With Compiz in Unity, I could press Ctrl+Alt+6 to place a window on the right-half of the screen, Ctrl+Alt+4 to place it on the left half, Ctrl+Alt+7 to place it in the top left quarter of the screen, and so on.

Is there something similar in Xfce on Xubuntu?


3 Answers 3


i prefer using Alt+d to move the window into the left half of the screen and Shift+Alt+d the right half.

  • store this script as /usr/local/sbin/window-left and /usr/local/sbin/window-right
  • in your Settings Manager you can add a new entry in xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts: /commands/custom/<Alt>d, String and /usr/local/sbin/window-left
  • in your Settings Manager you can add a new entry in xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts: /commands/custom/<Shift><Alt>d, String and /usr/local/sbin/window-right

new entry for shortcut to move window into left half of the screen

(You can choose the best shortcut Keys, that fit for you using <Alt>, <Shift>, <Control> and <Super>)

  • If your shortcuts isn't working, remember to make them executable. chmod +x /usr/local/sbin/window-left chmod +x /usr/local/sbin/window-right Feb 25, 2015 at 18:45
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    This answer is out of date with newer XFCE versions (see this question/answer for how to do it natively: askubuntu.com/questions/210231/…)
    – mboratko
    Jan 1, 2016 at 22:19

These actions already exist for the Window Manager of XFCE/Xubuntu, it's a matter of binding them to proper keys!

You can do this through the GUI. Just go to Settings, Window Manager, and click the Shortcuts tab. The actions you are looking for are named Tile window to the left, Tile window to the top-right, etc.

  • Even if late vote but this is the correct answer (at least in my xubuntu environment 16.04)
    – Pierre
    Jan 19, 2017 at 14:37
  • This is definitely the correct answer as of 16.06
    – MrJman006
    Sep 19, 2017 at 15:27

I had the same problem after switching away from Compiz, as I have not found a real solution and I did not want to use single scripts, I forked a project, which nearly had the features which I needed.

You can find it under: https://github.com/gillesB/azulejo

It is not perfect yet, multiple screen support is missing, but I use it everyday. It should also be usable in other desktop environments as it is based on EWMH (1). For example I used it for a while with Mate and I tested it shortly with Cinnamon.

1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EWMH

  • File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gi/__init__.py", line 76, in require_version raise ValueError('Namespace %s not available' % namespace)
    – lefterav
    Jun 3, 2014 at 22:30
  • I created an issue for that problem on GitHub. I will look after it in the near future. (github.com/gillesB/azulejo/issues/9)
    – gillesB
    Jun 4, 2014 at 6:49
  • The problem occurs if the dependencies are not installed. You can find the needed packages here: github.com/gillesB/azulejo
    – gillesB
    Jun 4, 2014 at 20:02

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