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.?

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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.

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    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
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    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)

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    For the German users: the translation is not literal. Look for Fenster am {linken|rechten} Bildschirmrand anordnen Dec 14, 2017 at 14:20
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    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

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