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Tip for Gnome Shell

English

Meta-key (Windows or Apple logo key) on Gnome Shell is very useful for this trick: 

  • Point the cursor on an application (for example, a browser) 
  • Hold the Meta-key and press either left or right arrow key set the application windows to either left or right of the half-screen 
  • Wile still holding the Meta-key, press up to maximize the window of application.

Français

La touche Meta (logo Windows ou Apple selon les claviers) est très utile sur Gnome Shell avec cette astuce:

  • Pointer le curseur sur une application (par exemple, editeur de texte)
  • Enfoncer la touche Meta et appuyer soit la touche flèche gauche ou droite ce qui placera la fenêtre selon la direction choisi de la moiti&eacut; de l'&eacut;cran.
  • Toujours en tenant la touche enfoncé, appuyer la flèche haute pour maximiser la fenêtre.

Comments

Unknown said…
Very nice one. Thanks for sharing.
Please let us know if you come across other tips like that.
I was wondering if on Gnome Shell I could come to a point where I can rely entirely on the keyboard.
Thanks.
Leif said…
Doesn't seem to work for me. What version of gnome?
The test was done on Gnome 3.4 but it should work on Gnome 3.0 as well. If not, go to User->System Settings->Keyboard->Shortcut. Select Windows and assign Meta key (left side) + Arrow Left (or Right) to "View split on Left (or Right)".
"Toogle Maximum" should be assigned to Meta+Up.
Madko said…
Luya I don't see such options, the meta key is however intercepted for the activities menu... I'm on Fedora 16 Gnome 3.2.1

Bref ça marche pas :(
@ Madko
L'option est seulement pour Gnome 3.4. Il est possible de l'activer sur Gnome 3.2.1 sous le categorie "Personaliser" ou "Custom Shortcut". J'ignore le raccourci pour la touche meta (consulte la propriété du clavier).

In English, that option is only valid for Gnome 3.4. It is possible to enable that shortcut via "Custom Shortcut" by knowing the meta key input.

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