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Try it Out
You can add this to your shell from the extensions.gnome.org page.
Note: you will need at least gnome-shell 3.4 to run versions 0.4+ of shellshape. Previous versions are no longer supported, as they required running an error-prone fork of the mutter window manager (which is thankfully no longer necessary).
For more flexibility, or to run the latest and greatest version, you will need to install zero install, with
sudo yum install zeroinstall-injector (debian users:
sudo apt-get install zeroinstall-injector).
Once you've got zero install, you should be able to run shellshape itself using 0install from the terminal. I advise running this from a virtual console, or from a terminal multiplexer like GNU screen or tmux so you can see what went wrong if it doesn't work:
DISPLAY=:0 0install run -c http://gfxmonk.net/dist/0install/shellshape.xml --replace
Once that's running, you'll still need to enable the plugin via
gnome-tweak-tool or the local plugins page on extensions.gnome.org
Most shortcuts are the same as bluetile, except where functionality differs. Here's the full list:
Selecting layouts:win+d switch workspace to vertical tiled mode
win+f switch workspace to floating mode
win+g switch workspace to horizontal tiled mode
Window navigation:win+j, win-tab select next window
win+k, win-shift-tab select prev window
win+space select main window
Window manipulation:win+shift+j swap with next window
win+shift+k swap with prev window
win+shift+space swap with main window
win+x minimize window
win+shift+x un-minimize last window
Tile management:win+t tile the current window
win+y untile (yank) the current window
win+shift+p adjust tile boundaries to fit window
win+, more windows in the master area
win+. less windows in the master area
Resizing tiles:win+h shrink master area
win+l grow master area
win+u shrink a slave area
win+i grow a slave area
Resizing windows:win+shift+h decrease window's width
win+shift+l increase window's width
win+shift+u decrease window's height
win+shift+i increase window's height
win+equal increase window's size
win+minus decrease window's size
win+z toggle window maximized state
Workspace actions:win+alt+j go to workspace below
win+alt+k go to workspace above
win+alt+shift+j move window to workspace below
win+alt+shift+k move window to workspace above
Of course, you can still use your mouse to move / resize windows as you normally would in gnome. If you move a tiled window over another tile, their positions will swap.
I also change the following shortcuts (in my keyboard shortcut preferences), as I find they fit shellshape's theme well:
win+shift+c close window
win+a bring window to front / send to back
While all of these keyboard shortcuts were free at the time of Shellshape's creation, other software has since some of them for their own use. In some cases I've changed Shellshape's defaults to avoid clashes, but some shortcuts are too important to be pushed aside by rarely-used gnome functionality.
I suggest disabling or changing the following system shortcuts in gnome's keyboard settings:
win+space switch input source (if you do use multiple input sources, you may want to change shellshape's shortcut instead) win+shift+space switch input source backwards (see above) win+h minimize (shellshape duplicates this as win+x anyway) win+l lock screen (an important member of `hjkl` - rebind this to something else if you use it) win+tab switch applications (this is also bound to alt+tab, and rarely needed with shellshape) win+shift+tab switch applications backwards (as above)
Default shortcuts in older versions:
The following keyboard shortcuts have been changed to avoid clashes with shortcuts introduced in system software (sometimes agressively).
Changed in version 0.12 (June 2015):
win+p - place window (now win+t). Conflicted with gnome-settings-daemon's display switching.
win+d - vertical layout (now win+v). Conflicted with ubuntu's "show desktop" shortcut.
win+m - minimize (now win+x). Conflicted with gnome-shell's "message tray" shortcut.
win+shift+m - unminimize (now win+shift+x to match the minimize shortcut).
Getting Back to Your Normal Shell
If anything went wrong (or when you just want your normal shell back), you can do so by running:
DISPLAY=:0 gnome-shell --replace
You can also just log out and back in, which will use your system's regular gnome-shell.
Using it Every Time You Log In
At the moment you'll need to clone the git repository yourself, there are instructions in the README
The beauty of zero install is that it doesn't touch your system's global state or packages, so there's nothing you need to uninstall. But if you're concerned about the disk space, you can use
0store manage (or just remove everything under
To get more information, help out or report a bug, please visit the github repository.