Can someone tell me how I can get an overview of all the open windows? Like htting ctrl+s that shows all the desktops, but for the open applications?

Right now when I hit Alt+Tab it shows quite small tiles in the middle of the screen, is it possible to have all the windows fill all the screens? (Kind of like expose in OSX)

I have compiz installed, and "static application switcher" selected, but this doesn't have the result I'm looking for (and neither does "Application switcher".

Any ideas?


Super+W can do it but if you want to add Mouse Gestures to it, Like Gnome 3 you can do the following:

(as pointed out in comments)

  • Install Compiz Settings Manager

  • Run it, Go to Commands under General

  • Set Command 0 in Edge Bindings and come back to "Command" tab

  • Enter "xdotool key Super_L+w" in Command Line 0

  • Install package xdotool

  • That seems to be it. Any idea where I could add a mouse gesture to it? – I. Wanderer Jun 2 '11 at 22:33
  • gestikk or easystroke come to mind. Never used them myself. – con-f-use Jun 2 '11 at 22:35
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    @Sled: You can use CompizConfig Settings Manager to add a hot corner/edge. You could also add a launcher item. – idbrii Jun 2 '11 at 22:40
  • In what category is it that I can add corners? I'm sure I passed by it earlier today, but can't find it back.. – I. Wanderer Jun 2 '11 at 22:56
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    CompizConfig > General > Commands > Edge Bindings (Rider) – con-f-use Jun 2 '11 at 23:01

Install compizconfig-settings-manager.


scale plugin > bindings - initiate window picker or initiate window picker for all windows, choose the edge binding


use the window symbol + W this will show all open windows

  • This answer was already given.... – belacqua Nov 15 '12 at 0:23
  • This answer works and is simpler than the one ticked. Happy for it to be repeated. – Snowcrash Nov 5 '19 at 12:13

How about this solution: install xdotool

apt-get install xdotool

Open compizconfig and add a new command:

xdotool key Super_L+w

Then just select an Edge Binding and click a corner of the screen to use.


Press Super to see all open windows in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, OR click on "Activities" in upper left hand corner. Press Esc to revert back. You do NOT need to press Super + W as mentioned above.

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