I am aware of the xfwm4 -> general -> cycle_workspaces setting but I want to have two shortcuts:

  1. cycles over the windows of the current workspace

  2. cycles over the windows of all workspaces


Great for jeremija, but his code gives me an error. I found this easier:

if $(xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/cycle_workspaces)
  xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/cycle_workspaces -s false
  xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/cycle_workspaces -s true
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    +1 because I have tested this working in Xubuntu 14.04. Make sure to include #!/bin/bash and save as file with .sh file extension. Then run bash *.sh in Terminal to test. If you have opened Settings Manager > Window Manager Tweaks running on the same workspace, user can see the option Cycle through windows on all workspaces is enabled/disabled after the running the script each time. – clearkimura Dec 2 '15 at 17:43
  • Xubuntu 18.04.3, still working. – jirimertin Oct 9 '19 at 14:42

This is not exactly what you are looking for, but may help.

Sve this code to a file (don't forget chmod +x) and map a hotkey to execute this script, for example Win+Tab. This script will toggle the /general/cycle_workspaces setting so that the next time you use Alt+Tab it will cycle only the current workspace or all workspaces.

OLD_VALUE=$(xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/cycle_workspaces)

if [ $OLD_VALUE == "true" ]; then
  echo 'will now disable workspace cycling'

if [ $OLD_VALUE == "false" ]; then
  echo 'will now turn on workspace cycling'

xfconf-query -c xfwm4 -p /general/cycle_workspaces -s $NEW_VALUE
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You can customize what is included in Alt + Tab using Settings > WM Tweaks > Cycling.

Maybe in addition to Alt + Tab you want to use a task-switcher such as Skippy-XD:

In Xfce 4.10 you can easily bind skippy-xd command to Alt + Esc (or similar) in Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

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  • @snoop: I've rejected all your edits over the last couple of days. Not even reading them any more: it's too much work to actually let the (very few) good ones through and then re-edit the bad ones. – Fabby Oct 8 '15 at 7:26

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