I know there is a bug in 12.04 which makes the Super+W shortcut only show open applications/programs from the current workspace, not all workspaces like it should.

Is there a workaround until this bug is fixed?

Note: This is not off-topic or a duplicate of this closed question because a workaround now exists.

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    Note to mods and others: This is not off-topic or a duplicate of this closed question because a workaround now exists.
    – ish
    Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 16:30
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    I was and am of the opinion that even if there is a known workaround for a bug, it would still be closed as off topic. See Marco Ceppi's answer. While I personally don't particularly think it is a great idea to close a question if there is a workaround, I think we should be following a given convention, whether that might be changing the scope of the site or sticking to what's the norm at the moment.
    – jokerdino
    Commented Sep 1, 2012 at 10:08
  • Agreed - whilst there is a workaround - this answer will effectively become irrelevant once 12.04.2 hits and as such should/will be deleted. Close this question at the appropriate time the bug fix is released.
    – fossfreedom
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 12:30

2 Answers 2


A patched compiz-core which fixes this bug is available from PPA

  • As mentioned, this is a Compiz bug which will not be officially fixed until 12.04.2 (expected January 2013.)

  • But one of the compiz-core developers has made a PPA with a fixed version of Compiz that solves this bug.

To install from the PPA:

  • Open a terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T
  • Add the PPA with sudo apt-add-repository ppa:bsantos/ppa
  • Run sudo apt-get update
  • Update Compiz with sudo apt-get install compiz

Note: Installing this workaround will not break any future updates to compiz; between now and the release of 12.04.2, any official compiz updates may make the old (faulty) Super+W behavior return for a few days until the developer fixes it and releases the updated version to his PPA.


Terminal, Software Center, Firefox and Nautilus are open in separate workspaces:

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After installing the fixed PPA version, Super+W shows all four:

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Many years later, in the time of writing this, it is necessary to press Super+Shift+W.

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