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I feel that the standard task switcher under Xfce isn't very good. For example it doesn't allow you to select an application by mouse clicking on it. On Windows for example, there is a program called taskSwitchXP, which greatly extends the standard functionality of Alt+Tab. In additional it allows you to select an application by a mouse click.

Is there a program with such functionality for Linux?

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Any kind of panel allows you to select applications by mouse click. You can install one of them, make it very large, and set to auto-hide. – user55822 Jul 30 '12 at 14:49
@user55822 yes, but if panel that appears when you hold alt-tab would allow you to activate an application by mouse click on it, i'll be much happier. – dhblah Jul 31 '12 at 9:09

You can use Skippy-XD for this. It is a full-screen task-switcher for X11 similar to Mac OS X's Exposé feature, and works nicely with Xfce. To install latest development packages (recommended), use the Skippy-XD PPA (daily). In Xfce 4.10 you can easily bind skippy-xd command to Alt + Tab in Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

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For those who are on Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 you can upgrade to Xfce 4.12 which comes with additional list and preview modes for Alt+Tab Window/Task switcher and many more improvements using this tutorial

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/extras
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo reboot now
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