Questions tagged [application-switcher]

Questions about Alt-Tab and similar keyboard shortcuts that allow desktop user to switch between multiple running programs, and sometimes to switch between a running program and the desktop.

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About switching terminals/windows/program in Ubuntu and Xubuntu

I am using Xubuntu. In the past, a colleague of mine enabled a useful option that allows keeping the OS'windows (terminals, programs, etc.) always on the same level. Even I click in one or another, ...
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Keyboard Shortcut: How to switch to previously active windows in another workspace

I have google-chrome (and other software) in Workspace 2 and thunderbird (and other software) in Workspace 3. How can I switch to previously active windows in another workspace, using keybpard ...
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assign alt + tab to single key

Assign Alt+Tab to single key like RCtrl key. I have tried changing it from settings panel but it doesn't allow me to change to single key.
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How to make desktops independent on Ubuntu 18.04 [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS 64-bit. I want to have independent desktops, so if I have app #1 on the first desktop and app #2 on the second desktop, I can't switch from app #1 to app #2 (by the word "...
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How to make alt+backtick switch only windows on the current workspace?

There are multiple questions and answers about how to make Alt+Tab switch only applications of current workspace, most notably this one. However, is there any way to enforce the same behavior to Alt+`...
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Windows are incorrectly grouped under applications

Sometimes my Windows are incorrectly associated to an application group. For example when I use the application switcher (Alt-Tab) I end up wondering where my chrome browser windows are, only to end ...
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KWin - Modifying the Task Switcher to raise all windows

(Apologies in advance if this question is too vague) I'm attempting to modify the behavior of KWin's Alt - Tab task switcher. A common situation: I'm working with an application that has several ...
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How to Disable Alt-Q Closing Application Within Switcher?

Too often, my left pinky finger slides off the Tab key and onto the Q key while I'm Alt-Tab'ing through my open windows, resulting in accidentally closing applications. How can I disable this (or ...
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18.04 Gnome: firefox (and libre office applications) appears delayed in app switcher

When starting firefox (and any Libre Office application), the application starts and is usable, but the application only appears in app switcher after roughly 10 seconds. That results in the ...
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How can I make specific URL patterns open via a Chrome application?

Similar as asked in this SuperUser question, I would like to enable a specific website to open through one of my google chrome apps instead of in a regular new browser tab The real case is I wrote ...
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Task switch (alt-tab) not working properly when in full screen

I am currently using Ubuntu 18.04 with the classic environment. Whenever I am in the full-screen mode (evince, chrome, firefox, vlc etc.) and trying switch the task to some other running process, it ...
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How do I switch windows using ALT+ TAB in Ubuntu 18.04? [duplicate]

I have opened 2 new windows of Chrome in Ubuntu. How do I select them using ALT+TAB? Every time I need to use mouse for this. Is there any way to do like in Windows?
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GNOME: How to get the grouped ALT+Tab behavior back

I use Ubuntu 19.10. I just noticed that Alt + Tab does not group windows anymore. I'm not sure if I did something or if it's the default behavior now. How do I get it back?
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Stop rearrangement of windows on Alt+Tab

I expect Alt+Tab and Shift+Alt+Tab to cycle through all open applications in a workplace in order or in reverse order, even after I switch applications (like in Windows), but that's not the default ...
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how to place application switcher only on secondary monitor?

I have two monitors on Xubuntu 19.10 with Xfce 4.14. When I use Alt + Tab to switch from one app to another the switcher window appears on the both monitors. As workaround I installed compiz and the ...
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Disable screenshots and leave only the icons while Alt-TAB on Ubuntu 19.04

I just upgraded from 18.04 to 19.04 and noticed that when alt tabbing, a preview of the app is shown instead of the icon. Can I set the Alt-TAB switcher to display only icons instead?
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How to switch windows of the application in Ubuntu 18.04 [duplicate]

How do I switch between windows of the same application in GNOME in Ubuntu 18.04? For example, if you have two Nautilus windows open, Alt+Tab will go to the next application (say, browser), but not to ...
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How do I switch between windows on one desktop on Ubuntu 18.04? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 18.04 and find in very inconvenient: Alt-Tab (switch between applications) can bring you to a different desktop. Usually I keep windows related to different activities on different ...
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Terminator does not appear in the application switcher and Launcher when using Unity in Ubuntu 18.04

I installed the Unity desktop environment in Ubuntu 18.04 and even though everything is working properly, the Terminator app is not being included in the application switcher, making it unreachable by ...
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Why is alt+tab not working when dragging out of Firefox?

In contrast to previous Ubuntu versions, alt+tab while dragging seems to work fine in Ubuntu 18.04. For instance, I can start dragging a file, alt+tab to a different application, and drop the file ...
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Disable Alt Tab MRU

How to disable MRU (Most Recently Used) in Alt-Tab and instead use regular cycling (like Ctrl-Tab in Chrome). I've looked in tweaks and dconf editor. I have Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS.
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Ubuntu 16.04 switcher icons disappearing

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 and have a problem with icons in the switcher disappearing. For example, I have Slack, Sublime Text and a Terminal open and they all show up in the switcher (Alt + Tab) but ...
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minimize button dissapeared on Terminator window

A week ago without aparent reason, the Terminator window stopped showing the minimize button (maximize and close are present). Also, Terminator does not appears while switching task with Alt-Tab. It ...
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Highlight window position with Alt-tab window switching (GNOME shell)

When I switch windows in GNOME shell with Alt-tab, I find it really hard to distinguish between windows just from the little preview thumbnails. Back in the old days, metacity (and Compiz, iirc) ...
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Grid menu for application switcher

I have been looking for a way to have a grid-like alt-tab popup menu in contrast to the default, single row popup menu. The only extension I have found that alters the popup menu is coverflow but not ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 alt-tab order is weird when on multiple screens — any way to adjust?

Before the upgrade I was using 14.04 and I was happy with alt+tab and alt+` behavior for switching between apps and between windows of an app respectively. Both showed me the items in last recently ...
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circular application switcher - how to show graphical display of all open application windows

Years ago I remember using an alternative to the normal alt+tab to view all open application windows where windows were displayed as faucets on the side of a 6 sided cylindrical spinnable carousel ...
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Window switcher appears randomly on any monitor in KDE

I am using 3 monitors and when I am switching between windows with Alt-TAB, windows switcher appears randomly on one of them. Is it possible to configure window switcher to appear on only one monitor ...
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GNOME task switcher and LibreOffice

I finally upgraded to 18.04LTS about two months ago and am still trying to acclimate myself to the GNOME 3.X DE. I noticed recently that the Alt-Tab task switcher doesn't update immediately with ...
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Can't Change Java Versions alternatives on Linux

I already read many similar posts online, but can't seem to arrive at a solution. I want to be able to switch between java versions. Thanks in advance! OS: Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS x86_64 I already ...
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Alt+Tab - want it limited to current monitor in Ubuntu 19.04

I generally use a quick flick of the mouse to switch focus between windows on different monitors. I generally keep the same application on a particular monitor so know where it 'lives'. I usually use ...
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How to display the app switcher and the top bar on all monitors [duplicate]

I use an external monitor and I've just upgraded to Bionic Beaver 18.04 from Xenial Xerus 16.04. The differences are striking ok, but the most annoying are: when I ALT+TAB the app switcher is shown ...
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How do I use the scroll wheel click to close apps displayed on Alt+Tab on Ubuntu 18.04?

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS. One feature I miss a lot from Windows 10 is being able to Alt+Tab then use the scroll wheel click to close multiple applications without navigating to them. The ...
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Prevent Alt + Tab from showing active windows in other workspaces (GNOME) [duplicate]

Is it possible to use Alt+Tab to switch between active windows in the current workspace only? The default behaviour shows active windows across all workspaces, effectively allowing me to switch ...
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How To Start App-Switcher from First Window on Desktop?

App-switcher starting from the second window While on Desktop, app-switcher skips the first window (google chrome in the picture above for example). is there a solution to make it start from the ...
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Is it possible to make a Window unselectable when using “ALT Tab” shortkey?

A situation image: Here I don't want to switch/use a Chrome Window which is below the VS Code. Because it gets refreshed automatically. I don't need to touch it. xdg-session type: X11 GNOME: 3.32.1 ...
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Isolated/independent workspaces [duplicate]

Is it possible to make Ubuntu 18.04 workspaces independent from each other? I mean, when I'm in workspace 2 and press Alt+Tab, I don't want to switch to workspace 1 and see Firefox. Instead, I want it ...
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How to stay on same app when closing window

Say I have Firefox and several Document Viewer windows open. When I switch apps to Document Viewer and close the current window I expect the next Document Viewer window to get focus. What instead ...
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ALT+TAB no longer groups windows under applications in Ubuntu 19.04

After installing Ubuntu 19.04, ALT+TAB no longer groups windows under the same application. Instead it cycles through all windows irrespective of which app it belongs to. In Ubuntu 18.10 it worked ...
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Howto enable instant Alt-Tabbing

Currently Alt+Tab feels sluggish because it brings up a menu through which I can scroll by pressing Tab multiple times. I'd rather Alt+Tab instantly moved to the next window. Same with FireFox and ...
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Sometimes the Alt+Tab window switcher gets weird and needs two keypresses to switch windows (the first Alt+Tab only highlights the current window)

This been happening to me once every few days or so, for the last several months. It's rather bizarre. Sometimes the Alt+Tab window switcher gets weird and it no longer switches windows on the first ...
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macOS-like app switching in Plasma 5

In macOS, you can cycle through applications (note: not windows) by pressing ALT+TAB. However, when ALT+TABbing in Plasma 5, you cycle through all windows of all applications, which can get ...
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Alt-tab behavior in Budgie task switcher

Most implementation of the alt-tab task switcher use a "most recent" ordering for switching to different applications. I.e. if you hit alt-tab once, it goes to the most recent previous window/app, ...
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Shortcut for switching to previous and next window in Ubuntu?

There doesn’t seem to be a solid way to do this. What I want to achieve is shortcuts to go to the previous window and next window. When I said previous window, the one that displays before the ...
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Is there a window switcher for GNOME that shows the actual window?

In Ubuntu 16.04 I installed a Compiz plugin with an alternative alt-tab switcher that had the nifty feature that until I let go of the Alt key, it hid all other windows and showed only the one I was ...
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prevent ALT-Tab from bringing all windows to the front

I'm using GNOME3 (under Ubuntu 16.04) and I actually like the ALt-Tab; Alt-^/` (key above Tab, varies regionally depending on the layout of the keyboard) bindings for switching between applications ...
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Asking for tool that effectively jump between windows

Most of the time I use mouse / Alt-tab to select windows in working screen. I don't think it's a convenient way. Is there any other effective way/tool that help quickly jump between windows? I'm ...
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Can I have a textual Alt-Tab functionality?

Once upon a time there was the fabulous window manager called "enlightenment". If you used it, and you hit Alt+Tab then you saw a small list of window titles below each other. Like this: user@...
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ALT-ESC to switch between windows --> window manager is hanging

I use Ubuntu 18.04 and I want to switch between two terminals. Since it is impossible to switch between two terminals with ALT-TAB , I use ALT-ESC. This works. But once per day the window manager ...
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How can Shift+Alt+Tab navigation be enabled in GNOME when Alt+Shift cycles between multiple keyboard layouts?

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 and have used GNOME Tweaks(1) to restore normal keyboard layout switching behavior where pressing Alt+Shift cycles between enabled layouts. I've also used Gnome Settings(2) in ...

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