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In 12.04 when I press Alt-Tab and had opened more than one... lets said firefox windows, I just can see one firefox icon that represent all the firefox windows I have open.

How can I get one icon per windows instead of one icon per windows of the same type when I press Alt-Tab ?

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This can be done in CompizConfig Settings Manager using "Application Switcher".

Install CCSM:

  • Hit Alt+Ctrl+T to open terminal and run following command:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

    Or search for compizconfig-settings-manage in Software Center and install from there.

How to have a Windows like Task Switcher?

  • Once installed, Hit Super key (Windows key) to open Unity dash and search for "ccsm" and open it.
  • In CCSM navigate to Windows Management > Application Switcher.
  • Enable "Application Switcher", You'll see a warning window click on "Resolve Conflicts" and disable all "Unity Plugin" bindings. Change the key binding for "Next Window" to Alt+Tab.

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  • Click on "General" tab. and enable "Only Show Icons".

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  • Close CCSM. That's it!

Now in "Application Switcher" you'll see a septate icon for each window of an application.

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Thanks, that solve the problem, still don't like that not all icons show when I hit Alt-Tab, is a kind of scroll that I don't wanted, but well, seem to me that such scroll can't be disable. –  gsc-frank May 23 '12 at 16:34
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This is listed in the keyboard shortcuts (hold the Super/Win key until they appear on screen) as "Alt + Dead Grave" combo... that's the ` key to the left of the number 1 on my keyboard, above tab - apologies if yours is located elsewhere!

It will allow you to cycle multiple windows of the same app - unfortunately I don't think there's a way to say, cycle through different tabs within the same window (using your Firefox example).

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Thanks a lot for your reply. But what I'm trying to get is cycle through all windows without and avoid to wait that windows of the same application unfold. I mean, I don't want cycle just through windows of same app but through windows of all app. –  gsc-frank May 22 '12 at 19:14
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