I am not able to change the size of my nautilus window. It is now small.enter image description here

What should I do to restore it to normal size?


Click in the window to make it active, then hold ALT and hit space - a small menu will appear at the top left corner of the window. You will see:

Maximize / Unmaximize
Always on top

"Unmaximize" is present if you have the window "maximized". "Move" makes the arrow keys usable for moving the window (press ESC to exit this mode), same for "Resize".

Press ENTER when you're done with your adjustments.


Use Alt and Middle Click and drag to change its size.

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  • note that your pointer should be at the edge of the window, i.e. it doesn't work in the middle of the window – Jakke Jun 26 '14 at 17:25
  • Yes, and if it is close to one corner etc, that is what it drags from. – Tim Jun 26 '14 at 17:48
  • and they say the linux on the desktop will be usable any day now. The mere existence of this question suggests otherwise. – Gary Apr 10 '18 at 17:59
  • @Gary haha, I know what you mean. The newest version of Ubuntu is a little easier, it’s got much larger window borders. I should probably update this answer in fact! – Tim Apr 10 '18 at 18:13
  • your answer is still quite valid for ubuntu 16.04 though – Gary Apr 11 '18 at 20:24

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