I am looking for a clean and fast method to force GNOME in Ubuntu 14.04 to switch between active apps only on the current workspace when pressing the shortcut alt + tab.
Here is the solution I came up with:
Very fast & easy, without any installations/extensions:
dconf-editor(already installed on current debian/ubuntu distributions):
sudo apt-get install dconf-editor
dconf-editor(from the Dash or a Terminal)
- Navigate to: org -> gnome -> shell -> app-switcher
Set "current-workspace-only" to true
..and you're done :)
As an alternative to installing
dconf-editor and having to fiddle around with your mouse so much, you can also do this from terminal.
To create the
dconf write /org/gnome/shell/app-switcher/current-workspace-only 'true'
To erase it, going back to default settings:
dconf reset /org/gnome/shell/app-switcher/current-workspace-only
I would like
dconf-editor more if it could search through paths, properties, and values.
An alternative for people who want to tab through open windows on current workspace but also want to be able to tab through all open apps (on any workspace) this can be achieved by changing the keyboard shortcuts.
Under Settings > Devices > Keyboard (on Ubuntu 17.10):
- Switch Windows: Alt+Tab
- Switch Applications: Super+Tab
Actually, Ubuntu is going to have the Alternatetab as default on Alt+tab in the upcoming version of Ubuntu (19.04), while the current default app switcher will remain on Super+tab.
The other solutions here did not work for me on Ubuntu 18.04.1, but the Alt Tab Workspace extension worked.