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?


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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? Jun 29, 2014 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, 2014 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. Jun 29, 2014 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, 2014 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. Aug 25, 2014 at 19:08

See shelltile.

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

Update: Due to recent versions of Gnome being unsupported, consider Tiling-Assistant. An alternative with similar interface.

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    Brilliant. The UX seems to be much more intuitive than gTile's. Thanks for pointing this one out. Apr 24, 2017 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, 2017 at 22:37
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    Agreed. This is much better. Works as extending the native tile functionality, so is certainly more intuitive. Mar 25, 2020 at 11:00
  • unfortunately, this extension is incompatible with current gnome versions
    – shs
    Oct 12, 2022 at 16:09
  • I have updated the answer with a suitable alternative for now, hopefully the author can get help in maintaining it. Nov 18, 2022 at 9:46

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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