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Alt + Drag to move windows does not work in Fedora 18

asked 2013-02-07 08:38:04 -0500

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updated 2014-09-30 06:37:36 -0500

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In versions of Fedora before Fedora 18, it was possible to hold down the Alt key, click and drag anywhere on a window to move the window. Also, it was possible to hold down Alt, middle click and drag to resize a window.

As of Fedora 18, this feature is no longer working. Is there any way to re-enable this behaviour?

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answered 2013-02-07 08:44:15 -0500

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In Fedora 18 (GNOME 3.6), the modifier for these actions has changed from the Alt key to the Super key. The Super key is also known as the meta key, or the Command key on an Apple keyboard or the Windows key on a Windows keyboard.

The reason for this change is that some applications rely on the Alt + Click behaviour to do certain behaviours in the applications themselves (Inkscape is a good example of this).

However, it is possible to change the modifier for this action back from using the Super Key to the Alt key by:

  1. Open the GNOME Tweak Tool. It is not installed by default, so you may need to install it first using sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool

  2. Choose the Windows category from the list on the left hand side.

  3. Change the option for Modifier to use for modified window click actions from Super to Alt.

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