When I use ALT+TAB to cycle through my apps I would like to have icons for all my open browsers. I use the ` (Grave or the key above TAB) but I really find that hard to use.
Anyway I can just use ALT+TAB only?
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Here is my solution:
compizconfig-settings-manager and open it (type
ccsm in terminal).
Go to Desktop > Ubuntu Unity Plugin.
Open Switcher tab and make
key to start the switcher and
key to start the switcher in reverse disabled.
Go back to CompizConfig Settings Manager.
Go to Window Management and enable Application Switcher.
Open Application Switcher and change key bindings of "Next Window (All windows)" to Alt-Tab and "Prev window (All windows)" to Shift-Alt-Tab.
Then you will start to use a different switcher instead of Unity's switcher.
The other option -which I'm testing out this week- is to have the ALT+TAB switch between apps, and ALT+| switch between windows of the same app. It sounds complicated but it works surprisingly well.
Use case A: You're on Firefox and want to switch to Thunderbird: ALT+TAB.
Use case B: You're on a Calc window and want to switch to another Calc window: ALT+|.
In B, you could use the old way of ALT+TAB, where it cycles through all your windows, but it can take a while to do that if you have more than a few windows open. With this thing, you always know where you want to go, and choose the quicker way to get there.
I choose | because it's just above TAB, so my brain and my finger don't need to move very far.
To enable this: System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Navigation > Switch windows of an application (it's just underneath Switch applications, which is how I found it).
Easy to test, safe, easy to revert, no need to install anything.
Before installing anything, try these key combinations:
You can see the three keys are neighbors.
Otuzbesli's answer works but for Ubunut 14.04 you need to install compiz-plugins in addition to compizconfig-settings-manager
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins
Just thought I would share this since I tried to follow the accepted answer but couldn't find the Ubuntu Unity switcher. I'm running 18.04 and I was able to change the alt-tab behavior by:
This will overwrite the shortcut for "Switch Applications" which is the default behavior for alt-tab
I'm running Ubuntu 18.04 running the Gnome shell. I installed Gnome Tweaks via
sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool
and went to
Extensions -> AlternateTab
and switched the toggle to "On".
This changed the window-switcher to not group by application.
I tried this and as soon as I launched ccsm:
Alt+Tabdoesn't work at all.
I was able to launch a Terminal using right click on desktop. Many people faced this under different situations. Solution always said reset
compiz config, delete
x11 config, delete
gnome config and launch unity with
setsid unit && unit.
For me it said:
(0)kash@Laptop$ setsid unity setsid: failed to execute unity: No such file or directory (0)kash@Laptop$
They also said launch
ccsm again and enable Unity plugin there. Well, it just wasn't there in the list of enabled or disabled plugins.
Many heart attacks later
sudo apt-get install unity unity
I hate the dev who made
After you install Unity, when you launch
ccsm, it has Unity plugin in it.
I had Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS running inside a VirtualBox with Windows 10 Host.
"Alt + F6" can be used to switch the window within the same application while "Alt + Tab" continues to be the best known combination to switch to another application.
In Ubuntu 19 just install
sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins
and then open compizconfig settings manager
Go to windows management on left sidebar > then select Application Switcher then just enable Application Switcher from left sidebar.
And that it, when you use Alt+Tab now you will see application not grouped in Alt+Tab dialog.