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Offline wayne

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How to 'easily' drag/resize open windows in xfce
« on: July 18, 2014, 07:50:14 am »
When I use xfce, I have trouble drag or resize any open windows, because it is very difficult to point to the bottom/right corner of an open windows...

I think my hand does not allow me to  'move mouse to the required pixel precision' :(

Not an issue on Windows, it will popup an 'arrow' when mouse is near the bottom/right corner.


For a while I use this method to overcome, left hand press and hole ALT key, right hand mouse and an arrow similar to windows OS will appear, then I can drag and resize open windows..

See picture attached, look at the 'arrow' on the bottom/right of iceweasel's open windows.

http://i57.tinypic.com/2udwe87.png
My question:
How can I do that in XFCE to achieve similar thing without pressing ALT key ( or just use mouse on right hand) ??

Can the same thing be done on Mate / OpenBox??

thanks

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Re: How to 'easily' drag/resize open windows in xfce
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014, 12:53:54 pm »
Can you hide the left panel and try to move the Iceweasel window to the left?
Nothing is easy as it looks.
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Offline wayne

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Re: How to 'easily' drag/resize open windows in xfce
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014, 01:18:27 pm »
Yes, I can change left panel to top.

Open windows can move towards left side without issue.

but the issue here is : it is very difficult to 'aim at the correct spot' on the bottom/right corner of the open windows in order to shrink the size of the open windows.

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Re: How to 'easily' drag/resize open windows in xfce
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 09:17:03 pm »
Is it just Iceweasel you have trouble with ?

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Re: How to 'easily' drag/resize open windows in xfce
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2014, 10:38:37 pm »
I know what you mean now.
It's difficult to resize a window using a pointer.
The window border is very tiny and that why it's difficult to catch the corner and resize it, is it correct?
Nothing is easy as it looks.
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Re: How to 'easily' drag/resize open windows in xfce
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2014, 11:31:38 pm »
Hard to grab 'handles' are an issue with many themes, especially xfce's.  I am using Compiz and Emerald on my Sparky xfce.  Its not in the repos, but I saved some old .debs.  Most Emerald borders are quite easy to grab, and if not big enough you can easily edit them.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll58/genecharb/Sparky.png
You could try some gtk themes?  Go to settings 'window manager' and try changing to other themes.

I vote for Compiz and Emerald in the repos, so other can try.
(I can email the debs if the devs want a look)?

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Re: How to 'easily' drag/resize open windows in xfce
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2014, 12:24:36 am »
@The Black Pig,
That issue is for any windows, not limited to iceweasel.

@pavroo,
I know what you mean now.
It's difficult to resize a window using a pointer.
The window border is very tiny and that why it's difficult to catch the corner and resize it, is it correct?

Exactly...

@Gene,

thanks.. at least now I know a better phrase on this subject:
I did not know that is called 'handle'

Yes, please send me the dev files , I am trying to make a very simple debian based distros for a friend, and after I 'turn my practices to WinXP and Win7 for a while I suddenly realised how easy is for Windows user to grab the apps-windows-handle...really just mouse somewhere on right/bottom corner and the Win-handle popup, very easy'..



Oh.. thanks for the tip on other theme, I went to Setting>Window Manager and try a few . some indeed make the job of grabbing handle easier than those in 'xfce theme'.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2014, 12:36:38 am by wayne »