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I saw an answer that described filtering the windows in compiz scale. The feature seems to be Scale Window Title Filter.

I have Scale, Scale Addons, and Text turned on in CompizConfig. When I invoke Scale, typing does nothing. Only the arrow keys, Enter, and Esc do anything.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Scale Window Title Filter is part of the compiz-plugins-extra package.

Install this package:

sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-extra

And then Scale Window Title Filter will show up as a plugin in CompizConfig Settings Manager.

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I had the same problem and found it was because I had been running ccsm from a shell instead of from the dash. Once I had launched it from the dash and enabled the correct plugins it began to work. That was in 12.04 under unity 3d though.

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