5 ways to resize windows in Xubuntu or Xfce

Exploring the site of Xubuntu I have met this article where they show us 5 ways to resize windows in Xfce. The issue comes up due to the fact that GreyBird, it has very thin edges and for some users, it can be cumbersome to try to drag them to enlarge or reduce the windows.

The five methods

Method 1: Use the corner grip

Using the corner grip (a few small triangles usually at the bottom of the window). Before the version 12.04, Ubuntu had patched Gtk2 to add these resize controls for all Applications. This would allow people to easily capture all the windows and resize them, even with the theme, with thin borders.

Image taken from Xubuntu.org

Unfortunately this patch has some regressions, for example when using this control in OpenOffice the File menu opens. From 12.04, the applications GTK2 you will have to use one of the resizing methods of other applications that do not have a built-in resize control. All the apps they use Gtk3, they will have a size control in Greybird (default Xubuntu theme).

Method 2: Alt + right mouse button + drag

This is perhaps the easiest and most useful way to resize windows. I'm tempted to say that once you get used to this, it's hard to go back. Just hold down the Alt key, click somewhere inside the window, and drag to resize. It works well and funnily enough it's a very nice addition to the easier way to move windows.

Method 3: Keyboard shortcut

Xfwm4, the window manager of Xfce, has support for a number of keyboard shortcuts (which can be edited by going to Configuration Manager »Window Manager» Keyboard). One of them is to resize windows with the keyboard. Currently there is no keyboard shortcut configured by default, but a dialog can be set in the window manager.

Image taken from Xubuntu.org

You can resize the window either by moving the mouse (no need to click or drag), or use the arrow keys on the keyboard.

Method 4: Using the top corners of a window

While grip size control has been removed from Gtk2 en Ubuntu, and it is not present in all applications, you can always resize windows by using the two upper corners with the mouse. In most xfwm4 themes the area of ​​the top corners is large enough to easily grab and drag with the mouse.

Image taken from Xubuntu.org

Method 5: Using the menu window

You can also initiate the same action as proposed in method 3 through the menu window. Access to the menu window works by clicking the button menu in the window, title bar (if your Xfwm4 theme has), or just click on the title bar. There is also a keyboard shortcut for accessing the menu window, but if you just want to resize the window, it's easier to use the shortcut for that (again, see the Method 3).

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  1.   proper said

    Method 2 I did not know, it's great !!!!

  2.   auroszx said

    The second method is the best! I didn't know him and now I'm in love.

  3.   rodolfo alejandro said

    xfce never ceases to amaze me, simple but effective.

  4.   Arthur said

    The second method is absolutely beautiful, everyone should know about it.

  5.   Oscar said

    Resizing works for me, but by default the window always comes out very small and I always have to resize it, is there any way to modify the size parameters that it opens by default?
    Thanks for the help