I am considering enabling the ring switcher (or other) effects that come along with compiz extras on my Ubuntu 13.10. The default app switcher is not that much to my liking - navigating multiple windows of a same app is clumsy as hell and overall it's very old school.

So when I am about to add the ring switcher to replace the default alt-tab behavior, an intimidating :) question about whether I choose to ignore or resolve conflicts show up. Would there be a way for me to reset all this setup back from the command-line in case that renders my server desktopless as some people have reported about other kinds of compiz fiddling? there's a whole slew of stuff at How can I reset Compiz settings to default? and I really wonder which of them is the clean way if any.

Also will applying this change still be safe once I'd upgrade to the future Ubuntu 14.04?

  • Also other ways to spice up the part of navigating between all open windows in a smoother way, without configuring compiz! would be most welcome. As far as I understand, compiz is enabled in Ubuntu by default, but only the configuration utility of it is not. I hope this understanding is correct. – matt Feb 8 '14 at 14:55
  • Have you tried this: askubuntu.com/a/36165/9598 ?? – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Feb 8 '14 at 14:55
  • that's an ancient thread, can't be applicable to today's versions.... and I haven't screwed anything and trying to roll back, rather checking WHETHER there's a safe way to before diving into changes. – matt Feb 8 '14 at 14:57
  • I would give it a try. I know it is an ancient thread. But Compiz has not changed a lot since these days. It might work even if you haven screwed anything. Unfortunately I am not using 13.10 and I can't reproduce the results. Sorry if this doesn't help you. Good luck! – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Feb 8 '14 at 15:02
  • @matt have you tried my answer? – kamil Feb 13 '14 at 8:32

first install dconf-tools

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

reset Compiz and Unity by using the following command:

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

restart Unity after running the above command

setsid unity
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