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, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 12:18

2 Answers 2


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. Apr 13, 2012 at 8:27
  • Thanks for this tip, @PierreGeier - will give this a try and report back - cheers!
    – sdaau
    Apr 13, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 12:44
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    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. Apr 13, 2012 at 14:13

I've run into this problem with the new skype for Linux 3.18, I found that the resize option was greyed out when you try to use it. Through some basic fiddling with the options on the interface, you can reset the window by going to "View" and clicking "actual size", check to see if the resize option is now available, if not, close the program down, and relaunch. The resize option should now be available again. It seems that there is a minimal desktop area which skype will allow, so when you resize notice how items in the interface change, so adjust according to your tastes, but do not try to exceed the minimum area set, otherwise you're back to square one.

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