Alt+Tab inconsistent behavior between Alt+<key above tab> and down arrow key

Bug #1716872 reported by Didier Roche on 2017-09-13
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
gnome-shell (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

There is an inconsistent behavior when you want to only raise the last focused window of an application:
1. Press Alt+Tab until the switcher is visible and you go to the hilight the desired multi-window application. Keep alt pressed
2. a) if you press the down arrow key, the first window of that application is hilighted and you can raise only that instance if desired
   b) if you press key-above-tab (² or ~, depending on your keyboard configuration), however the second window of that application is highlight, so you need to cycle back all the way down to first one to only raise that one.

I suggest that when the switcher is displayed, after an alt-tab with alt keep being pressed, the first key-above-tab press highlight the first window instead of the second (as if you pressed the down arrow key).

Changed in gnome-shell:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
summary: - alt-tab inconsistent behavior between alt+<key above tab> and down array
+ Alt+Tab inconsistent behavior between Alt+Backtick/Tilde and down arrow

Nitpick: it's ² on an azerty keyboard. I don't think that the bug title, which was more accurate needed time spent on triaging/rephrasing. Reverting to default title

summary: - Alt+Tab inconsistent behavior between Alt+Backtick/Tilde and down arrow
+ Alt+Tab inconsistent behavior between Alt+<key above tab> and down arrow
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-shell - 3.25.91-0ubuntu5

gnome-shell (3.25.91-0ubuntu5) artful; urgency=medium

  Changes for ubuntu session:
  * 71_smarter_alt_tab.patch
    - quick alt-tab (without showing up the switcher) switch only between
      the last window of the last 2 applications to be focused instead of
      raising all windows of those apps. (LP: #1716921)
  * 72_consistent_alt_key_above_tab_behavior.patch:
    - ensure alt + key above tab, when the switcher is opened, focus the first
      window and not directly the second one of an application. This is
      relevant as the select window part of the switcher is only raising the
      selected window, not the whole application. (LP: #1716872)

 -- Didier Roche <email address hidden> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:40:45 +0200

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-shell:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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