I feel that the standard task switcher under Xfce isn't very good. For example it doesn't allow you to select an application by mouse clicking on it. On Windows for example, there is a program called taskSwitchXP, which greatly extends the standard functionality of Alt+Tab. In additional it allows you to select an application by a mouse click.

Is there a program with such functionality for Linux?


You can use Skippy-XD for this. It is a full-screen task-switcher for X11 similar to Mac OS X's Exposé feature, and works nicely with Xfce. To install latest development packages (recommended), use the Skippy-XD PPA (daily). In Xfce 4.10 you can easily bind skippy-xd command to Alt + Tab in Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

  • This may be useful if used with a different shortkey than Alt-Tab, as it doesn't extend the functionality of the normal Alt-Tab action, it reduces it: it only presents the windows but cannot cycle with Alt-Tab (you need to use the arrows) or select them with release (you have to use Enter). – user47206 Nov 28 '17 at 14:42
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    there's a fork for those in 2019 that want to use skippy-xd: github.com/dreamcat4/skippy-xd – pcarvalho Mar 27 '19 at 15:52

For those who are on Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 you can upgrade to Xfce 4.12 which comes with additional list and preview modes for Alt+Tab Window/Task switcher and many more improvements using this tutorial

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/extras
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo reboot now

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