# Want to turn off auto-maximizing of windows in 14.04

I am running Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS, Gnome Classic and I want to turn off the auto-maximizing of windows that occurs when I drag a window to the top of the screen. I admit to being confused about the functionality and meaning of compiz, metacity, gconf-editor, etc., but I have tried to follow the instructions that worked for other people with this same problem, and none of them has worked.

I tried using Compiz Configuration Settings Manager (CCSM) to change the Top Edge behaviour from "maximize" to "None" as described in Turning off auto-maximizing of windows in 14.04. I also used gconf-editor to set top_edge_action to 0, as described in How to turn off Compiz's "drag to maximize" behaviour? . I also used CCSM to uncheck "Maximize Vertically if Screen edge hit" as described in How to disable the auto resizing of Windows when you touch the top or bottom. I set the Grid Snapback Threshold to 0 for the top edge in CCSM and top_edge_threshold to 0 in gconf-editor (this was my idea; I don't know if it makes sense or not). Finally I used CCSM to disable the "Grid" feature entirely. At each step there was no change in behaviour and now I find myself stuck with this annoying feature. What else can I try?

• Personally, I consider this a feature. – Elder Geek Feb 18 '15 at 18:31

I use 16.04 Gnome Classic, metacity.

Managed to disable the irritating 'auto resize' problem:

1. Open 'dconf Editor' ;

2. Search for edge-tiling

3. Uncheck the corresponding box.

I think the hotcorners tool in Unity Tweak Tool may work for you:

Disclaimer: I have never used this app, so I am not entirely sure what its features are.

• That looks like exactly what I want, but unfortunately, that's for Unity; I'm using the Gnome Classic desktop. – kpb Feb 19 '15 at 20:47

I am running a similar config, with Gnome Classic, and hit the same problem.

Guesswork led to this gconf-editor solution. Change

/apps/compiz-1/plugins/snap/screen0/options/avoid_snap [0]


to

/apps/compiz-1/plugins/snap/screen0/options/avoid_snap [1]

• Don, I wanted to comment on your answer, but I lost my Stack Exchange password and had to reset my account. As a result, I do not have the permissions required to add a comment. So here is my response: I tried your solution, but it did not work for me. Thanks anyways. – kpb Jun 24 '15 at 18:33

Use the keyboard shortcuts for window positioning instead of the mouse.