Been looking around and can't see to find any information on how to enable alt+right click for window resize?


My mistake

Running Unity 12.04, I am logged in under failsafe graphics mode as i can't get my 590GX Nvidida card to boot up without being in safe, but thats another problem.

Currently, my alt+click works and i can drag windows around.

But i can't currently, alt+right-click to resize.

  • It should work out of the box, without modifications. Please provide more information: what desktop environment are you on (Unity/KDE/GNOME/XFCE/LXDE/...)? Did you update your installation? Did you try to create a new user, log in as the new user and see if that works? – gertvdijk Dec 20 '12 at 23:02
  • edited, should make more sense. – Jamie Hutber Dec 20 '12 at 23:19
  • Did you check the compiz resize settings(plugin)? – Weylin Schreck Dec 21 '12 at 0:35

Install compizconfig-settings-manager

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

and run ccsm from the Dash or from a Terminal window.


Click Window Management and Resize Window.

For 🐭 | Initiate Window Resize assign <Alt>Button3.

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  • This also works for 14.04. – brejoc Jun 3 '14 at 19:42
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    In Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity 7.4.0), you have to first go to General Options -> Key bindings and disable Window Menu (which has the same <Alt>Button3 bindings), or change its binding. Anyway, this question is a dupe of askubuntu.com/questions/55532/… – Dan Dascalescu Jun 8 '16 at 16:34
  • Related to @DanDascalescu 's comment, the CompizCongif Settings manager now disables the other binding on its own. – Czechnology Oct 26 '17 at 12:50

The answer from here describes a method that works in both 12.04 (and possibly older versions) as well as 12.10/13.04 with the new gsettings

Put this in a script and run it:

gconftool-2 -s -t bool /apps/metacity/general/resize_with_right_button true
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences resize-with-right-button true

The gconftool-2 line is for GConf based systems, and gsettings is its newer replacement.

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Here is the solution I found:

Use gconf-editor and set /apps/metacity/general: resize_with_right_button = true

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