I'm not sure of the best way to ask this question because I don't know the correct terminology for what I'm asking about.

When I drag a window to the edge of my screen it automatically resizes to occupy half the width of the monitor. Same with the function key + left/right arrow. They both make the window resize to a 50/50 split for each side.

Now, I have a 26" monitor and I find the best setup when coding is a text editor taking up 75% of the width with a terminal taking up the other 25%.

Is it possible to somehow make it so when I drag against the right side, the window resizes to the right 25% of the monitor, and against the left side the window resizes to 75%?

Surely the 50/50 ratio must be stored somewhere? Can I just edit that to be 25/75? Or an arbitrary ratio?


You can do a 25/75 quite easily by activating the "Cycle Through Multiple Sizes" option of the Grid Compiz plugin in CCSM (CompizConfig Settings Manager):

  1. Install CCSM, open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+t and type:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  2. Open CCSM and type Grid in the Filter field:

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  3. The plugin to configure is the Grid plugin. Open it and select the Resize Actions tab:

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  4. Enable the "Cycle Through Multiple Sizes" checkbox and close CCSM.

Now if you press Ctrl+Alt+6 (but 6 in the numeric keypad) two times, the window will be on the right side, 25%. 4 times to get a 75%.

Tested OK on Ubuntu 13.10.

  • Perfect, thanks. I knew there would be something to do this, just couldn't figure out the right Google terms to find it. – user258458 Apr 1 '14 at 12:15

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