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I'm frustrated that this was removed/altered in gnome-shell3. There are certain key bindings for resizing and moving windows like alt+right click etc, that I'd like back. I've tried to use the system settings but to no avail. Has anyone else worked with this and got it to work?

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In more recent gnome versions (e.g., gnome-shell), you need to use this instead:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences resize-with-right-button true

Gnome defaults to using the Super ("Windows") key for window actions, so the above alone will enable moving (super-leftdrag) and resizing (super-rightdrag). To use the Alt key instead of the Super key do:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier '<Alt>'

(note that using the Alt key for window operations will interfere with some apps, like Inkscape, that use alt-click and alt-drag for app related actions)

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Thanks. This worked for me. –  Dave May 3 '12 at 13:19
You could also change this same setting with a GUI, via dconf-editor. –  Victor Jan 27 '14 at 18:35
If you want to use alt+right click, you might also have to change mouse-button-modifier to <Alt>. –  Kevin VW Jul 25 '14 at 15:12

You can use gconf-editor for this. Enable this setting:

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Unfortunately that doesn't work in later versions of GNOME. The gconf settings are simply not used, it seems. –  Victor Jan 27 '14 at 18:35

In Cinnamon (rather than Gnome3) the corresponding setting is:

gsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.wm.preferences resize-with-right-button true

Or find the corresponding path in dconf-editor.

Also see mouse-button-modifier under the same path if you'd rather use the Super key instead of the Alt key for move/resize behaviour (useful for conflicts with other apps such as blender).

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Your command worked flawlessly, thanks - but I didn't find anything like that path in gconf-editor. Where do those "org.cinnamon.."-like paths reside? (I am running on Linux Mint right now). –  stolsvik Jun 29 '14 at 21:59
dconf, not gconf. –  RobinJ Jun 16 at 8:55

Additionally to using gsettings and instead of using the deprecated gconf-editor, you can install the newer dconf-editor and find and change relevant keys there. Searching "resize with" will find its key regardless of used WM.

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