I'm using ubuntu 11.04 with unity-2d but without compiz because my computer has a two-screen setup. I'd like to know if there's any way of having a view of all active applications running like Mac OS X' Expose feature. Super+w doesn't work on unity-2d, which is a recognized bug. I've noticed some related topics (for example : Can Unity display a Launcher icon for Spread Mode?) but all are based on compiz and therefore are not relevant for me. Does anyone has a clue on how to do this whithout compiz? Thanks for your help


  • when i was searching for some stuff i found this blog urukrama.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/… . It is about application that provides expose like behaviour in openbox, maybe it can do same in ubuntu. Try it if you want to
    – Denwerko
    Jul 4, 2011 at 14:10

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The program that does this has been a plugin for Compiz for some time. I have not seen this replicated in any other porgram, though i've seen similar in KWin (for KDE; don't use if you are on Gnome/Unity)


I had searched this functionality for xfce but everytime I crash back to compiz. This functionality is given by scale plugin in compiz. Basically skippy is something not related to window managers as @Denwerko link points out but its long dead project. So for now its either compiz or KWin so you may try compiz as unity-2d itself will be using compiz

Here is how you use compiz with unity-2d

This may also interest you.

  • Thanks for all these information. I will try this but don't know if it will work since (as I mentionned before) Compiz cannot run because of my dual screen setup.
    – Cowboydan
    Sep 8, 2011 at 8:07
  • After some more searching I found cairo-compmgr.tuxfamily.org to have a plugin called mosaic which does somewhat like expose and the better thing is it can be run on top of our window manager but seems the application is still in its infancy and only keyboard shortcut can be set. You can give it a try. Sep 23, 2011 at 5:07

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