can't alt-tab to dialog

Bug #16755 reported by Noah Levitt on 2005-05-05
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
metacity (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

To reproduce:

 1. run gedit
 2. press ctrl+f to open the find dialog
 3. press alt-tab

Now you can't focus the find dialog no matter how many times you press alt-tab.
You have to use the mouse afaik.

Same thing with any dialog in any application, it seems.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

I've opened a bug upstream about this:

Noah Levitt (nlevitt) wrote :

Dude, as I said, it's not just gedit, it's lots of stuff. That's why I said it
was a metacity bug. Most often for me, it's the cookie dialog in firefox. I'll
open a website, it'll be slow to load, I'll alt-tab to something else, and when
I come back I have to use the mouse to close the cookie dialog that has popped
up. (I have cookies set to ask me every time.) Prefs dialog in gnome-terminal,
prefs dialog in rhythmbox, same thing. I think it's any window that's "transient
for" another window, but not modal. It's not a bug to have such a window in your
app, it's a bug in metacity not to be able to alt+tab to it. (I reported the bug
here because I haven't checked if it's fixed upstream.)

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

(In reply to comment #2)
> That's why I said it was a metacity bug.

Upstream have this bug open on gedit. I'm not sure that's a window manager
issue, that works fine with other applications which use a modal dialog. That
could be a gtk bug too.
Anyway if you know what you are doing the right place to go with your bug is
upstream, not a distribution bugzilla, since the bug is an upstream one.

Anyway which is already open
upstream is on gedit for the moment so I keep the bug here to reflect that. The
package here doesn't matter since the bug will be solved upstream.

> app, it's a bug in metacity not to be able to alt+tab to it. (I reported the bug
> here because I haven't checked if it's fixed upstream.)

I'm not convinced that's not a gtk issue...

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thanks for the upstream bug. You should rather reassign/comment on the bug to
say to reassign than opening a new bug though

Noah Levitt (nlevitt) wrote :

Oh yeah, you're right, sometimes I forget the conventions...

Changed in gedit:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

window manager issue

Changed in gedit:
status: Unconfirmed → Unknown
assignee: seb128 → desktop-bugs
importance: Medium → Low
Changed in gedit:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
sam tygier (samtygier) wrote :

This and bug #57028 both link to the same upstream bug. it seems that they are different issues but being handeled together upstream.

This is still a problem in Gutsy, though the upstream workaround (alt-tab to the application, then alt-F6 to switch to the foregrounded modal dialog) works.

Changed in metacity:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Martin Emrich (emme) wrote :

I just tried this in karmic, and it works now as expected: The "Find" dialog is a window on its own and can be accessed via Alt-Tab. IMHO this could be marked as Fix Released.

Martin Emrich (emme) wrote :

Forgot to mention: I am using compiz now, so It seems to be unrelated to gedit.

sam tygier (samtygier) wrote :

i still have the issue using metacity, so i dont think it is fixed.

Changed in gedit:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Alan Jenkins (aj504) on 2011-08-19
affects: gedit → metacity
sam tygier (samtygier) wrote :

Still happens with the Open dialog in gedit (the find dialog is no long a separate window). Added Compiz, because thats the window manager now.

sam tygier (samtygier) wrote :

My bad. You can use Alt+` (key above tab) to get to the dialog in compiz.

Changed in compiz:
status: New → Invalid
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