Fullscreen any window in Gnome

If you are running any distro that has a recent Gnome, chances are that your window manager is either Metacity or Compiz. I’ve found that while working, having my IDE fullscreen helps as that way i can keep away the “noise” and really concentrate on the work i’m doing.

Here’s how to fullscreen any window in Gnome:

1. Metacity
– Run gconf-editor.
– Go to /apps/metacity/window_keybindings.
– Change toggle_fullscreen from disabled to F11.

2. Compiz
– apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-extra
Then open System -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Mangager. The “Extra WM Actions” plugin should now be available under “Window Management”. Check it and click “Close”.

Restart your X-server by logging out and back in again. The “Toggle fullscreen” keyboard shortcut should now work with whatever you set in the main Gnome keyboard shortcuts settings.

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