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Iḿ running ubuntu 13.04. I alt-tab between windows. I cannot tell which application will be switched to when I look at the screen. There is too much eye candy, too many glowing shiny bits and the background colors behind the applications change in unpredictable ways. When there are a lot of windows open the icons at the end are slanted instead of flat which is super confusing.

Is there some setting I can change to restore alt-tab to its previously useful appearance? Is there a theme I can install that will restore alt-tab to its previous simplicity? I need an alt-tab that has clear icons so that I can easily tell which application is which, and I need a dark border drawn around the currently selected application so that I can figure out what I have switched to. I need all the useless eye candy turned off. Subtle visual effects are too hard to see and take too much time to figure out.

This behavior used to be available in KDE 3, XFCE, Gnome 2, Windows XP, is available using the classic theme under Windows 7, and was pioneered on the pre-OSX Macintosh.

Can anyone help?

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+1 -- This is super annoying –  Dolan Antenucci May 11 '14 at 20:08

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