I have set up Compiz and my desktop in a way that I really like that maximizes my screen real estate on my 10' netbook, but there is a small annoyance that I would like to know if I could change.

The set up

Ubuntu 11.04 using Ubuntu Classic with Compiz on an Asus eee 1015PEM. I have a 3x3 desktop wall with all windows set to maximize on creation, and a single gnome-panel at the top that is set to auto-hide. I'm using the Static Application switcher plugin for controlling my Tab behavior, but I'm not necessarily attached to it. The modification I've made to that plugin is that I have set Tab to cycle between all windows on all workspaces, instead of just the windows on the current workspace.

The problem

I would like Tab to cycle between any windows on the current workspace before other workspaces. For example, if I have chrome on workspace (1,1), gedit on workspace (1,2), and I open a terminal on workspace (1,2), I would like the tab order to be terminal, gedit, chrome, regardless of the time of creation.

Is there a way to do this?

  • This is the new capability available in 11.10 - I dont think this is possible in 11.04.
    – fossfreedom
    Oct 6, 2011 at 15:06
  • Really? That is fantastic, considering it'll be out in just a few days. I guess I'll just wait until then and bear with it for another week. Thanks
    – bheklilr
    Oct 6, 2011 at 16:02
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    @fossfreedom will you please add that as an answer ?
    – Panther
    Feb 29, 2012 at 22:18
  • And a very fine answer it it, thank you so much
    – Panther
    Mar 2, 2012 at 19:18

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Whilst 11.04 doesnt have this capability, you be glad to know that there is a useful new option in 11.10 (oneiric).

In CCSM there is an option to bias the windows on the current workspace/viewport. What this means is that all the windows in the viewport appear in ALT+Tab switcher before other windows in other workspaces

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how to change

In CCSM use the option highlighted:

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