While there are many things you can do with the edge bindings (not wasting key combinations / mouse-buttons for short-cuts), the standard settings of some plug-ins might be rather annoying or confusing. If you notice any seemingly random view-port changes, plug-in activations or just "stuff moving away and around wtf!?", check your activated plug-ins for edge bindings.
While many seem to switch to Compiz in the first place because of having seen the Desktop Cube, some might find the Plane more attractive, as it offers some work-flow enhancements like being able to drag windows up or down from the current Desktop to Desktop-2 / Desktop+2
Can be used to see all your Desktops at once. Also if you do not like using a window decorator, it is a good way to drag your windows around on a or between viewpoints (just put expo on a mouse button, if you got one to spare). Blends in especially good with Desktop plane, as 2x2 (/ 3x3) view-ports enable it to use to full screen without deforming them.
As quite a few auto-hiding applications do not seem to work that well with compiz, the widget plug-in comes in handy. You can set it to show all windows you defined as widgets using the same screen border / mouse-over. Resizing (maximized) windows when adding/removing a dock seems to be more painless with widget layer than with built-in auto-hide for most docks / panels (well - the ones I tried).
The magnifier comes in especially handy if you use your Desktop from a bigger Desktop (p.E. as media-centre). Using the fish eye mode with a big radius might be most effective while trying to do minor "menu / file navigation" and setting zoom in/out to <TopEdge>Button4 / 5 lets you easily zoom with mouse only without wasting a mouse button (mouse wheel @ very top of screen).
Part of the compiz-fusion unsupported plug-in package available from the AUR; use keys (standard: ctrl+alt+[numpad]) to resize and arrange windows to an imaginary grid. Works & looks best without window decorations as sort of "tiling window manager".
The scale Add-on lets you easily choose a window from thumbnails to switch to, to close, or to switch it to the current view-port (see utilities / scale extensions) offering an efficient window chooser if you do not have too many open at once (10 per screen work fine for me). This one might be especially useful on a mouse button, too, if you've got one to spare.
Compiz as tiling window manager without window decorations:
- ctrl+alt+[numpad] arranges the current window
- left and right bottom corner shows Taskbar
- mouse control for everything (but typing ;))
- some effects
- & more
[core] as_active_plugins = core;session;glib;grid;notification;workarounds;place;put;wall;regex;blur;dbus;fs;inotify;widget;animation;resize;text;mousepoll;obs;expo;fade;move;staticswitcher;mag;scale;scaleaddon; s0_hsize = 2 s0_vsize = 2 [wall] as_show_switcher = false s0_edgeflip_dnd = true as_flip_down_edge = [expo] as_reflection = false as_vp_brightness = 100.000000 as_expo_edge = as_expo_button = Button9 as_mipmaps = true as_zoom_time = 0.150000 as_vp_distance = 0.000000 [scale] as_initiate_edge = as_initiate_all_button = Button8 s0_darken_back = false s0_opacity = 100 s0_overlay_icon = 0 s0_multioutput_mode = 1 as_show_desktop = false s0_hover_time = 100 s0_spacing = 4 s0_timestep = 0.100000 s0_speed = 2.615500 [scaleaddon] s0_window_highlight = true s0_highlight_color = #ffffff08 s0_window_title = 0 [mag] as_zoom_in_button = <TopEdge>Button4 as_zoom_out_button = <TopEdge>Button5 s0_mode = 2 s0_radius = 600 [place] s0_multioutput_mode = 3 s0_mode = 2 [workarounds] as_notification_daemon_fix = true as_firefox_menu_fix = true as_legacy_fullscreen = true as_qt_fix = true as_convert_urgency = true [move] as_opacity = 85 [blur] s0_filter = 1 s0_independent_tex = true s0_mipmap_lod = 1.700000 s0_gaussian_radius = 7 s0_alpha_blur_match = (any) & !(class=Conky) [put] as_put_next_output_button = Button10 s0_speed = 10.441400 s0_timestep = 0.100000 [obs] s0_opacity_matches = type=dock | Tooltip | Menu | PopupMenu | DropdownMenu;(any) & !(class=Whaawmp.py | class=Gimp | class=Inkscape | class=Xfdesktop | class=Ristretto); s0_opacity_values = 70;90; [animation] s0_close_effects = animation:Dream;animation:Fade;animation:Fade; s0_open_effects = animation:Magic Lamp;animation:Fade;animation:Fade; s0_focus_effects = animation:Dodge; s0_open_durations = 150;100;100; s0_close_durations = 150;100;100; s0_minimize_durations = 150; s0_shade_durations = 150; s0_focus_durations = 150; [widget] s0_bg_brightness = 100 s0_fade_time = 0.250000 s0_match = type=Dock as_toggle_edge = BottomLeft|BottomRight s0_end_on_click = false [staticswitcher] s0_highlight_mode = 2 s0_highlight_rect_hidden = 2 as_next_key = Disabled as_next_no_popup_key = <Alt>Tab as_prev_all_key = Disabled