I was following a tutorial to swap Alt and Ctrl, then swap Alt-Tab to Ctrl Tab for switching windows. But that tutorial was using compiz but I just red that compiz isn't working any more, something about unity and gnome.

With that said, is there another way to change my window switcher from Alt-Tab to Ctrl-Tab?


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    probably into System Parameter -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Window – damadam Jul 9 '18 at 13:18

Obviously damadam in the comments pointed to a more straightforward solution. You can change the keyboard combination directly under Settings - Keyboard, section "Navigation".

Below is the more "under the hood" approach which I first posted here. It allows you to have or keep multiple keyboard combinatons for the same action.

Open dconf-edit and change the keybindings for switch-applications from ['<Super>Tab', '<Alt>Tab'] to ['<Control>Tab']. You may need to install dconf-edit first because it is not installed by default.

Alternatively, you may use the terminal to change the setting:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications ['<Control>Tab']

To undo your changes from the terminal and reset to default, issue the command

gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications

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