If you search for how to split screen in a Linux Mint/Ubuntu you will find very fast that this can be done by using the different combinations of the ⊞ Win + ←, →, ↑, ↓ key buttons.
But if you are a lucky owner of the MATE edition of the Linux Mint, you will notice that these split-screen keyboard shortcuts don’t work out of the box.
This is because for some reason the split-screen keyboard shortcuts in the MATE edition of the Linux Mint are disabled by default.
This note shows how to split screen in the MATE edition of the Linux Mint.
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Split Screen in Linux Mint with MATE
Search for the “Keyboard Shortcuts” application in the Linux Mint’s “Applications” → “Preferences” menu or simply lunch it by executing this command from the terminal:
In the “Keyboard Shortcuts”, scroll down to the “Window Management” header and search for the shortcuts that start from “Tile window to…” and are “Disabled” by default.
Assign the split-screen keyboard shortcut according to you preferences, for example:
|Keyboard Shortcut||Split Screen|
|⊞ Win + ← or →||Tile window to east (right) or west (left) side of screen|
|⊞ Win + ↖︎||Tile window to north-west (top left) corner|
|⊞ Win + ↗︎||Tile window to north-east (top right) corner|
|⊞ Win + ↙︎||Tile window to south-west (bottom left) corner|
|⊞ Win + ↘︎||Tile window to south-east (bottom left) corner|
|⊞ Win + ↑||Toggle maximization state|
Note that the ⊞ Win key button in this application is names as “Mod4”:
And also it is worth mentioning that in MATE i didn’t find a way to snap a window to a corner (one-fourth) of the screen with the ⊞ Win + ← or → followed by ↑ or ↓ shortcuts (that works for Windows), so i’ve decided to use the “NumPad” keys for this, for example the top left corner ↖︎ is ⊞ Win + 7, the top right corner ↗︎ is ⊞ Win + 9 and so on.
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