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How do i get Gnome classic to have a split screen? I want it to be like it is in Unity where if i drag something to the side it maximizes its size to cover just half the screen, and then drag something to the side to i do the same on the other side of the screen. I like Gnome classic a lot more than Unity but i like that feature of Unity.

I am on a Ubuntu 11.10 I am on a HP laptop with 3 GB of ram and 2.7 dual core prossesser

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If you want to search for other solutions, the keywords 'aero snap' might help you. This is how it's called in Windows 7 and many users and developers try to copy it from there.

I used the following two solutions, but I haven't tested them yet on 11.10 and I didn't test the third one at all. The biggest disadvage with all solutions I've found so far: there is no easy way to get the windows back to their original size and position.

Compiz grid

You'll need the package compiz-fusion-plugins-extra. Install it using the package manager or using the following command:

sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-plugins-extra

Then open the CompizConfig Settings Manager and search for grid and enable this plugin. You can then place the active window to the left half

Compiz command

Compiz commands allow you to define custom commands executed based on specific bindings such as moving a window to an edge of the screen. Detailed instructions are available here.

gTile in Gnome 3

Use this gnome 3 gTile extension to resize and place your windows on a grid. This extension was inspired by Divvy for Mac OS, so you can watch this video to get an idea of how it's working.

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The snap plugin, a plugin of compiz, which is the used window manager in Unity. Gnome classic AKA Gnome Shell doesn't use compiz but mutter which is the predecessor of metacity in Gnome/GTK3. And mutter yet does not have this plugin AFAIK. So maybe stick with Unity? It's not that bad ;-)

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This does work in Gnome Shell. Top edge gives full screen, left and right gives half screen. – Zoke Dec 27 '11 at 21:46
i want the drop down menu interface. I don't like the dock in unity, its okay other wise. The dock gets in the way at times, and i like the simplicity of the menus. – John Dec 27 '11 at 22:48
the plug in is active but, isnt working, i have this type of radom glitches sometimes and if i restart they go away, my computer is telling me its been on to long i guess, still wish i could make them stop – John Dec 27 '11 at 23:04

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