Anyone know how to make it easier to grab the side or corner of the window to resize it? Seems like there is literally 1 pixel of space to grab.

  • Btw, I know this is a well-known bug. Just wondering if anyone has a workaround for now. Editing the theme perhaps?
    – slugmandrew
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 21:32
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    This question seems like it might be better on SU or Ubuntu.SE
    – Daenyth
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 21:36
  • 2016 and this sh!t is still not fixed. They keep providing workarounds but not a solution. Is that that difficult to fix??? What if I do not have a middle mouse button? what if I'm using touchpad and do not have the fingers of a piano player? what if I'm holding my child/coffee mug/use your imagination with the other hand? What if I've finally got the abilities of a piano player and have put my <use your imagination> away, and I want to resize the freakin' firebug? Guess what, None of the workaround works for that! Try it!
    – Ejaz
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 20:26
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    @GuilhermeTaffarelBergamin wow, I was pretty worked up by the bug then.... haha.
    – Ejaz
    Commented Nov 2, 2022 at 16:12
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    BTW I use tiling window manager now (i3) and mostly use keyboard shortcuts for resizing the floating windows or by using mouse as Dave's answer details.
    – Ejaz
    Commented Nov 2, 2022 at 16:15

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In Linux, you can usually hold Alt and drag the right mouse button near one of the borders to resize a window, and hold Alt and the drag the left mouse button anywhere in the window to move it. I can't say for certain that this works on Ubuntu though!

Edit: This is based on my experience with fluxbox/openbox. There should be similar shortcuts for other window managers. According to this link, this should work with KDE. This link suggests it would be Alt-F8 for GNOME.

  • Dunno about gnome, but this is not true of KDE. It might be good to state what assumptions you're making (with regard to DE/WM)
    – Daenyth
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 21:36
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    When i used KDE it was Alt-Right click, on gnome now it is Alt-Middle Click. At least for me.
    – LatinSuD
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 21:37
  • Doesn't seem to... you can move the window like you say but no resizing. Hmm... just found a post that talks about it being a problem since ubuntu 6 so maybe there is no hope :S hehe.
    – slugmandrew
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 21:40
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    AHH!!! YES! ALT+Middle click works a treat! I knew there would be some kind of command! Thanks a lot! LatinSuD :D
    – slugmandrew
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 21:41
  • You could also switch to a saner theme; the new theme trends are not exactly friendly, even if they look smart.
    – Clearer
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 10:22

Hold Alt and press Middle click (mousewheel) near the edge of the window and drag to resize it.



  1. Super button usually has a Windows key on it
  2. this is for GNOME

Ubuntu 20.04 and 20.10

Move window: Super + hold down left mouse button

Resize window: Super + hold down middle mouse button

Ubuntu 18.04

Same as Ubuntu 20.04.

Ubuntu 16.04

Move window: Alt + hold down left mouse button

Resize window: Alt + hold down middle mouse button

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    Works on Ubuntu 20.04 as well ! Thanks !
    – Sylvain
    Commented Nov 10, 2021 at 10:16
  • Why does this have to be so painful? It blows my mind that they have programmed a work around to it and not actually fixed the bug! Commented Nov 2, 2022 at 14:30

Resize a window by dragging the edges or corner of the window. Hold down Shift while resizing to snap the window to the edges of the screen and other windows. Move or resize a window using only the keyboard. Press Alt + F7 to move a window or Alt + F8 to resize.

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