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I have problem with this function because i work in Maya and other 3D applications that use this key combination... This option on Ubuntu 11.04 was in "window" section so i could change it to something else to avoid conflicts... where is this located in Ubuntu 11.10?

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did any answer help you solve the maya issue? as Autodesk doesn't officially support Maya for Ubuntu, it'd be interesting to know, and if so, maybe mark which answer was helpful? cheers –  JorgeArtware Jun 3 at 11:16

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It’s a Compiz plugin.

Install Compiz Config Settings Manager (sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager in a terminal) and open it.

Once opened, search for a “Move Window” plugin. Select it, and disable or change the first option, that says something like “Initiate window movement” (I have Spanish locale).

CCSM window

For Unity 2d:

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The original poster didn't specify what version of Unity he was using. Ubuntu users with computers that can't handle Compiz are running Unity-2D with Metacity. The solution you posted doesn't work for them. If possible, you should provide both solutions. –  user27451 Nov 10 '11 at 11:13
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Thank you, I was having trouble with Sublime Text 3 and this helped :) –  aditya menon Aug 6 '13 at 8:19
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Disabling "Initiate window movement" option somehow doesn't work for me. Any ideas how I can force compiz to disable it? –  disfated Apr 16 at 7:52
    
not sure if it worked for the maya issue (i'm guessing it did) but it did solve it for me (regarding sublime and atom editors) much appreciated, Fitoschido. Also, I recommend Samuel's method even better. –  JorgeArtware Jun 3 at 11:10

With regard to Fitoschido's answer:

Clicking on the <Alt>Button1 and just disabling it didn't work for me - it had no effect (and when restarting the computer, is was enabled again!). (I'm on Ubuntu 13.10)

What worked was clicking on the <Alt>Button1 and setting it to a different combination, for example ALT-SUPER button1.

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In conf-editor (you can open it from terminal) go to:
/apps/metacity/general
In the "mouse_button_modifier" option change <Alt> to <Super> or something else.

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This does not work for Ubuntu 12.10 –  Crimbo Mar 17 '13 at 16:55
    
@Crimbo the conf-editor route is for older versions, the Compiz route is for newer versions like yours. –  Novine Oct 30 '13 at 20:31

I had this issue with Eagle CAD, and I learned from another forum that you can hold the Super key (windows key for me) before pressing Alt.

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