Xubuntu and the small details of its window manager

Xubuntu 16.04

Last week, the team of Xubuntu presented some of the smaller details of its operating system to help users use the system more efficiently. Some of the features they talked about will be new for users upgrading from version 14.04 LTS to version 16.04 LTS. On the other hand, they also mentioned some features that have been in Xubuntu for a long time and others that are new to the official Ubuntu flavor with Xfce environment.

One of the points they talked about was the shortcuts to Xubuntu applications. In addition to the application shortcut keys, you can also create shortcuts to actions in the window manager and keyboard shortcuts for select and move a window faster. In this post We will show you how to do it.

Xubuntu window manager shortcuts

The shortcuts of window manager They allow us to perform all kinds of actions for the windows, such as cycles, resize them and show the desktop. Some of the most useful are the following:

  • Alt + Tab for cycles and modify windows (Alt + Shift + Tab to reverse the process)
  • Super + Tab to apply a cycle of windows in the same application.
  • Alt + F5 to maximize windows horizontally.
  • Alt + F6 to maximize windows vertically.
  • Alt + F7 to maximize windows (both vertically and horizontally)
  • Alt + space for the window operation menu.

Pick and move key

Xface uses a special key to grab and move windows. By default, this key is Alt. By pressing the key and dragging a window with the left mouse button, the window can be moved. By pressing the key and dragging the window from a corner with the right mouse button, the window can be resized. You can change the key to grab and move from the window manager settings and accessing the Accessibility tab.


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  1.   Noel Rodriguez said

    miguel angel rodriguez

  2.   Alonso Alvarez Juarez said

    Good contribution