gnome window should work with keyboard.

Bug #423938 reported by TM8471 on 2009-09-03
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Metacity
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Bug Description

The windows in Gnome can't be minimized, maximized and closed by keyboard commands. That's enervating and makes working speed drop down.

Gnome window manager already uses Alt + Tab to switch between running applications. This should be enhanced!

I suggest:
* close activated window: Alt + Esc (immediate some keystrokes: restart closed application in some former position)
* minimize activated window: Alt + F1 (immediate some keystrokes: maximize in former position)
* activated window to the half left side: Alt + 1
* activated window to the half right side: Alt + 2

You work so much faster by using keyboard commands. The better you know your desktop and your main applications the more you use keyboard commands. This feature would enhance Gnome usability!

TM8471 (p-maier-lutz) on 2009-09-03
description: updated
tags: added: gnome manager window
arky (arky) wrote :

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Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
arky (arky) wrote :

Gnome desktop does provide keyboard shortcuts to control windows.
http://library.gnome.org/users/gnome-access-guide/unstable/keynav-13.html.en

TM8471 (p-maier-lutz) wrote :

Thanks for your hint!

1)
Keyboard commands as defined now:
"Alt+ spacebar Open the Window menu.
Alt+F4 Close the window.
Alt+F9 Minimize the window.
Alt+F10 Maximize the window.
Alt+F5 Restore a maximized window to its original size. "

2)
These keyboard commands are now completely unintuitive. Moreover they are unusable for fast and efficient keyboard working. The keyboard commands should be changed for better usability!

My suggestion:
* close activated window: Alt + Esc (immediate some keystrokes: restart closed application in some former position)
* minimize activated window: Alt + F1 (immediate some keystrokes: maximize in former position)
* activated window to the half left side: Alt + 1
* activated window to the half right side: Alt + 2

After this rearrangement all combinations can be typed be the left hand. Furthermore, it fits very well with the "switch application" command (Alt + Tab).

3)
Moreover the keyboard commands should be shown, when a user hovers over the three upper right control buttons (minimiz, maximize, close). It's only a slight change. Only the pop up text has to be added.

TM8471 (p-maier-lutz) on 2009-09-06
Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Luke Faraone (lfaraone) on 2009-10-07
Changed in ubuntu:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
affects: ubuntu → metacity (Ubuntu)
Luke Faraone (lfaraone) wrote :

Your request has been forwarded upstream at http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=597744

Changed in metacity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in metacity:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
status: Unknown → New
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