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I'm playing with ubuntu 12.04, precise pangolin, and there's an issue I can't see how to solve.

If I have three instances of, let's say, Firefox, in the switcher appears a single Firefox icon, I have to wait something like a second for it to open so that I can finally choose the one I'm looking for

I tried with compiz-settings and the unity plugin but couldn't find an option to ungroup Windows.

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aking1012, riateche, thanks a lot for your answers, I as already aware of that, I'm just trying to avoid the hover or the alt-down stuff and just get back to thre previous behaviour – opensas Apr 21 '12 at 19:39
not a problem, i just don't think it's going to happen. it's a feature not a bug – RobotHumans Apr 21 '12 at 21:03
if you want to work between two open firefox, for example, it's kind of annoying, can't it be configured? – opensas Apr 21 '12 at 22:52
your other question is another way of asking this one, if you're working with multiple desktops(like I am) and you have multiple windows for an application open(like I do) then alt-tab immediately opens the most recently focused window for a given application. it's starting to sound like complaining – RobotHumans Apr 22 '12 at 1:14
See also How to get previous behaviour of alt-tab task switcher in 11.10 - seems like this is a a dup. – nealmcb Apr 30 '12 at 16:10

You can also press alt + ` (the key above Tab) to switch between instances of the current application.

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I like this because I can do it with one hand. – Jay Bazuzi May 1 '12 at 5:38
yes, this works but it doesn't ungroup. an ungrouped switcher recognises that just because a file is in the same application doesn't mean that it relates to the same task eg task 1 = (PDF1, Writer doc 1), task 2 = (PDF2, gedit, Writer doc 2). The application grouping just gets in the way of this. – jdpipe yesterday

Press down arrow while holding alt+tab to view list of windows for current application.

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That works but it's pretty cumbersome. I've never had this annoying task switching problem in Windows. – Dan Dascalescu Jun 25 at 21:13

To get all windows expanded from the beginning in a single list while switching with ALT-TAB I've gone to CompizConfig -> Windows Management -> Static Application Switcher (enabled this): Dialog popped up, I selected to solve the conflicts, in any of the question pop ups I've hit the most rightest button to deactivate the conflicting button. Thats all.

(To get back to Unity behaviour, goto CompizConfig -> Desktop -> Unity Plugin -> Switcher (tab) -> reset all settings with the x buttons at the right)

EDIT: You have to have the compiz-plugins package installed in order to access the Static Application Switcher plugin.

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Yes, thanks, unity switcher sucks. – pylover Aug 31 '15 at 12:46
The static switcher looks crappy, but this works. Also, C4L's answer is clearer. – Dan Dascalescu Jun 25 at 21:19

Just hover during alt-tab. It will expand the group windows with previews of each window.

I was informed for one of my questions that "feature requests" are "wishlist bugs". This is how I responded.

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thanks for the tip, but in this question I found that for feature request / wishlist bug, there was this site, I've just registred and I'm waiting for the email... – opensas Apr 28 '12 at 15:43

This question is a bit old, but Unity has still the same problem. The solution is hidden in the Compiz Plugins:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins

Start ccsm (the Compiz Config Settings Manager) and find

  • Ubuntu Unity Plugin -> "Switcher" tab

Disable the key combinations for next and previous windows Alt+Tab and Shift+Alt+Tab.

Next, pick a different application switcher in the Compiz Plugins section. Best for the purpose seems to be the "Static Application Switcher".

Enable its key combinations for next and previous windows Alt+Tab and Shift+Alt+Tab.

Close sscm and now you have one icon for each open window in the application switcher, no annoying grouping anymore.

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How is this answer conceptually different from Hartmut's? – Dan Dascalescu Jun 25 at 21:20

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