Launcher - Spread behaviour across workspaces can be confusing

Bug #971378 reported by Rishi Gadhok on 2012-04-02
This bug affects 2 people
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Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have no other way of bringing this up, that I know of. Hence I'm reporting this as a bug.

Prior to some recent updates, clicking on a launcher icon, for a program with multiple windows open, would display ALL the related windows, across ALL the workspaces together, so that the user may select which window he needs to select.

Now, It only shows windows open in the current workspace. And if it's not in the current workspace, it takes you to the worskpace in which the window instance was last used.

This behaviour is too confusing. Even the Super+w combination only brings up windows in the current workspace. Completely ignores the key bindings in the compize plugins which relate to this function. Which is unexpected behaviour.

It used to work more predictably before. If anything, I suggest you have a Super+w to show windows of current workspace, and ALT+super+w for all workspaces.

Why change something that was perfectly usable?

Rishi Gadhok (rishigadhok) wrote :

Unity behaviour is definitely broken.

1. With multiple windows of a program open, clicking on the program icon only shows two windows in the overview mode. The icon in the launcher however DOES indicate 3 or more windows open. (3 white dots)

2. Selecting the non active window (the one which is in the background) does not bring it forth and it remains hidden under other windows.

3. Sometimes, clicking on icon with an open window does not bring up the window at all. I've completely lost thunderbird like this. No idea where it disappeared to.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
summary: - Launcher Multi window/Multiple Viewport display is too confusing
+ Launcher - Spread behaviour across workspaces can be confusing
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
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