In Unity, the default behavior of the Alt+Tab key combination is to switch between applications. If you have multiple windows open from the same application, they are grouped together. However, you might prefer to browse through all windows individually without grouping them. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to make Alt+Tab browse through all windows in Unity.
To make Alt+Tab browse through all windows in Unity, you need to install the CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM). After installing CCSM, open it and navigate to the Ubuntu Unity Plugin. Disable the switcher options and enable the Application Switcher plugin. Change the key bindings for "Next Window (All windows)" to Alt-Tab and "Prev window (All windows)" to Shift-Alt-Tab. Now, you will be able to browse through all your windows individually without grouping them.
Before you start, you should have a basic understanding of the Unity interface and the terminal command line. You should also have administrative access to your system.
Step 1: Install CompizConfig Settings Manager
The first step is to install the CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM). CCSM is a configuration tool for Compiz with which you can tweak various settings.
Open your terminal and type the following command:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
This command uses the
apt-get package handling utility. The
install option tells
apt-get to install the package, and
compizconfig-settings-manager is the name of the package.
Step 2: Open CompizConfig Settings Manager
After installing CCSM, you can open it by typing
ccsm in the terminal.
Step 3: Navigate to Ubuntu Unity Plugin
In the CompizConfig Settings Manager, navigate to Desktop > Ubuntu Unity Plugin.
Step 4: Disable Switcher Options
Open the Switcher tab in the Ubuntu Unity Plugin settings. Here, you will find options for “Key to start the switcher” and “Key to start the switcher in reverse”. Disable both these options.
Step 5: Enable Application Switcher Plugin
Go back to the main CompizConfig Settings Manager window and navigate to Window Management. Here, enable the Application Switcher plugin.
Step 6: Change Key Bindings
Finally, open the Application Switcher plugin and change the key bindings for “Next Window (All windows)” to Alt-Tab and “Prev window (All windows)” to Shift-Alt-Tab.
Now, when you use Alt+Tab, you will be able to browse through all your windows without them being grouped.
The steps mentioned above are specific to Unity. If you are using a different version of Ubuntu or a different desktop environment, the steps may vary. Always remember to be careful when changing system settings, as incorrect settings can cause system instability. If you encounter any issues, you can always reset your CompizConfig Settings Manager to its default settings.
By following these steps, you can customize your Alt+Tab behavior to suit your preferences and enhance your productivity. Happy browsing!
No, these steps are specific to Unity. If you are using a different desktop environment, the steps may vary.
Yes, you can reset your CompizConfig Settings Manager to its default settings.