There are times when the work you're doing involves switching between two applications. For example, a common use-case is reading commands/instructions from a Web page opened in Web browser and trying them on the command line terminal.

I am sure many of you are used to the Alt+Tab way of switching between application windows. However, there are some who manually resize the windows so that they fit in the viewable area side-by-side. But do you know there exists a way that lets you do this automatically?

In this tutorial, we will quickly discuss how you can split screen space in order to fit two windows. Please note that all commands/instructions mentioned here have been tested on Ubuntu 16.04LTS.

How to quickly wrap and resize windows in Ubuntu

If you are on Ubuntu 16.04LTS, then this is very easy. All you have to do is to use the following key combination: Ctrl+Super+left/right arrow key. For those who aren't aware, Super key on the keyboard is usually the one that has Microsoft Windows logo on it.

For example, here's how my desktop looked before I used this shortcut:

ubuntu-grid-windows1

And here's what happened when I pressed Ctrl+Super+left arrow:

ubuntu-grid-window2

So you can see that the Web browser window automatically got adjusted towards the left in a way that the terminal window (which was in the background so far) got the other half of the screen.

It's worth mentioning that pressing the up arrow key in this combination maximizes the active window, while the down arrow key minimizes the window.

In case the combination mentioned here doesn't work on your Ubuntu 16.04LTS system, here's what you can do: launch the Compiz Config Settings Manager, and click the Window Management option in the left bar.

ccsm-window-management

Here, make sure the Grid option is enabled.

Note: In case Compiz Config Settings Manager isn't there on your system, you can download and install it using the following commands:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
How to easily split screen space to fit two windows in Ubuntu 16.04LTS

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