Resizing windows

If you double-click on a window resizer handle (either on the sides or the corners), it should do something helpful like “maximizing” in only one direction; expanding the edge or corner all the way to the edge of the screen, in the same way that double-clicking the title bar maximizes all four borders to the edge of the screen. (Maybe it or a similar function could also be used to maximize to the nearest window border without overlapping?) KDE has some intermediate options:

  • Left-click the Maximize button
    • The window maximizes to the entire screen
  • Middle-click the Maximize button
    • The window maximizes in the vertical direction, but stays the same width
  • Right-click the Maximize button
    • The window maximizes in the horizontal direction, but stays the same width

Although this functionality is useful, I think this is pretty unintuitive. Which button does which? Do people use this often enough that it should use up the default functions of all three mouse buttons?

Also, why not have windows snap to a coarse grid instead of just to the screen edges and each other? Is there any reason that windows have to be resizable down to the single pixel? This is very rarely necessary.

I’ve been using allSnap in Windows, which allows snapping to other window borders and coarse things like grids and half-way marks. It makes resizing and moving windows much quicker. You can always press Alt or Shift while dragging to override the snapping for the few instances you need it, just like you currently do in GNOME.

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