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Bug 660328 - Use <Super> instead of Alt for moving windows
Use <Super> instead of Alt for moving windows
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 607797
Product: gnome-shell
Classification: Core
Component: general
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: gnome-shell-maint
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-09-28 04:04 UTC by Charles P. Collins IV
Modified: 2011-10-04 20:42 UTC
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GNOME target: ---
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Description Charles P. Collins IV 2011-09-28 04:04:35 UTC
The default setting for moving windows via Alt + left click + drag conflicts with other applications features and requires the user to modify the default via gconf.

I propose switching the default key to move windows to <Super> + left mouse + drag instead of the traditional Alt key.

Even though the Alt key has been used in Gnome for this purpose for a long time (before the <Super> key was on keyboards, as 'halfline' on #gnome-shell pointed out) I think it makes sense for these reasons:

1) Many other programs (audo editing programs, image editing programs) use Alt + left mouse + drag for interactions, this necessitates a change for users who can't change the applications's keybindings. 

2) Gnome Shell depends on <Super> / mod4 key for many shell interactions, the user must use <Super> to effectively use Gnome Shell, this change seem natural to the workflow of Gnome Shell

3) <Super> + middle mouse + drag resizes the window, so it makes sense that other window interactions should also utilize <Super>

Since Gnome Shell does not support legacy machines, there should be a very low number of keyboards in use that do not have the <Super> key. Gnome Shell is already changing many workflow paradigms, why not this one?
Comment 1 André Klapper 2011-10-03 11:27:05 UTC
With which other applications does it conflict?
Comment 2 Matthias Clasen 2011-10-04 20:42:56 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 607797 ***