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Using Skype 2.2 on Linux, the video which is reproduced seems to be limited to 320x240; the default options to resize the window are disabled.

Is there a way to force a resize of this window? Just integer scale would be acceptable (eg. 2x only)...

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In Skype, hit f and it goes full-screen. I don't know of a middle-ground though. – ams Apr 13 '12 at 8:43
Very interesting - didn't know that; thanks @ams, I will give that a try and report back! (although now that I think of it, full screen is not really what I need, just a slightly enlarged window) Cheers! – sdaau Apr 13 '12 at 10:46
Bump - just to confirm, f does indeed go full-screen, but I'd like to have just a scaled window instead... Thanks, @ams - cheers! – sdaau Apr 13 '12 at 12:18

Try to resize the Window with alt+middle mousebutton. Or try wmctrl to force a resize:

wmctrl -r "Windowname" -e g,x,y,w,h

Change Windowname into the one you want to be resized.

  • g -> gravity, just set it to 0 you're good to go
  • x -> x position on your desktop, 0 is left
  • y -> y position on your desktop, 0 is top
  • w -> new width for the window in pixel
  • h -> new height for the window in pixel


 wmctrl -r "Firefox" -e 0,0,400,800,600

Changes a Window containing "Firefox" in it's Windowtitle to 800 x 600 and moves it to 0x400 on the desktop.

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i tried this with the gedit About window, which isn't resizeable too, and it didn't worked maybe it's not possible to do this without a resource hacker. – Pierre Geier Apr 13 '12 at 8:27
Thanks for this tip, @PierreGeier - will give this a try and report back - cheers! – sdaau Apr 13 '12 at 10:48
Ok, as first - the alt+middle button doesn't work on the Skype video window; if you actually right-click that window's top bar, it is visible that the "Resize (Alt+F8)" option is disabled/greyed out - probably that's why.. So that trick will not work here (but thanks for the tip anyways)... – sdaau Apr 13 '12 at 12:21
Ok, checked with wmctrl - that doesn't work either; first problem is that the name of the video call window isn't constant, as it contains the duration of the call (e.g. "04:12 | call with userX") - so I used wmctrl -l to obtain ID's; and then wmctrl -r -i 0x000... -e - but nothing seems to happen.. Thanks anyways, @PierreGeier - cheers! – sdaau Apr 13 '12 at 12:44
You're welcome, btw wmctrl doesn't need the full Windowtitle wctrl -r "call with somedude" ... would work too if the window would be resizable. – Pierre Geier Apr 13 '12 at 14:13

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