Pressing alt + tab brings up a carousel of all the icons of my open applications, and by hitting tab I can cycle through them. By releasing tab it brings the window of the application I'm currently on to the front of the screen.

But how do I quickly and efficiently jump to an application that has multiple windows open? I often have multiple Terminal windows open, for example. But I have to cycle onto the terminal icon, and then cycle through all of the open terminal windows to find the window I want.

In OSX, an application with multiple windows can still be quickly 'tabbed' into because it opens the last window of the application that you were working on (I think). Can I emulate this behaviour, or at least speed up my workflow in Ubuntu? I want to jump between sublime text and the last terminal window I was working in (of my many terminal windows).

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    So do you want a specific terminal window or the last one? The OSX example you've given mentions the "last window" but you later mention "a specific window" of many.
    – user25656
    Oct 12, 2013 at 12:48
  • Edited question
    – Starkers
    Oct 12, 2013 at 13:01

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Pressing alt + ` will bring up the app switcher but only for windows of that application, if that's what you're looking for.

Also, Super + Tab will switch through applications by running down the Unity Launcher, and when you open the application with multiple windows, it will automatically open the last active window.

  • + 1 for super + tab (for fellow Ubuntu beginners, super is the windows button on PC, the apple button on Mac), but this doesn't work quite as well as in OSX. There you can switch between two applications (the last two you've used, out of many) just by hitting alt + tab. Is the behaviour available? If not, this will probably be the nearest answer.
    – Starkers
    Oct 12, 2013 at 13:16
  • Using Alt-Tab will bring up a small overlay of all running applications. Pressing it again will automatically switch to the last opened one (before the active one). Otherwise, I'm not sure what behavior you're describing, as I've never seen such on OS X. Oct 12, 2013 at 13:28

If you press Alt + Tab and get into the application switcher, you can press Up or Down keys to switch between different windows of the currently highlighted app.

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