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I am using Ubuntu 11.10 with "Gnome classic (no effects)" at login. Using alt+tab cycles between windows on current desktop. How can I set it to cycle through ALL open windows?


Well, I have done as proposed, here is what happened: when I pressed Alt+Tab, it still showed only window icons from current desktop. Furthermore, I could only switch between the two most recently used windows with a single Tab press. Releasing the Tab and pressing again closed the window chooser.

Another try after logout-login gave another result: pressing Alt+Tab just showed the main menu.

More ideas are welcome.

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A bug has been reported to Launchpad on this issue. Until it's resolved, install Compiz Config Settings Manager, then use the "Scale" settings there to set ALT-TAB as you want it. Works nicely, actually.

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I had the same problem.

Looking in System SettingsKeyboardShortcutsNavigation, I realized that Alt+Tab combination was assigned to two different options:

  • Moving through applications
  • Change windows directly

(My system is in Spanish, so I hope the translations are accurate enough)

Assigning a new combination to the last one solved my problem! I hope this helps you.

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  • didnt work for me . I am on 12.04, 32bit with gnome-classic settings. – Abhinav Oct 12 '13 at 19:01
  • Working on Ubuntu 18.04.2 , the name of Option is Switch Windows – scienticious Jun 22 '19 at 6:54
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Under "System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > System > Show the activities overview" you can set alt+tab, which then should cycle through all open windows and applications, on all workspaces, no matter if active/in use or inactive.

I tested it in Gnome-Classic and it works fine! Please let us know, if that solves your problem!

sh


Edit: Gnome Shell Extensions that might do the job:

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  • No, this did not work for me. – Yossi Gil May 26 '12 at 12:48
  • didnt work for me as well .. :( – Abhinav Oct 12 '13 at 18:58
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What I did:

Alt+F2 -> dconf-editor -> Enter
org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-applications ['<Super>Tab']
org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-applications-backwards ['<Shift><Super>Tab']
org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-windows ['<Alt>Tab']
org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-windows-backwards ['<Shift><Alt>Tab']

Note, this is the default:

org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-applications ['<Super>Tab','<Alt>Tab']
org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-applications-backwards ['<Shift><Super>Tab','<Shift><Alt>Tab']
org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-windows ['']
org -> gnome -> desktop -> wm -> keybindings -> switch-windows-backwards ['']
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