Wishlist: Alt+Tab style switching for desktops in Compiz

Asked by Sridhar Dhanapalan on 2008-12-25

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This is a wishlist item, not a bug report.

For a long time, it has been possible on many GUI environments to cycle through windows in the order in which they were last used by using the Alt+Tab key binding.

Some desktops have taken this convenience further and added the ability to cycle through desktops in a similar manner. On Kwin (KDE's window manager), this is called "Walk through Desktops", complementing the standard "Walk through Windows" feature that is available just about everywhere.

This is especially for those of us who have >2 virtual desktops or workspaces open. I've personally got mine set to switch desktops using Win+Tab, to complement Alt+Tab for windows-switching. I already appreciate that you can move through windows linearly, but that is not useful when there are many desktops open. There should be a way to make switching desktops just as convenient as switching windows.

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Sridhar Dhanapalan (sridhar) said : #1

This might go better as a Brainstorm:


Chris Crisafulli (itnet7) said : #2

Asking in the channel to mark this wishlist. Thanks for helping make compiz/ubuntu better!

Chris Crisafulli (itnet7) said : #3

This can already be achieved by ctrl+alt+left(arrow)/right(arrow). Plus you can change the bindings to a single button similar to the window switcher if you want to.

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #4

Agree with responders, there is a variety of config keybindings available in CCSM, as there are application, -ring, -shift switcher, workspace switcher, place windows and so on and on.

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #5

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