I am very used to alt-drag for moving and resizing windows.

However, I can't get it to work in xubuntu 13.10. (I just recently installed it in a virtual box machine). If I change it to a different key (shift for example), shift-drag works as expected. When it is set up to use alt, and I press the alt key, it activates the menu shortcuts, but doesn't drag or resize windows if I click.


Yes, that sounds like exactly the setting I need to change. However, when I pull up the keyboard settings, that tab isn't there. I'm using xubuntu 13.10.

screenshot of keyboard settings

So where else might that setting live?


Found the problem:

I am running inside a virtual box, and had Alt-dragging turned on in the host system. Even though Alt-drag didn't drag the whole VB window, it disabled it in the guest OS. If I turned it off in the host, it works as expected in the guest.


Open the System Settings application, then go to Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Launchers. You can disable the "Key to show the HUD" which seems to prevent you to use the alt-drag:

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  • And how do you activate Alt click for moving/resizing? Disabling the HUD key did not activate it, presumably it has to be activated somewhere else. – terdon Mar 13 '14 at 23:19
  • @terdon To activate the Alt click: Settings -> Windows Maganer Tweaks -> Accessibility. – David Oneill Mar 14 '14 at 16:05
  • @DavidOneill thanks but I don't have that on my 13.10. No Window Manager Tweaks and no Accessibility either. Do I need to install something? – terdon Mar 14 '14 at 16:11
  • @terdon are you using xubuntu 13.10? Not straight ubuntu. – David Oneill Mar 14 '14 at 16:18
  • apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/saucy/xfce4-settings is what you're looking for I think – Sylvain Pineau Mar 14 '14 at 16:19

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