Is it possible in KDE to set up keyboard shortcuts similar to what Unity uses for window placement - i.e. Alt - Ctrl - Numpad 6 to make a window occupy the left half of the screen etc.?

3 Answers 3


More precisely:

  1. System Settings -> Shortcuts and Gestures -> Global Keyboard Shortcuts
  2. KDE component: KWin ▼
  3. Quick Tile Window to the Left etc.

There is also somewhat interesting Enable/Disable Tiling, which defaults to Alt+Shift+F11. Unfortunately I could not figure out how to move tile a window so that it consumes top or bottom of the screen, but other hotkeys can be used to achieve that.

  • 2
    It's worth noting that native tiling support in KWin was removed in KDE 4.10. The functionality can now be attained via a KWin script: kde-look.org/content/show.php/Tiling?content=161151 Aug 12, 2016 at 7:13
  • 2
    For possible future reference, these tiling shortcuts are in version 5.8.7. I'm not positive, but I think it's built-in and not from a script.
    – Chris
    Jul 20, 2017 at 15:06

The KDE global keyboard shortcuts: System Settings > Shortcuts and Gestures > Global Keyboard Shortcuts. Pick the KWIN as the KDE component. You could set the keyboard shortcuts to the window position/tiling etc...


I was looking for a way to mimic the Microsoft Windows 7 window placement via keyboard including the windows (start) key.

Similar to the other answers I went:

  1. Component:
    System Settings
    -> Shortcuts
    --> Global Shortcuts
    ---> System Settings Module (KDE Plasma Version: 5.9.5)
    ---> KWin (KDE Plasma Version: 5.9.12)
  2. Action: Quick Tile Window to the {Left|Right} etc.
  3. Used key-combinations: Meta+Left, Meta+Right

here: the meta key is the name for the MS Windows start key.

(KDE Plasma Version: 5.9.5)

(KDE Plasma Version: 5.9.12)

  • 3
    For the German users: the translation is not literal. Look for Fenster am {linken|rechten} Bildschirmrand anordnen Dec 14, 2017 at 14:20
  • 1
    On Kubuntu 18.04 with KDE Plasma 5.12, the Quick Tile shortcuts are under "KWin" instead of "System Settings Module". Aug 18, 2018 at 16:57

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.