Allow ungrouping window or application switchers

Bug #1296093 reported by Amir on 2014-03-22
This bug affects 10 people
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Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Dear Unity developers, please make it possible to ungroup same windows or applications on unity launcher.

Rapid switching between same applications would be much less painful if there was such option. That’s far more important than asking if users want a “Show workspace” icon among the switcher options.

Even Windows offers an option to disable application grouping in the Taskbar

Stephen M. Webb (bregma) on 2014-03-23
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Opinion
rojer (rojer9) wrote :

yes, please. however, in the mean time, there is a workaround - use static application switcher instead of unity switcher.

0) install compizconfig-settings-manager
1) close all apps (you'll see later why)
2) run "ccsm".
3) enable static app switcher in the "window management" section, disabled by default. it will report conflicts of key bindings, enable anyway. note: you want "static application switcher", not the regular "application switcher". yes, there are two, the regular one works but icons look screwy, don't use it. "static application switcher" is the shit.
3a) WARNING: this will cause session to re-initialize, and once i had it get completely screwed up and had to re-login. but this is why you closed all apps in step (1), haven't you? so you'll be fine. press ctrl-alt-f2, log in from the text console, "sudo killall Xorg" and re-login. or just reboot.
4) you'll note that ubuntu unity switcher is still active, we're not done yet. run ccsm again, go to desktop -> ubuntu unity plugin -> switcher tab and disable all the shortcuts (click the pencil icon, untick enabled).
5) still in ccsm, go back to window management -> static app switcher, which should be enabled, click on it and set shortcuts for "Next window (all windows)" and "Previous window (all windows)". you want "all windows", not just next/previous, which are also there and work like ubuntu switcher. set then to alt-tab and shift-alt-tab or whatever you prefer.

presto! easy-peasy.

but really, this should be an option of the ubuntu switcher.

benibur (mail1-4) wrote :

Definitely a must have, even more in 2016 :-)
the delay to wait for the grouped windows to be ungrouped should also be a parameter : 0 would mean "please don't group my windows" :-)

+1 :-)

Gonzhauser (gonzhauser) wrote :


I usually have on Chrome and two terminal windows open (one for compiling) and grouping of windows is a pain in the a**! Please undo this or at least make it configurable!!!

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