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When I click on a GNOME window's title bar and drag it to the top of the screen and let go, GNOME expands the window to be full-screen. I don't like this---I just want the window at the top of my screen. Is there any way to stop this annoying behavior?

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You can turn off edge tiling using:

gsettings set edge-tiling false
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That's easy. Thanks. – vy32 May 24 '13 at 19:41

I stopped inflicting Gnome on myself a long time ago, so I haven't tried it myself, but I did find this, whose relevant parts are:

  • You need dconf-editor. Install it per your distribution's recommendations. I'm running Fedora 17 at the moment and this is the command line incantation I used: sudo yum install dconf-editor.
  • Launch dconf-editor. On the left you will see a simple menu with five entries. Click on the plus sign to the left of org. New menu entires will drop down beneath it. Click on the plus sign to the left of gnome. Scroll down, then click on the plus sign to the left of mutter.
  • Click on mutter next to the plus sign to highlight it. Several entries will appear in the large window to the right. If the edge-tiling entry is checked, click it to uncheck it. If it is already unchecked, leave it unchecked.
  • Scroll down the left panel and click on the plus sign to the left of shell.
  • Go to the overrides entry below shell and click on it.
  • Again, you are looking for the edge-tiling entry in the right window. Make sure it is not checked.
  • Close dconf-editor.

Note: This turns off all edge-tiling. The Gnome Shell effect that snaps a window to the left or right side of the screen and opens it to one-half screenwidth will not work after disabling edge-tiling. If you decide to get it back, return to dconf-editor and re-enable it.

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Thanks. That's a lot. What do you use instead of GNOME? – vy32 May 24 '13 at 16:44
Windows, mostly. :) But on my Linux workstation, I greatly prefer KDE; while it has its points of suckage, on average I find it much less obstreperous than Gnome ever was, and more flexible and easily configurable besides. (For example, I don't have root on this box, and while I can change the monitor position and orientation via nvidia-settings at will, I can't modify the default X config to set them there, so must apply the change on each login. I couldn't find a way to make Gnome notice those changes once applied; with KDE I just kill -HUP kicker, kdesktop, and kwin, and I'm good to go.) – Aaron Miller May 24 '13 at 18:31

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