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

I'm running 12.04 inside VMWare Workstation.

Windows 7 provides a very useful feature: use Windows+Left or Windows+Right to align the current window on the left/right half of the screen (useful for terminal windows on wide-screen, etc).

Is there an equivalent available for Ubuntu?

So far I was able to emulate Windows+Up (maximize window), but can't find anything for left/right alignments.

Just to be clear: I am not talking about "Move to Workspace" or so, I'm talking about resizing the current window on the current screen/workspace to only take the left/right half of the screen.


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The same snap feature exists in Ubuntu 12.04, only in Ubuntu you use Ctrl+FLAG+///. This only works for Unity 3D though. In Unity 2D you'll still have UP and DOWN, but not LEFT and RIGHT.

With FLAG I mean the flag/Windows/system/super/... key.

  • thanks, sorry, never heard FLAG in that context and was confused. Seems it doesn't work for me, tried both Ubuntu and Ubuntu 2D. Maybe the cause is because I'm running inside VMWare?
    – mark
    May 5, 2012 at 22:41
  • @mark It'd be very likely that that is the problem. I think the Windows/Super/Flah/System/... key doesn't get sent to the virtual machine. You can set a different shortcut key with CompizConfig Settings Manager, which you can find in the Ubuntu Software Centre.
    – RobinJ
    May 5, 2012 at 22:42
  • thanks, I took a look. I'm pretty sure sending the Windows-Key inside VMWare works, because I can and have a shortcut Windows-Key+Up to maximize a window -> works. I guess even choosing "Ubuntu" on the login screen is really "Ubuntu 2D" inside VMWare, aka no real 3D acceleration ...
    – mark
    May 5, 2012 at 22:46
  • @mark Yeah, you're probably running Unity 2D then. Snapping windows to the left or right side of the screen only works in Unity 3D. No way I know of to get it working in Unity 2D.
    – RobinJ
    May 5, 2012 at 22:57

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