Cannot move tabs between multiple Firefox or Chromium windows while using Unity unless windows are both unmaximized, unminimized, and visible.

Reported by Eric Appleman on 2011-04-08
92
This bug affects 20 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
High
John Lea
Chromium Browser
New
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
High
Unassigned
chromium-browser (Ubuntu)
High
Unassigned
firefox (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned
unity (Ubuntu)
High
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

With Metacity, one would need only to drag the tab to the bottom bar, mouse-over the destination window, and then release the tab in the newly focused window.

There is no equivalent behavior with Unity. Dragging tabs to its bar does nothing.

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Desired resolution:

Users should be able to move tabs between browser windows irrespective of window state (minimised, restored or maximised) by dragging and dropping the via the Launcher app spread.

Use case
1. User opens two Chromium or Firefox windows, with two tabs open in each.
2. User starts dragging a browser tab
3. Unity slides out the Launcher with valid drop receptacles highlighted
4. User drags the tab over a browser icon in the Launcher
5. Unity displays a spread of the two browser windows
6. User continues the drag, and drags and drops the tab into the other browser window
7. Unity shifts the tab to the other browser window. If this window is minimised it is restored and brought into focus. If this window is maximised or restored it is brought into focus.

Eric Appleman (erappleman) wrote :
description: updated
description: updated
summary: - Cannot move tabs between multiple Firefox windows unless windows are not
- maximimized.
+ Cannot move tabs between multiple Firefox windows while using Unity
+ unless windows are not maximimized.
summary: Cannot move tabs between multiple Firefox windows while using Unity
- unless windows are not maximimized.
+ unless windows are both unmaximized, unminimized, and visible.
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-04-12
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
John Lea (johnlea) on 2011-06-23
description: updated
Changed in ayatana-design:
assignee: nobody → John Lea (johnlea)
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: udo
Jason Smith (jassmith) on 2011-06-30
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Jason Smith (jassmith)
John Lea (johnlea) on 2011-06-30
summary: - Cannot move tabs between multiple Firefox windows while using Unity
- unless windows are both unmaximized, unminimized, and visible.
+ Cannot move tabs between multiple Firefox or Chromium windows while
+ using Unity unless windows are both unmaximized, unminimized, and
+ visible.
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Neil J. Patel (njpatel) on 2011-06-30
Changed in unity:
importance: Wishlist → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Wishlist → Medium
assignee: nobody → Jason Smith (jassmith)
Jorge O. Castro (jorge) on 2011-07-01
tags: added: backlog
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-07-05
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
John Lea (johnlea) on 2011-10-18
tags: added: udp
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → backlog
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: Fix Released → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Christian Dywan (kalikiana) wrote :

I'm unable to move tabs *at all* in Firefox 11 - looks more like an upstream bug than a Unity issue.

In Chromium I can successfully drag tabs between windows by pressing Ctrl+key-above-tab while holding the tab.

I'm still having this problem with Chromium in Ubuntu 12.04. Still cannot move tabs across windows.

Tim Penhey (thumper) on 2012-09-14
Changed in unity:
milestone: backlog → none
Tim Penhey (thumper) on 2012-09-14
tags: added: exbacklog
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-10-09
Changed in unity:
assignee: Jason Smith (jassmith) → nobody
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
assignee: Jason Smith (jassmith) → nobody
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-10-10
Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-10-12
Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High
Changed in unity:
importance: Medium → High
Marius B. Kotsbak (mariusko) wrote :

I consider this a duplicate of bug #607796.

Isiah Meadows (impinball) wrote :

Here's my opinion on this:
1. I could see the reasoning why it could be a dup of #607796, and reading deeply into both, they both may be smaller yet extremely similar cases of a bigger bug with the GUI of Unity itself (which may need to be brought up on Ubuntu's OS bug tracker/forums--links provided for each for your convenience).
2. That bug in its current context does NOT show in Raring with Unity on my machine, but on the contrary, the functionality involved described here (in this bug) simply does not exist (I've tried both browsers, combined with multiple restarts). It's kinda hard to repro anything that requires a non-existent feature. :(

OS: Ubuntu 13.04
Chromium version

Links:
[1] https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu
[2] http://ubuntuforums.org/forum.php

Isiah Meadows (impinball) wrote :

EDIT: that duplicate reference is in the appropriate place, and now that I started poking around a tiny bit there, yes it is most definitely a duplicate, but I still can't see it due to the second point on my original post.

Volodya (volodya) wrote :

What i do in this situation is to make one window maximised and another unmaximised, i then make the smaller window 'Always on top'. This is pretty much the only way to fit everything on the screen of a netbook.

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