrows to resize the window.

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You can press Alt + F8 and your mouse pointer will automatically switch to a resizing pointer, which you can use to resize your window either with the mouse or using the arrow keys.

You can then click or press esc to stop and turn your normal pointer back on.

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Cool - though alt-F8 seems to only change window width – Rob May 23 '11 at 14:08
Alt F7 allow me to move the window around without it snapping onto the top bar. That would've worked for me too. – Rob May 23 '11 at 14:09
It depends how you move your mouse after pressing F8. Horizontally → width, vertically → height, diagonally → both. – htorque May 23 '11 at 14:10
Right you are, htorque – Rob May 24 '11 at 12:12

I tend to use alt+middle-drag to resize windows.

It's not pure keyboard but it is useful in awkward situations (like this)

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That doesn't work for me but thanks anyway – Rob May 24 '11 at 12:50

Right-click the title bar, select Resize and then control the window size with the mouse.

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That works for decorated windows, but not for undecorated ones. – jwpat7 Dec 18 '11 at 0:08

I find Alt + right-click + drag to be the most convenient way to do this.

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