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When I get lots of windows on the Ubuntu 12.04 desktop, I can't find a way to see, find or select/raise the hidden windows. This is so fundamental an issue, I'm sure some mechanism exists for this, but I don't see it.

Please explain how to see/find/raise hidden windows on the desktop.

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Have you used Alt+Tab ? – pl1nk Jun 2 '12 at 19:11
Thanks for showing me super-W and Alt-Tab. But is there some option or application that presents the information in a more textual manner? I see so many small windoze that I can't tell what they are, but something with tiny icons that say "firefox" or whatever are the app-names would be much easier to deal with. – honestann Jun 4 '12 at 5:54
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You can use the Super+W keyboard shortcut to show a graphical overview of all windows; just click on the one you want to bring it up.

(Super key = Win key)


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Keyboard-only option - Alt+Tab

You can also use the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to cycle through all running applications, including minimized ones:

  • Hold Alt and keep pressing Tab to cycle.
  • Release both keys when your chosen application is highlighted.
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Don't forget, <kbd>Super</kbd>+<kbd>W</kbd> only shows windows open on that workspace! :) For those who read this – Ryan McClure Aug 18 '12 at 6:49

Sometimes the windows are moved out of screen. Press alt+Space to show the window context menu, which opens on screen. Than use move to bring the window to the screen.

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I'm not sure if this is what you seek, but you can use Super+W to show an overview of all windows.

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You can also press Super+1 for the first icon on the launcher, and Super+2 for the second, and so on.

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