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I am on Ubuntu 10.2 (Amazon Cloud Box). When I minimize a window, it disappears and starts running in the background. When I click the mouse's middle button it comes back to the foreground. Is there a way I can have start something like just panel (may be xPanel) which will show me all the opened windows and I just have to click on it to bring the application to fore ground? Thanks in advance

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Finally I got it done as follows Remember this is a cloud box and I am looking for a programmatic way of starting just the panel. I have decided on the xfce panel as it is light weight and very easy to customize.

sudo apt-get install xfce4-panel

make sure you have "task-list" in the panel.

Configuring xfce panel is very simple. To set the default settings for every user one just needs to edit /xdg/xfce4/panel/panel.xml. Its a simple self explanatory xml file.

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Ubuntu Windows List Indicator

Window list is an application indicator to display a list of all the current open windows. Each window can be activated by selecting the entry form the list.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jwigley/window-list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install window-list


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If you don't want to add a ppa, you could go to the software center and check out Avant Window Navigator or another "dock" that shows minimized windows.

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