I never want to maximize a window when dragging the window to the top of the screen, but it happens most of the time and is really annoying!

I just want to drag the window to the top of the screen. Is there any way to change this default behavior?

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You can customize this with gsettings in Terminal:

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.behavior edge-tiling false

Use true to revert to default behavior.

Or use the graphical dconf Editor. You need to install it if you haven't done it already:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Once it is installed, open it and search for the entry:

org.pantheon.desktop.gala.behaviour edge-tiling

There you'll see the default setting:


you can switch this to:


to have the desired behavior.

  • it works directly without log off. thanks!
    – davidak
    Commented Jul 15, 2015 at 13:38
  • I was just about to ask this. Will it disable side-tiling too?
    – Jorge
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 19:35
  • I am like a year late, but! This command will disable dragging to tile windows in any direction, including to the sides. You can still use keyboard shortcuts to tile, though. Commented Apr 9, 2016 at 3:23

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