I use graphics software like GIMP, Inkscape & Blender extensively for my business. But most of them require the use of the Alt key in some way or the other. Come Ubuntu 11.10, I haven't been able to find any way to change the shortcut for window moving/resizing from Alt+LMB/MMB to Super/Meta+LLM/MMB. This option was present in the 'Windows' settings in Gnome2, but it is not present anywhere in Gnome3. And yes, I have tried searching through the Shortcuts tab in Keyboard settings, its not there.

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  1. Install compizconfig-settings-managerInstall compizconfig-settings-manager.

  2. Open CompizConfig Settings Manager and navigate to the Resize Window plugin.

  3. Click the <Super>Button2 button and rebind the shortcut.

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    It didn't work instantaneously after changing the settings for the Move pulgin and the Resize plugin, it took a logout->login to work. But yea, this was it! Thanks! Commented Oct 15, 2011 at 11:08
  • Thanks, this was just what I needed too. The comments about logging out and logging back in to get it to work also was important.
    – Dave
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 14:54
  • in Kubuntu 20.4 is this implemented without extra software. But i forget where
    – SL5net
    Commented Mar 3, 2021 at 13:05

Well, at least for Blender, you don't really need to go all this trouble.

Go to File > User Preferences > Input
In the search field type edge

To cut this short story shorter the shortcuts on Blender are

  • Ctrl+Alt+Select Mouse and
  • Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Select Mouse respectively.

In Ubuntu 13.10 this worked for me:

  1. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type sudo apt-get install dconf-editor. Enter your password when prompted and after the installation is finished type dconf-editor to open the Configuration Editor.
  2. Now either hit Ctrl+F and use the hereby summoned field to search for mouse-button-modifier or navigate to org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences and find the same.
  3. Change its value from <Alt> to something else (<Super> will probably work best) and enjoy your improved workflow!

NB: Leaving the field empty will get you stuck in drag-mode, unable to click the "Set to Default" button. You can bring the focus to this button by pressing Tab until a fine orange rim shows up around it. Then press Space and repeat step 3.


Start Kubuntu v20.04 > Window Behavior > Window Actions


Install compizconfig-settings-manager from Software Center. When you have installed (and opened) it, search there for "Unity plug-in" or something similar and click it. Select Switcher and there you can select the buttons which will open the Switcher.

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