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Is there a shortcut to tile windows to left or right side of the screen?

I am still struggling in looking for a tiling window manager.

What I need is not complicated, I just would like to be able to tile windows to the left/right/up/down half of the screen, by keyboard shortcuts. Normally Compiz Giddoes a perfect job for this...

Unfortunately, the constraint is that as my Ubuntu 11.10 is a virtual machine under Mac OS by VMware Fusion, the 3D acceleration is not enabled. So Compiz Grid is not a solution for me.

I have tried xmonad, but I don't like the layout, it is too different from a normal and traditional desktop environment. bluetile also looks to me that way...

I have tried xfce4 and xfwm4, but I still can't find the shortcut keys to tile windows.

Could anyone suggest me a window manager, ideally they have already tried, to realize tiling functionality with shortcuts?

marked as duplicate by fossfreedom May 7 '12 at 8:36

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  • So you're saying that because of missing 3D acceleration the "standard" Unity hot keys for window placement (Ctrl-Alt-Numpad arrows) do not work for you? I wasn't aware this functionality depends on 3D acceleration... – Sergey Apr 16 '12 at 23:54
  • Yes, this functionality normally depends on 3D acceleration... – SoftTimur Apr 17 '12 at 22:47
  • @SoftTimur - I note in your similar XFCE question you mentioned that you tried that answer in unity-2D. What do you want to do with this question? – fossfreedom Apr 20 '12 at 13:12
  • Did you check out the 1st answer to the question that your post was marked as a possible duplicate of? (askubuntu.com/a/123222/787506) Someone wrote a python script to allow you to tile windows with keyboard shortcuts that they say would work in Unity 2D. Something called QuickTile is also suggested in the 3rd answer. Also, for the record, in xfce4 the tiling window keyboard shortcuts would be in Settings>Window Manager>Keyboard. Remember that when you log in you have to actually opt to use xfce vs unity. – Hee Jin Mar 26 at 22:05
  • Alternatively, perhaps you could run Gnome Shell? There are a few gnome shell extensions (Gtile, PutWindows, ShellShape, Gnomesome) that offer ways to tile windows with keyboard shortcuts and/or mouse placement. Also gconf-editor was suggested as a solution here: askubuntu.com/questions/84066/… – Hee Jin Mar 26 at 22:21