On my netbook with a resolution of 1024x768, dialogues, like "file open" dialogue or "windows", like the file manager window are opened so that the height of the dialogue/window is too huge.

Every time, I have to press the alt button, move the dialogue/window and resize it, to use it normally. Something that is really anoying, especially, because Ubuntu already knows (like I can see in the dash - that is set to netbook) about the monitor form factor. All the netbooks have a display 1024x576 or 1024x600 - so it would be nice, if the dialogues would be resized to not extent over the borders.

Another option would be, if I could resize dialogues/windows - and "save" the form after it, so next time, it would open with exactly the new size. I tried the F5 button - but that is not a solution. So I'd ask, if anyone knows a solution to solve this unlucky behaviour.

  • That would be a nice feature. I hope someone fixes it.
    – poolie
    Mar 8, 2012 at 1:18

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Sure, if you are willing to devote some time to it, I'm afraid. Bug reports to the programs would be a good first step, though.

As a workaround, you can use devilspie as outlined here, but by setting the size of the window instead ofthe workspace.

A simple script invoked via a hotkey that uses wmctrl could also do the trick.

But I still think you should make feature request bug reports, so that this type of ugly hack is not needed.


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