It's difficult to select a document file from a list of document files in unity.

Bug #829706 reported by Chen Liang on 2011-08-19
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


In unity, if I have multiple pdf files open at the same time. I can't look at the screen and select the one that I want to read. Instead, I have to double click pdf application icon to list the windows (first click to brint the top pdf to front, second click to list all the windows). Then search for the correct file and select the file that I want. Alt-tab has a similar behavior.

I'm a post graduate student. During my literature review, I usually have 5 pdf documents open at the same time. Sometime there are up to 10 pdf files open at the same time. Unity makes the selecting process extremly long (3 clicks) and resource costly (compiz windows listing).

I'm hoping that when I click on the pdf applications icon. The pdf file ontop will be brought to front, at the same time, other pdf files will be automaticly listed. I can either read the file at the front or simply select the one that I want.


Jesse Glick (jesse-glick) wrote :

Possible dupe of bug #832004?

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

one obvious solution seems like to show title for every window in the spread.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

Marked as 'Opinion' because this is a valid issue, and there are a number of ways this issue can be tackled but it looks unlikely there will be time to land any of the possible solutions for Precise.

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-12-08
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Mark S (zarg-) wrote :

Being able to right-click a launcher icon to go straight to one of multiple documents would be a HUGE productivity boost for me, and, I believe, make Unity a much better desktop. When I have to use Windows, I get used to having this useful functionality and then when I'm back in Unity I become exasperated. Is there any reason why this is not a good idea?

Danillo (danillo) wrote :

Hey, Alan Bell created a script to add a list of running windows to the application's launcher quicklist and set up a ppa:

If his script was implemented in Unity, we could get straight to the window we want just by holding and releasing one right-click.

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