I installed an Ubuntu version about 6 months ago, and in the appearance settings, I could check a box that made the windows "wavy" when you move them. Like, whenever you moved a window side to side, it made them look like gravity was affecting it. I forgot what the term was for this, but I can't seem to find a place to do this in the latest version of Ubuntu.


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There are multiple ways to set wobbly windows up.

Traditional method

The traditional way to do this is by using the CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm). Install it by searching for it in the Ubuntu Software Center or by entering in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

You can then open it by searching for it in the Unity dash or by running ccsm in either the Alt+F2 prompt or a terminal.

Once in CompizConfig Settings Manager, look for the Wobbly Windows plugin under Effects:

CCSM with Wobbly Windows plugin highlighted

All you should need to do is click the checkbox next to it to turn the plugin on, and windows should start jiggling around. You may have to restart compiz with a compiz --replace in the terminal or Alt+F2 if it doesn't take effect right away.

Within the plugin itself you should also be able to tweak some related settings to configure it just the way you want it.


CompizConfig Settings Manager is known to break Unity if you mess around with certain settings or options in it, even ones that seem innocent enough. You are taking a risk by following these instructions or any other answers that recommend the use of CCSM.

Alternative method

If you want to enable wobbly windows but don't want to take the risks involved with using ccsm, you can also set this option using Ubuntu Tweak, under Tweaks > Compiz Settings > Desktop Effects:

Location of wobbly windows setting in Ubuntu Tweak

See How do I install Ubuntu-Tweak? for installation instructions.

  • Hey, this question is a dupe of this, please move your question there if you think it has information that is not contained on the answers. Jan 30, 2012 at 15:34
  • @BrunoPereira Instructions for how to do this using ccsm are already present on the other question in another answer. At any rate, I saw this question before seeing the other...you're right though, chronologically this one is a dupe of the other. Jan 30, 2012 at 16:00
  • Sorry man, thats the way it goes. Gave you another +1, keep on the good work and those flags coming! Jan 30, 2012 at 16:07

If you do not see Wobbly plugin in the list of CompizConfig Settings Manager, please follow this:

  1. Click this to install Synaptic Package Manager Install synapticfrom Ubuntu Software Center.
  2. Invoke Synaptic Package Manager and search for compiz-plugins, right click on it and select "Mark for Installation", click on Apply.
  3. Invoke ccsm (CompizConfig Settings Manager) from Command Window or Unity Dash, and go to Preferences → Plugin List tab.
  4. Select Wobbly from the list on left side (Disabled Plugins) and click on > button to move it over to Enabled Plugins list.

You should now be able to see Wobbly under Effects of CCSM's main screen.

You can now click on the check-box and enable the effect.

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