The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+right/left does two different things:

  1. If I have no windows selected, it changes workspace

  2. If I select a window, it takes the window to the half right/ left of the screen.

I would like to have Ctrl+Alt+right/left, just switching workspaces, but I can't find a way. I have tried to edit the keyboards shortcuts menu, but it seems the only assigned action to that key combination is to switch workspaces:
Screenshot of keyboard shortcuts

I am using ubuntu 16.04

  • You will probably find the hotkey combination that makes a selected window tile in compizconfig-settings-manager. (Install that package to install the compiz configuration tool, where you can disable the key combination)
    – vanadium
    Mar 5, 2019 at 9:59
  • I installed compizconfig-settings-manager, but I can't find the key combination to disable it. Mar 5, 2019 at 18:14
  • I also intalled gconf-editor, and still I don't seem to find how to change the window snaping behaviour. Thanks though. Mar 5, 2019 at 18:16
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    I would have checked myself if I still were using Unity with compiz. I am pretty sure the option will be out there, but then, compizconfig-settings-manager is quite overwhelming, and you can quickly end up with a broken desktop. If that happens, you can reset compiz from the terminal with the command dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
    – vanadium
    Mar 5, 2019 at 18:24

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I found a way to fix the problem:

  1. Install compizconfig-settings-manager

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  2. Run compizconfig-settings-manager. in the terminal type

  3. Go to Window Management/Grid

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  1. Change the commands to Right Maximize, Left Maximize, Restore, and Maximize.

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It is worth noting that ccsm is an advanced tool. If you did something wrong and want to reset it, type:

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

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