I'm using Gnome Shell.
Alt+Tab shows all opened application windows from all virtual desktops. It becomes impossible to use when many windows are opened. Is it possible to show only these apps which are on active desktop?
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There is a Gnome Shell extension that does this: Alt Tab Workspace.
You could also directly enable this behavior in the default switcher by running:
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.app-switcher current-workspace-only true
which is what the extension does under the hood.
One potential option you may wish to consider is the Gnome-Shell Alternate Tab extension
It is the traditional Window-based Alt-Tab switcher that Ubuntu users have grown up with.
It doesnt meet your question "active desktop" criteria - however it does make switching more obvious and easier when you have multiple windows opened.
It is packaged in a PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing sudo apt-get update sudo gnome-shell-extensions-alternate-tab
As with all PPAs - these are testing for testing purposes. Either have a full backup you can restore with or use
ppa-purge to remove the PPA
sudo ppa-purge ppa:ricotz/testing
Two ways to solve the problem.
Install a plugin which modifies the behaviour of Alt+Tab to conventional methode. Then it shows all the opened windows go http://fpmurphy.com/gnome-shell-extensions You will find the plugin.
The current Alt+Tab feature is good. You try to understand it in a different way. let me explain. your Alt+Tab will show opened applications. if you have more than one window opened for a same applicaiton then use Alt+~ to switch between windows. It will automatically select the desktop. to change application use Alt+Tab and to change window of same applicaiton Alt+~ that is great way.
dconf-editor provides this feature as an option:
$ sudo apt-get install dconf-editor
This launch an graphical interface of system configuration database.
Navigate into it to
org > gnome > shell > app-switcher and then, check the
current-workspace-only checkbox option.
dconf window and try
Alt+Tab. It should work as expected now.