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.
Open CompizConfig Settings Manager and navigate to the Resize Window plugin.
Click the <Super>Button2 button and rebind the shortcut.
In Ubuntu 13.10 this worked for me:
- 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-editorto open the Configuration Editor.
- Now either hit Ctrl+F and use the hereby summoned field to search for
mouse-button-modifieror navigate to
org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferencesand find the same.
- 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.