I love the window snap feature of the Gnome 3 shell. However, it only allows you to maximize windows or to snap to the left or right half of the screen. Is there a way to snap to quarters of the screen? Maybe some shell extension I'm unaware of?


There are several extensions on the GNOME extensions site which can give you various modes of "snapping" your windows. One that works particularly well is gTile.

   ss of gTile


  • Thanks, that's what I was searching for. But: how do I install it? When I go to the extensions page and flip the switch, the message pops up, I click install nothing happens. I'm running Gnome 3.12 so I also tried downloading it from the git repository, extracted the zip, and changed "3.10" to "3.12" in metadata.json, recompressed it and tried to install in using the Gnome Tweak tool which gives me an "Invalid Extension" notification. Any idea? – Jonas Jun 29 '14 at 8:23
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    @Jonas - what browser are you using? You can install these extensions via Firefox. Once installed you can get at the extensions a couple of ways, I generally run this from the shell: gnome-shell-extension-prefs. The pulldown should have your extensions listed. – slm Jun 29 '14 at 12:06
  • Now it's showing up. Problem is, when I active gTile, I can arrange the windows as one would expect, but I can't close gTile. Clicking on the x will just brings the gTile window up again in the same location. I could only resume work after disabling the extension. Pretty strange. Maybe it is indeed not compatible with gnome 3.12 yet. – Jonas Jun 29 '14 at 12:27
  • @Jonas - that's very much a possibility. The other 2-3 extensions that deal w/ tiling had comments on them to that effect as well. – slm Jun 29 '14 at 12:29
  • At the moment the extension is working fine with 3.12, the author even recommends 3.12 since 3.10 has some window placement bugs. – Gerhard Burger Aug 25 '14 at 19:08

See shelltile.

It's a neat little extension that allows the corner snapping, as well as other very useful features.

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    Brilliant. The UX seems to be much more intuitive than gTile's. Thanks for pointing this one out. – Jonas Apr 24 '17 at 7:30
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    This should be the accepted answer -- shelltile does exactly what the OP asked for. – Martin R. Nov 8 '17 at 22:37

I suggest the extension Put Window.

It has many customization options, ability to modify hot keys, etc.. Similar to all extensions it can be installed and activated at extensions.gnome.org

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