Re-sizing Windows in XUbuntu

Asked by Maarten Jacobs on 2011-12-21

I've been running XUbuntu 11.10 for a while and noticed that re-sizing of windows is somewhat difficult.

The cursor only changes to allow resize (either horizontally, vertically, or both) in a very small area surrounding borders of the window. This makes it tricky to resize a window - especially when using a track pad.

Is there any way to set the sensitivity of the resize function to allow it to show the resize cursor for a wider area?

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Best mycae (mycae) said : #1

Try the ALT key and then drag middle mouse. This can be done from anywhere inside the window. Alt+Left drags the window around. Im not on an XFCE machine atm though.

Maarten Jacobs (maarten256) said : #2

Thanks mycae, that solved my question.

Maarten Jacobs (maarten256) said : #3

Hey, thanks - great tip, and great response time.

Actually Alt+Right allows me to resize the window (in the direction the mouse is moved). Alt+Middle button doesn't do anything. Alt+Left does indeed allow me to drag the window.

Thanks!!

Johny (juanbertinetti) said : #4

"Actually Alt+Right allows me to resize the window (in the direction the mouse is moved). Alt+Middle button doesn't do anything. Alt+Left does indeed allow me to drag the window."

Very useful, I didn't know it.
Another way is to press Alt+F8 and the direction keys of the keyboard.

Dr D J Clark (djc-online) said : #5

It is a solution. But not an ideal one. Why should I need to use two hands and move my hand to the keyboard to do what used to take a single mouse move.
I have moved to Xubuntu to escape the worst of the 11.10/Gnome3 problems, it seems that will not be enough.