When I get lots of windows on the Ubuntu 12.04 desktop, I can't find a way to see, find or select/raise the hidden windows. This is so fundamental an issue, I'm sure some mechanism exists for this, but I don't see it.

Please explain how to see/find/raise hidden windows on the desktop.

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    Have you used Alt+Tab ?
    – pl1nk
    Jun 2 '12 at 19:11
  • Thanks for showing me super-W and Alt-Tab. But is there some option or application that presents the information in a more textual manner? I see so many small windoze that I can't tell what they are, but something with tiny icons that say "firefox" or whatever are the app-names would be much easier to deal with.
    – honestann
    Jun 4 '12 at 5:54

You can use the Super+W keyboard shortcut to show a graphical overview of all windows; just click on the one you want to bring it up.

(Super key = Win key)


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Keyboard-only option - Alt+Tab

You can also use the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to cycle through all running applications, including minimized ones:

  • Hold Alt and keep pressing Tab to cycle.
  • Release both keys when your chosen application is highlighted.
  • Don't forget, <kbd>Super</kbd>+<kbd>W</kbd> only shows windows open on that workspace! :) For those who read this Aug 18 '12 at 6:49

Sometimes the windows are moved out of screen. Press alt+Space to show the window context menu, which opens on screen. Than use move to bring the window to the screen.


I'm not sure if this is what you seek, but you can use Super+W to show an overview of all windows.


You can also press Super+1 for the first icon on the launcher, and Super+2 for the second, and so on.


Another option that worked for me is turning (not clicking) the mouse wheel while hovering the corresponding menu icon. The window that appears this way is not appearing with other mentioned menthods.

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