Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tip: Disable Compiz hot corner

Did you ever reached for the window close and have Compiz display all open windows? Well to me it happened one time too many until I decided I wanted to disable that "feature".

The culprit is the Compiz's scale plugin and the initiate_edge option which initiates Compiz's Window Picker.

However there a couple of ways of disabling the hot corner or assigning another corner than the default top right corner:
  1. Issue the appropriate gconftool-2 command
  2. Install and run gconf-editor
  3. Or install and use ccsm
As methods 2 and 3 imply installing further packages or even enabling a new repository (method 3), I'll explain how to use gconftool-2 to achieve our goal.

To disable the hot corner:
  1. $ gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/compiz/plugins/scale/allscreens/options/initiate_edge Disabled

If you like to hot corner "feature" and would like to move it to the top left corner:
  1. $ gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/compiz/plugins/scale/allscreens/options/initiate_edge TopLeft

To change the hot corner to the bottom left corner:

  1. $ gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/compiz/plugins/scale/allscreens/options/initiate_edge BottomLeft

You can also change the hot corner to the bottom right corner:

  1. $ gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/compiz/plugins/scale/allscreens/options/initiate_edge BottomRight

To re-enable the default hot corner to the top right corner:
  1. $ gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/compiz/plugins/scale/allscreens/options/initiate_edge TopRight

This procedure was executed under CentOS 6.2 thus being applicable to Scientific Linux and RHEL however it can also applied to other Unix-like distributions.


Anonymous said...

Ugh... finally! Thanks for sharing. This is easily the most annoying feature ever...

Mike Pakhomov said...

Thanks a lot!!! I am happy now :-) This right-upper corner effect was really annoying.

tangram said...

Glad it helped :)

It truly is annoying and to call that a feature...

mahasiswa teladan said...

hi...Im student from Informatics engineering nice article,
thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Relief finally!!! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You saved my life. Thx.