I put certain windows on certain spaces, but prefer alt-tab to switch between them. Is there a toggle or other option to turn on the alt-tab from all workspaces in unity?
In 12.04, the switcher defaults to those windows co-located on one workspace/viewport.
You have a couple of options in
You can untick the bias option which will show windows in all workspaces.
Alternatively, you can use add CTRL to your ALT+TAB to achieve the same effect
1Just for the record, to find this panel, you need to open the Ubuntu Unity Plugin in the compiz manager Jan 22, 2014 at 17:09
2+1 because of the »add CTRL to your ALT+TAB« hint May 4, 2015 at 13:39
CompizConfig Settings Manager is deprecated, another tool to use is
and set the proper key bindings for
alt_tab_forward_all. By default, Ctrl+Alt+Tab switches between windows on all workspaces, and Alt+Tab between windows on current one. I'd just swap them.
Or from the command line:
gconftool --set --type=string /apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/alt_tab_forward_all '<Alt>Tab' gconftool --set --type=string /apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/alt_tab_forward '<Control><Alt>Tab'
You may also want to fix
alt_tab_prev_all accordingly (I personally never use them).
gconf is being phased out itself in favor of dconf.– SethMar 12, 2013 at 14:37
So...which tool should be used by an inexperienced (or lazy) Ubuntu user? I'd rather not have to learn
dconfif the CompozConfig Settings Manager is still around. (Is there harm in using the CCSM for now?)– jvriesemMar 30, 2016 at 18:03
No-new-software based solution:
Based on Yevgen Yampolskiy's suggestion in Alt-Tab does not switch ,
I renamed the .gconf* and .gnome2* folders in my home folder to ..gconf* and ..gnome2*, logged out, and back in.
Problem solved. By the way, I had been using 12.04 for 8 months until this problem struck after I stupidly did
sudo service lightdm restart
from an F1 console session. Stupidly, because I was running gnome classic without effects.