GNOME 3 displays window titles in the spread, it helps if we can't identify the window by it's thumbnail, such as many Terminal windows open. Any way to display window titles in the Super+W screen?

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It has gotten a bit more difficult. The new procedure is:

  1. Install compizconfig-settings-manager Install compizconfig-settings-manager and compiz-plugins Install compiz-plugins via the Sotware Center icons next to the package links or in a terminal:

    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins
  2. Open CompizConfig Settings Manager

    Open Compiz

  3. Search for "Text" and enable the plugin

    Enable "Text"-plugin

  4. Search for "Scale", enable and open the plugin

    Enable "Scale"-Plugin

  5. In the Appearance Tab under Window Title select All Windows in the Dropdown

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  • Thanks for the update, that it's getting more difficult. It appears that another hurdle has been added. Is there a new trick to getting this behavior to work with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? Both Scale Addons and Text has been enabled. None of the Window Title Display options affect the way the titles are displayed. Jun 29, 2017 at 11:34

Install the package compizconfig-settings-manager, activate the plugin Scale Addons, go to the Appearance tab in the Scale Addons settings, open the Window Title area and change Window title display to All windows

  • Is there a way to activate this in Ubuntu 16.04? The menu configuration exist in CCSM, but changing the title display between No display, Hightlighted window only and All windows doesn't afect the behavior. It only shows in the Highlighted window. I have also enabled both the Scale Addons and the Text as mentioned in the second answer. I tried it on two different computers. Jun 29, 2017 at 11:27

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