Title says it all.

Instead of popping out in front of all the open windows, the task switcher is stuck in the back. At first, I thought it just didn't work - and then I closed some of the windows, I saw it was just kinda stuck in the back.

Screenshot of switcher behind an application window in Ubuntu 16.04

EDIT 07.12.2017: Tried the fixes in the comments and answer below, no cigar.

  • Do you have clean Ubuntu 16.04 installation? – j123b567 Apr 2 '17 at 13:27
  • @j123b567 that I do indeed. Also, that's a catch-all. Try something more specific if you may:) – t0mgs Apr 3 '17 at 15:30
  • Can you please add a screenshot? – rubo77 Apr 4 '17 at 11:47
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    askubuntu.com/questions/214060/… this may work for you ! – Ali Razmdideh Apr 6 '17 at 11:07
  • I've just started getting this same problem, a screenshot is tricky - as alt+printscreen whilst already holding alt+tab behaves a bit strangely. – Andrew M Nov 23 '17 at 13:47

I solved it by using CompizConfig Settings Manager. Go to Window Management and enable Application Switcher. By doing so I got a popup telling me that there were conflicting bindings with another plugin. Click Resolve conflicts, and set x anyway on the following dialogs.

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I don't know the cause - but a reboot fixed it for me. I'm sure lighter-weight solutions must be possible.

Looking forward to someone providing a better answer.

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I've seen this issue several times, including just this morning.

Based on the discussion here: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1860967, I tried unity --replace from the command line.

The good news is that it fixed the issue; the bad news is it's only a bit less drastic than logging out or rebooting; it immediately killed almost all my GUI apps (only gedit and the terminal window remained).

Incidentally, there was a somewhat nonsensical message in the terminal: WARNING: This is for compatibility with other desktop interfaces please use unity without --replace.

I have no idea what that means, or what we should type instead. But this command did put my task switcher back on top.

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