I am using IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 20.04. Some of its dialogs pop up and do not have a button to maximize it, even though it has the handles to manually change its size. This particular dialog has a lot of information to convey, I like it to be maximized, but after some whatever, the dialog sometimes loses my carefully manually-resized “maximized-like” positioning. I wish there was an easy way to maximize this dialog.

Super+Up or Alt+F10 does not work for this window.

Drag and snap does not work for this window.

This used to be possible with the extension Window Buttons, but that no longer works.

I understand this may be an IntelliJ IDEA problem, but I have little confidence in that getting any traction, so I'm looking for an Ubuntu/Gnome solution or workaround.

I am wondering if there are any other ways. (I'd be fine with a command-line solution that I can hook up to a shortcut of sorts.) There's just not much I can find (googling for “gnome” and “maximize” mostly just brings me to the Ubuntu 12 era when Gnome reportedly removed the maximize buttons for everyone). Thank you.

IntelliJ IDEA commit dialog on Ubuntu 20.04

  • This looks like a modal dialog, I don't think it's supposed to be maximizable.
    – pomsky
    May 8 '20 at 7:36
  • That's fair, but since it's resizable... and since I can resize to look as much as maximizable... it feels like it could be maximized -- or at least that such could be mimicked. May 8 '20 at 8:53

It is extremely annoying. We have large monitors and we cannot maximize the 'modal' window. And Jetbrains by the way does encourage to make usage of the keyboard and shortcuts. I have something for you. On Ubuntu you can increase the size of a Window using ALT+F8. Then use SHIFT and the arrow keys. The window is maximized into the direction of the key. SHIFT+LEFT, SHIFT+RIGHT, SHIFT+DOWN and finally SHIFT+UP. Seems Intellij records the size of the modal. Example. You commit your changes, (CONTROL+K), resize the modal window as explained above, you do ESC and then try to commit a second time (CONTROL+K) and the size of the window is restored.

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