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Sticky Window Snapping


KWin Scripts

Score 72%
Issue Tacker:  Link
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Downloads:  332
Submitted:  Mar 9 2013
Updated:  Mar 10 2013


Let snapped window edges stick together when one window is resized.

The script registers two global shortcuts: one for enabling/disabling the script permanently, and one for enabling/disabling the script only for the next resize. The default shortcut keys are Meta+Shift+S and Ctrl+Shift+S, respectively. You can change them using systemsettings (or kcmshell4 keys); they are associated with the component “KWin”. Their names are prefixed by “KWin Script: Sticky Window Snapping”.

Known issues:
  • There is no optical feedback when a shortcut is pressed. I do not know how to initiate a KNotify notification from a KWin script. There is the function callDBus, but I do not know if or how it can be used for that purpose. KNotify provides the method “event” by dbus, but it expects arguments of types for which I do not know how to produce values with Java Script.

  • Currently, not only snapped window edges are considered as connected, but even edges which are only on the same row/column are considered as connected. I have not decided, if this is a bug or a feature, yet.

  • Changelog:

  • maximized windows are ignored now

  • shaded windows are ignored now

  • windows on other screens are ignored now

  • changed behavior when windows get very small while resizing

  • v0.1:
  • initial release

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     Doesn't work for me

     by Henri on: Apr 12 2013
    Score 50%

    I've installed and enabled the script. When I snap two windows side by side and resize one window it doesn't resize the another one. Using Kde 4.10.2.

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     Re: Doesn't work for me

     by Flupp on: Apr 12 2013
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    Have you forgotten to press the “Apply” button in systemsettings? (Maybe this seems like a stupid question, but I occasionally forget it myself.)

    Have you tried restarting kwin after applying the changes (Alt+F2: kwin --replace)? I have to do this sometimes – this may be a bug in kwin, but I am not sure.

    Alternatively you can try to log out and log in again.

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     Re: Re: Doesn't work for me

     by Henri on: Apr 15 2013
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    I've rebooted my system and it's working now as it should. Thanks. I love the script! Something that should be default in KDE imho.

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     Really Nice

     by Crespyl on: May 15 2013
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    Ever since I found out about the removal of tiling features in 4.10 I've been looking for a good work-around, and I'm really liking this so far.
    Really elegant idea.

    The one suggestions/request I have is that I would like to see support for the kwin "Resize Window" effect during resize, which displays the resizing window using a faster/more responsive scale effect until the resize ends. I've no idea how hard that might be though...

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     Re: Really Nice

     by Crespyl on: May 15 2013
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    Actually, I should clarify about the resize effect; The focused window is scaled appropriately, but the snapped window being resized by the script has to keep recalculating its layout.

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     by jospoortvliet on: Jun 27 2013
    Score 50%
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    This is really awesome. I have a small behavioral suggestion which could make it a bit more intuitive, esp when you do NOT want a window to follow resizing: only resize both windows in the area where they touch each other. Say that one window is full-height of the screen and the other half-height, then resizing the full-height one in the area where the other is not, should leave the other alone, un-snapping them.

    This is what I intuitively expected when I tried to 'unsnap' the windows. It is easier than having to move one of the windows to unsnap.

    Not sure how hard this is, though, and in any case - great script :D

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     Re: awesome

     by Flupp on: Jul 6 2013
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    Unfortunately, as far as I know, it is not possible to get the mouse position with a KWin script. But I also think the behavior would be rather unintuitive if there are two small windows snapped to the same edge of a large window.

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     Ignore overlapped window maybe?

     by csslayer on: Oct 31 2013
    Score 50%

    I found this script seems also resize window that are overlapped, for example

    | | |
    | |----
    | |

    Resize the upper edge will resize both window, I can't think of a useful case for this.

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     maximization state problem

     by jhnnslschnr on: Jun 2 2014
    Score 50%

    I find this script pretty useful, but i would like an option for deciding whether windows should be sticky on borders that are not between the windows.
    However this behaviour causes a small bug regarding the maximization state: in case i have two quick tiled windows and shrink one from the bottom, the other one follows, but is still marked as vertically maximized, so i have to middle click the maximize button twice to remaximize it vertically.

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     Awesome script (:

     by mcaceres on: Oct 3 2014
    Score 50%

    Just discovered this. Extremely useful. I've been looking for a way of doing this ever since quick pack/tile became part of my workflow. The behavior is as expected and my window resizing is measurably better (:

    I have a suggestion: I'd like a way of deciding whether to "unstick" a particular window on the fly. For instance, alt + right-click resizes with all snapped windows sticking (even if only part of the edge is snapped, which I really like). But it'd be useful if, say, alt + meta + right-click resized the window without sticking.


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