Unity 3D just shows orange square when resizing window. And since I'm not native english speaker, here is a screenshot showing what I'm trying to explain: Unity 3D resizing

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I can't really answer your question in terms of why there's a difference, but I can tell you how to change the Unity 3D settings to give you your "real time" redraws.

  • Install CompizConfig Settings Manager.
  • Locate and enter the 'Resize Window' plugin settings in the 'Window Management' section.
  • Click on the 'General' Tab.
  • Choose between the available 'Normal', 'Outline', Rectangle' and 'Stretch' options.

The 'Normal' setting is the one you want, giving you real time updates of the window during resize. On my machine though this is painfully slow.

The Rectangle and Outline are very similar and draw a box representing the resized window.

Personally I like the 'Stretch' option, which gives you a faked-update of the window contents by simply stretching them.

Hope that helps.

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    Thank you very much! That was exactly what I was looking for! I'll test how does it work on my computer. At least in Unity 2D it isn't slow at all. Thanks again. EDIT: I tried it and it really is SLOOOW. I can't understand. Maybe I should use Unity 2D, because Dash scrolling in it is also much smoother than in Unity 3D.
    – 3rp3
    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:22

Are you meaning that Unity 3D does not reupdate the windows when you resize it, instead showing orange box as outline?

The answer is to save computer resource, since if you let otherwise it would be extremely slow, as windows need to be redrawed each time you resize it, and updating them in real time will make the program to redraw over and over again, resulting in extreme (not excessive) resource consumption.


Resizing windows while redrawing the whole content used to be smooth in Ubuntu. It stopped with Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity 3D on my computer which may be almost 5 years old but still no slouch. I believe it coincides with introduction of v0.9 of Compiz. Since then the "Normal" option for the "Resize Window" CCSM plugin is unusable. It is still broken in 12.04. Tonight I installed Xubuntu 12.04 in a VM and was astonished to see that windows are redrawn smoothly when resized! And we're talking virtual machine here (with 3D accel enabled).

Clearly, there is a serious problem with Compiz in that regard.

Edit: After a search I found the bug on Launchpad. Apparently a fix has been commited for 0.9.8 but I don't know if it will appear in 12.04. The bug can be found here on launchpad.

@ Linux Distance, with modern PCs saving computer resource is ridiculous, plenty of cycles to spare - and your answer is beside the point. This was working well for years. How about a real, useful answer instead of an opinion.

  • " Tonight I installed Xubuntu 12.04 in a VM and was astonished to see that windows are redrawn smoothly when resized!" because Xubuntu uses XFCE which uses XFWM and not Compiz.. Aug 12, 2012 at 4:06
  • I know that Xfce does not use Compiz. I was just attempting to stress my point: if even a low resource consuming WM can do it, it's not normal that Compiz can't - and another proof the "save computer resource" argument is flawed.
    – Norm C.
    Aug 19, 2012 at 5:10

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