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I am running Natty Narwhal on x86_64 with the new "Unity" desktop.

I have two monitors. Well, make that one monitor and a high-def television set. I usually leave the TV off, or if it is on, it is usually set to display an input other than my Ubuntu system.

Sometimes, when an application decides to open a window, it opens it on the secondary display (i.e., the TV). In earlier versions of Ubuntu (using gnome-desktop), I could right-click on the application in the task bar, select the name of the window, choose "Move", and drag it onto my primary display (i.e., the monitor).

With Natty, I have to turn on my television, wait for it to power up, set it to "HDMI input #3" (or whatever), mouse over to the TV, grab the window, drag it back, restore my TV to its default input, and turn it off.

I find this new process significantly less efficient than the old one.

Is there any way under Unity to move a window that I cannot see from one screen to another? If not, how can I request this feature?


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how can I request this feature? superkey(win key) + w – Achu Jun 14 '11 at 17:56
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CompizConfig Settings Manager "Put" Option can help you to move the hidden window with a user definable key binding.

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In my case, I use [Super] with a combination with the numeric keyboard, this way, when a window is far from the sight, or hidden below a full screen window, I can simply send it to another place in order to get the focus. Of course, I should use [Alt][Tab] or [Super][Tab] to choose the window that I wish to move.

Give this a try and let us know how did you do with this suggestion.

Good luck!

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Thanks for the suggestion; I will give it a try tonight. – Nemo Jun 14 '11 at 21:13
Excellent; thank you. Although... Shouldn't this settings manager be part of the default install :-) ? – Nemo Jun 16 '11 at 4:47

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