Bug 411519 - Custom window move/resize shortcuts (in addition to Alt/Meta)
Summary: Custom window move/resize shortcuts (in addition to Alt/Meta)
Alias: None
Product: kwin
Classification: Plasma
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Platform: Other Linux
: NOR wishlist with 1 vote (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: KWin default assignee
Keywords: usability
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Reported: 2019-09-02 10:29 UTC by Jukka Alasalmi
Modified: 2021-10-25 15:56 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Jukka Alasalmi 2019-09-02 10:29:48 UTC

It is currently not possible to configure the mouse drag window behavior to any other modifier than Alt/Meta. This is is hindering the window management usability when using the mouse with a left hand, since both Alt and Meta are on the left side of the keyboard in some keyboard layouts. Only Alt-Gr and Ctrl are present on the right-hand side. It would be nice to be able to map at least Alt-Gr to the keyboard behavior to avoid having to move the hand out-of-position when doing the resizing.

1. Open System Settings -> Window Management -> Window Behavior -> Window Actions
2. Under the "Inner Window, Titlebar & Frame", change the Modifier key

Only "Alt" and "Meta" are available

Other options are available, at least Alt-Gr.

Linux/KDE Plasma: Kubuntu 16.04
(available in About System)
KDE Plasma Version: 5.5.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 4.14.16 (*)
Qt Version: 5.5.1

(*) checked with "apt-cache show kdelibs5-dev", not sure if this is the correct way

Unfortunately I'm not able to test this on a newer version at the moment (due to work system configuration), but I tried searching for this and did not find any updates to this, so I'm fairly sure this has not been implemented in later kwin versions either.
Comment 1 Vlad Zahorodnii 2019-09-02 12:47:46 UTC
What keyboard layout do you usually use?

I personally can drag windows by pressing Alt-Gr.
Comment 2 JimiJames.Bove 2021-10-25 15:56:04 UTC
Please, please, PLEASE address this.

I want to switch back to KDE from XFCE for so many reasons. I actually kind of need to. But I can't, because I can't stand being limited to just one of these buttons for this key, and I also can't stand not having this key as a shortcut for move/resize.

In XFCE I am able to go into xfconf and set this shortcut to Ctrl+Alt. I've found that to be a great solution, because that combination almost never interferes with any in-app shortcuts that want to make use of Alt or Meta/Super.

KDE is supposed to be the DE with the most options, which also means the most accessibility, and the reporter of this bug has shown that this is also a straight-up accessibility issue. It really sucks that I can't switch because XFCE's xfwm4 manages to be more configurable in just this one aspect, despite being the opposite in any other.