I fresh installed ubuntu 20.04 today and found the alt+mouse drag for move and ctrl+mouse drag for resize doesn't work. How can I turn the function on? (I don't know why ubuntu people didn't set it as default).
ADD : I found under setting-keyboard short - windows, the default window move is Alt+F7 and window resize is Alt+F8. I want to change it to Alt+mouse and Ctrl+mouse which is quicker. How can I change it? (I tried but didn't work)

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    do you know if it's an option included in the gnome-tweaks app? linuxconfig.org/…
    – Jad
    May 7, 2021 at 11:40
  • @jad hi, I've been using it in Xfce4 and unity window manager. Do you mean I can use it in unity by installing gnome-tweaks app?
    – Chan Kim
    May 7, 2021 at 14:45
  • Clarify which desktop environment you use. You refer to Unity, but then you refer to a default Ubuntu 20.04 install. Then you are probably not using Unity, but Gnome Shell.
    – vanadium
    May 7, 2021 at 15:49
  • @vanadium isn't the purple window gui the Unity? I fresh installed 20.04 and it began with that purple GUI. and I don't know what 'Focal Fossa linux' is in the link jed showed me. The GUI looks almost the same with on in the link though.
    – Chan Kim
    May 10, 2021 at 0:29
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    echo $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP in terminal will show what desktop environment you use
    – vanadium
    May 10, 2021 at 6:47

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Someone thought that changing the key to Super (akaWindows or ) was a good idea to resolve some other conflicts for the design crowd. Frustrating. To restore the Gnome 2 defaults of Alt:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier '<Alt>'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences resize-with-right-button true

If you want to use Ctrl then you can substitute <Ctrl> above, but I think you might be mistaken, chances of conflicting key combinations involving that are even higher.

The default to resize from anywhere was changed to Super + middle click drag. Of course the above restores that too.

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    Sometimes the solution pops up only a few months later. Thanks! Spot on! It is not possible to have Alt for move then Ctrl for resize - for both, the same windows action key is in effect.
    – vanadium
    Aug 29, 2022 at 10:39
  • Hi now I usually work with 'terminator' window. It's very convenient so I don't need to move or resize windows as ofter as before. But thans for the answer.
    – Chan Kim
    Aug 29, 2022 at 11:54
  • For those unaware (such as myself), the "Super key" is the Windows or ⌘ key. See What is the Super key? Jul 13, 2023 at 0:43
  • can also be set in dconf-editor for a GUI experience Aug 23, 2023 at 20:05

In KDE, in System Settings, it's under Window Management, Window Behavior, Window Actions, Inner Window, Modifier key. It's selected to Meta, and change that to Alt.

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