Launcher, make Alt-Tab behavior configurable: Raise all app windows or just the most recently focused

Reported by Tom Wieczorek on 2012-09-24
60
This bug affects 11 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

Feature request as suggested in http://askubuntu.com/questions/127143:

Please add a configuration option somewhere to toggle between behaviors when clicking on a launcher item or selecting an app in Alt-Tab:
 - Raise the most recently focused window
or
 - Raise all app windows

See also: https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/959339

tags: added: needs-design
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
WoodyEckelzone (bcr497) wrote :

+10

I propose a more refined configuration option though
- Raise the most recently focused window (default)
- Raise all app windows for a user configurable list op applications.

When I develop in Chromium or Opera, with the browser on 1 screen and the debugger on the other, default behaviour really sucks. They are not separate instances but really belong together. I NEED to see BOTH with ALT TAB.
Same for Gimp in multi windows interface.
That's fundamentally different from LibreOffice with several documents for which default behaviour is fine.

I consider this as the biggest drawback of Unity, together with this:
Alt tab gives wrong amount open windows on multi monitor workspace
https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1010436

But last one one will practically be solved with above suggestion.

Tom Wieczorek (twz123) wrote :

That's exactly my use case, too. There are many apps that have one main "document" window and one or more dependent Tool/Inspector-Windows. The new default behavior drives me crazy ;)

Matt (avian00) wrote :

Add me to the list of people wishing for this feature. It is almost a daily frustration for me that not all windows from the app are raised.

David (dryrun) wrote :

I'd also like to request this functionality. I usually work with four terminal windows open, and switching between my code editor and the specific terminal window in which I'm running my code usually takes several keystrokes (e.g. one alt-tab to switch to the terminal application, and then one alt-` to find the correct terminal window) and at least 5 seconds of time. Contrast with the OSX-like alt-tab behavior, which takes about 1 second to find the correct terminal.

The problem is exacerbated by the alt-` graphical interface. The first alt-` shows all of the terminal windows in the current workspace, but the visual contrast between the windows is very minimal: just a slight red shadow, plus the text in the menu bar of the window. More dynamic graphics would really help, like enlarging the selected window, more color contrast (or even color vs. black and white), or blurring the non-selected windows.

Miguel Negrao (miguel-negrao) wrote :

I use an app (SuperCollider) with dozens of open windows at any time, it's crazy hard to get all the windows back in view !

Stephen M. Webb (bregma) on 2013-08-02
Changed in unity:
status: New → Triaged
BenE (b-essiambre) wrote :

Please make this a priority. This makes working with multiple terminals and apps such as GIMP quite a pain.

Pseudo-Nyme (pseudo-nyme) wrote :

Hi Unity community,

Please acknowledge that I am also +1ing this bug report. Bug #959339 says that Alt-Tabbing "should" only bring the more recently focused window: this is not true, what "should" happen depends on the user (for instance, some people wish to completely disable Alt-Tabbing altogether). In order to keep people satisfied with your software, you "should" properly distinguish between "by design" (objectivity) and "by config" (subjectivity).
Users like to customize their user interface, that is what "user configuration" is there for, remember? In the opinion of someone who never contributed to the Unity project, forcing (if I am not mistaken, the only way to customize the behavior is to re-compile Unity) users to always Alt-Tab to single windows is plainly stupid: obviously, some users want just one window, and some others want all windows.
If the bitter tone of this comment did not stop you from reading, please advise whether this bug is going to be fixed someday, or whether you intend to leave it as Triaged until the release of Ubuntu 57.04.

Best regards for your development efforts.
PN

PS: if anyone knows a workaround besides recompiling Unity or using scripts with PIDs and window manager controls, I would be happy to hear about it.

Jim Hart (jim-o) wrote :

Count me in on the "all windows for an app" option. When running a bunch of things and switching between apps, it's a pain to find the right window. Alternatively, a Mac-like behavior, the F9 key that shows all open windows as separate thumbnails, would be acceptable.

To post a comment you must log in.
This report contains Public information  Edit
Everyone can see this information.

Other bug subscribers