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I am running Windows 7 with VirtualBox installed and running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I have some functionality with the Super key, but I cannot do Super+w to spread all windows like I used to. How can I enable this? I do not see the option in the Ubuntu keyboard shortcuts.

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You are running Ubuntu in VirtualBox , and you want the Super+W to function on the virtualbox window to spread it out , isn't it dependent on Windows , not Ubuntu problem at-all then. –  atenz Jul 12 '12 at 17:24
@tijybba To my understanding, pressing the Super+w keys inside the VM window will capture and send that key combination to ubuntu which will then interpret them. Normally one could also hold down the Super key and get a list of all combinations available, this does not work for me either. Is that supposed to be a solution you've provided? –  Dan Jul 12 '12 at 19:17
if it's really an ubuntu problem it will evidence when you use an on-screen keyboard inside the VM to test. i suspect it won't. –  hbdgaf Aug 24 '12 at 2:18

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The behavior of Super+W that spread out all windows on all workspaces in previous versions of Ubuntu is not present in 12.04; details are described in this bug report, and a fix is available for testing (see comment #103). An alternative is Super+Up ArrowShift+Alt+Up Arrow, which will spread out all widows on the current workspace only.

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I just had Ubuntu 12.04 installed in a dual boot with windows and super+w worked. –  Dan Jul 12 '12 at 19:19
But I am trying to get it running right in VM so I don't have to mess around with drive partitioning. –  Dan Jul 12 '12 at 19:19
If it isn't vital for you to be able to have Windows and Ubuntu running simultaneously, I recommend you consider running Ubuntu off of a USB drive. It will allow you to avoid partitioning your drive, and give the added benefit of portability - your Ubuntu system will not be linked to a specific machine. Instructions may be found here. –  Jarmo Jul 13 '12 at 6:58

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