Windows AeroSnap or Compiz Grid effect in Xfce

Recently a user asked me through the mail if with Xfce we could have something similar to the effect Aerosnap de Windows, or the Compiz Grid, with which we adjust the windows in the middle of the screen by simply dragging it to the edge of the screen.

It turns out that in Archlinux AUR there is a patch for Xfwm that allows us to do exactly this (and it works from p% $ # mother) which we can install by opening a console and putting:

# yaourt -S xfwm4-tiling

In the end, when it finishes compiling everything, it will tell us that xwfm4-tiling conflicts with xfwm, but that does not interest us. We tell you that if you install and after closing the session and re-entering, we will have the following result:

The same if we drag to the right, as to the left and the fucking impressive (I feel the expletive, I'm excited), it also does it up and down 😀

Edit: If the effect does not have that name, neither in Windows nor Compiz let me know ... 😛

I love Xfce <3

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  1.   Maxi said

    As you say, I also hope that this by default in 4.10, I installed it because I was interested in that feature of windows and I looked for it until I found it for xfce, if you take the window up or down it does the same but horizontally, that too it's good. What it would lack (in my opinion) is that by dragging a window to a corner it is put in a 2 × 2 grid, because what can be seen so far is 2 × 1 or 1 × 2 (depending on whether it is horizontal or vertical), or do it with a hotkey.
    Anyway, it's very good and I recommend it for xfce users who use more than one window per desktop or have wide and / or large monitors haha.

  2.   Torah said

    And for gnome? grid that how to use it 😐

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Mmm no idea. I think you would have to use Compiz for that.

    2.    Manuel de la Fuente said

      You just have to install CompizConfig and in the "Window Manager" section, check the Grid box and assign the key combination you prefer.

      If the administrators allow it I leave this link to a blog article where they explain it step by step.

  3.   Mauricio said

    Great!!! Thank you very much Elav, now there is nothing missing from my Xfce.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      I'm still excited. I already wrote to the Xfce list to see if they include this functionality by default in Xfce 4.10 😀

  4.   Andrés said

    It seems that whoever keeps the package in AUR no longer has time to do it

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      A shame Although that doesn't really matter. Applying the patch should be simple 😀

  5.   antolieztsu said

    Excellent! damn I don't have Arch and it's not in LMDE = S ... it looks like I'll change when I can ...

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      If my prayers are heard by the Xfce developers and they include it for the next version, you just have to wait a bit to have it in LMDE 😀

      1.    Carlos-Xfce said

        I hope they listen to you.

    2.    ren said

      This very cool certainly a very useful feature, but damn change Arch for Opensuse and I'm not happy 🙁

      1.    elav <° Linux said

        Ha! And why is that?

        1.    ren said

          I don't know man, lately I got that desire to go trying everything that I'm even thinking of spending a while for chakra, it will not be downloaded and if not I will definitely return to Arch.

  6.   tarantonio said

    What theme do you use for the desktop?

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      A mix of Bluebird + Zukitwo that I made called ZukiBird 😀

      1.    tarantonio said

        Well, it wouldn't be bad if you shared it, because I haven't seen a better one for xfce. By the way, do you use the ubuntu source or do I think so?

        1.    elav <° Linux said

          Yep, I use the Ubuntu font .. Since the first version came out. 😀

          1.    Luis said

            Will you have a post about your topic? I also found it very cool!

            1.    elav said

              If you mean the XFCE topic, you can search over here.


  7.   Eddy Ernesto del Valle Pino said

    Hehe .. when I drag a window to one side of the screen, I usually do it to move it to the next desktop; will this still work for me when I apply the snap?

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      That very thing is being discussed on the Xfce list. A developer told me the same thing, that when using more than one monitor this can be a problem. I suggested that it be added as an option, that it be activated or deactivated as the user needs it. Someone else suggested that it could be done with a time in milliseconds, that is, when the window approaches the edge, this function will not be activated until a while. But nothing, everything is discussed right now.

      1.    Maxi said

        I have it and I can pass the windows to the other desktops, I just have to drag it a little more to the side where the other desktop is, I don't know how it will behave to pass it to other monitors.

  8.   Cryotope said

    The issue of "tiling" has already arisen long ago at the request of some users. In fact, in the Xfce wiki it appears as a feature to add for 4.10. However, the developers have not been able to meet the dates set, so it is possible that they will leave it for 4.12. We will find out (except if there are further delays) in March of this year.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Greetings Cryotopo:
      Well yes, the issue is already moving on the list of developers. Let's see how it ends. Sometimes I get the feeling that Xfce programmers don't like to change a lot or accept new changes. Everything seems unnecessary to them.

      1.    Cryotope said

        Change what is said to change, they do not like anything. For example, in a thread on the developers' mailing list, the possibility of adding tabs to Thunar was discussed and the answer was almost unanimously negative by Janis Pohlman and company, alleging problems with its maintenance.

        The truth is that sometimes I don't know what to think about developers ... right now it is true that they are changing the internal architecture of Xfce a lot (xfconf, libxfceui4 replacing libxfcegui4, GIO, etc.) seeking to depend as little as possible on the Gnome libraries and GTK only. In fact in 4.8 the work has been done "half" and they try to complete it in 4.10.

        And as they themselves say, there are very few developers taking care of the environment, important people have left, a few have been added and others like the aforementioned Pohlman have obtained jobs in the "real" world that limits the time they can dedicate.

        Even so, his attitude also seems quite immobile to me.

        1.    elav <° Linux said

          It's true, I participated in that discussion. They insist on not rewriting Thunar, or adding tabs to it under the excuse that it would lose its simplicity. I think it is rather because they don't want to. Maybe the reason that they have so few developers is just that, that they do not allow me to add new things.

          The funny thing is that Oliver Fourdan, the creator of Xfce does not participate in this stuff. It's as if Janis Pohlman was the leader, who makes the decisions about what to wear and what not to wear ... How weird isn't it?

      2.    Cryotope said

        PS: It is not to cheat you but your blog is one of the few that are interesting in the linux world. Greetings (which I also always forget to say hello) from the Iberian Peninsula.

        1.    elav <° Linux said

          Thank you for your comment, you flatter us the truth. I hope you feel good here, as a family.
          Greetings from somewhere in the 3rd world hahaha ..