How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

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How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

Postby kerryhall » 2020-01-26 06:20

I actually have this issue on two different laptops, due to their smaller screen sizes.

Desktop env is mate.

There are a few applications I've been using that simply cannot have their windows resized. In order to access parts of the gui cut off by the screen, I would like to be able to move the window past the top of the screen. I tried doing this with the keyboard, using the shortcut alt+f7, but mate won't let me move the window past the top of the screen.

Another option: I would be happy if I could simply zoom out on the desktop, fitting the entire window on the screen. Compiz had this feature back in the day, I used to have it running on my desktop in 2006. Extremely useful feature, I wish window managers now still had it. I have opengl working on both laptops, so some sort of window manager that uses 3d acceleration is a possibility, if it exists.

But at the end of the day, I'm happy with any solution that allows me to simply view the part of the window that I can't "reach" right now.
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Re: How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

Postby sunrat » 2020-01-26 07:27

With every desktop I ever used, just hold the Alt key and drag with the mouse. Never used Mate though.
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Re: How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

Postby Chrisdb » 2020-01-26 08:11

Nothing strange popping out in the logs, f.e. 'xsession-errors?

You can also try an alternative window manager in Mate..
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Re: How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

Postby NFT5 » 2020-01-26 10:30

I don't think that you can drag a window off the top of the screen in MATE. At least I've never been able to do it.

However, on a notebook computer with a smaller screen, real estate is precious, as you say. One trick is in Control Centre >> Windows >> Behaviour where you can set windows to roll up when the title bar is double clicked. I find this useful when I want the window accessible but need the extra space that it's taking up. I also use 4 Workspaces, which quadruples the available space.
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Re: How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

Postby arzgi » 2020-01-26 13:12

Also I have no experience of mate, but recall at least occasion where I had to define virtual screen which was larger than the display. Check settings, or google.

Sorry, can't be more specific.
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Re: How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

Postby Chrisdb » 2020-01-27 16:50

Apparently you can zoom in with compiz. Configurable in mate tweak:
https://ubuntu-mate.community/t/desktop-zoom-in-ubuntu-mate/2973/2
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Re: How do I move a window past the top edge of the screen?

Postby wizard10000 » 2020-01-27 19:34

arzgi wrote:...recall at least occasion where I had to define virtual screen which was larger than the display.


xrandr will do it. I had to do it on a 1024x600 netbook screen.
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