Alt+Tab is not switching between windows. While on a terminal, When I tried Alt+Tab, It only showed the effect of Tab which was : Display all 1784 possibilities? (y or n)

My Alt is working fine as to get the panel menu, I have to do Alt+right-click.

Why isn't Alt+Tab working?

I'm using Gnome classic and not unity.

  • Did you try Ctrl + Alt + Tab – wojox Apr 27 '12 at 14:55
  • Yes I did. But alas with the same result as above. – harisibrahimkv Apr 27 '12 at 15:02
  • Is this Unity 3D? – wojox Apr 27 '12 at 15:06
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    @harisibrahimkv: as soon as you are using a different desktop environment, you've got what is quite definitely a non-standard arrangement. – Chris Morgan Apr 27 '12 at 15:10
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    I guess you can close it as my problem has been solved and as for others it has been filed as a bug report. Thank you. – harisibrahimkv May 1 '12 at 8:46

Well, just to finalize the answer, a reboot has done the trick for me after doing the following:

I went to system-settings -> keyboard -> shortcuts and almost all of them were disabled. I assigned "Alt+Tab" to "Switch applications". Then even though the problem specified in one of the comments above persisted, a reboot has solved the problem and I'm able to switch between windows without any problem.

Edit: Sometimes you have to reboot multiple times.


I use Super + W and select from current open programs. not the best solution to this issue but it helps.


I'm also using Gnome Classic (with effects or without them). I have reported the bug about Alt+Tab, but Sebastien Bacher said that it is not a bug. I found that it's duplicate of 971051. Let's make these bugs heater!

As temporary solution we can install CompizConfig Settings Manager and select 'Application Switcher' or 'Static Application Switcher' from Window Management group.

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