Pressing OS Key shows Lens in FullScreen Apps/Games

Bug #885544 reported by Glenn Chugg on 2011-11-03
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Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I've noticed that accidentally pressing the OS Key (Windows key?) during a fullscreen game will bring up the Dash/Lens, I think if it detects you have a full screen game/app in front that this should be ignored?

It may also be useful to have an over ride method, such as Shift + OS Key to bring the dash/lens to the front but also change the screen resolution back to default desktop size, eg many games use 320x240 or 640x480 making the displayed lens unusable anyway.

The very best Global hotkey would be a way to exit the foreground app/game and revert the Screen Resolution back to Desktop Default (such as Ctrl + Alt + Delete in Windows 7). Often a Game will crash, then oyu have to find a way to quit the game, then you have to find a way to revert the desktop resolution back to normal.

If there is an easy way to do this already it needs to be documented, I've made some manual scripts to do this job, but I am sure people wont complain if it's built in.

Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

Needs design discussion

tags: added: needs-design
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

bug 763680 which was fixed last cycle is after which dash appeared over fullscreen apps

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

as a workaround you could disable the <super> key to reveal dash in CCSM

Alan Bell (alanbell) wrote :

I wonder if it would be possible to specify a particular workspace as not having the launcher and panel, so you could launch your game thing over there and not have the launcher pop up over it, or ctrl+alt+cursors to a different workspace (perhaps one with a fullscreen gedit) and hit the super key and have the launcher appear.

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