Super+W shows only windows from curent workspace

Bug #970188 reported by zzarko on 2012-03-31
This bug affects 5 people
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unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After few hours of using 12.04 beta 2 64-bit, Super+W shortcut doesn't display windows from all workspaces, but only from current. Restarting didn't help. Settings for Scale plugin are correct (Super+W should "initiate window picker for all windows"). Using screen corners also doesn't work (it only shows windows from current workspace). Now, there is no way to drag-and-drop files between programs from different workspaces...

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
José Lou Chang (obake) wrote :

If I remember correctly, this is a feature and not a bug.
Can someone confirm this?

zzarko (zzarko-gmail) wrote :

Scale plugin has action "Initiate Window Picker" that in 11.04 displayed windows from current workspace, and action "Initiate window picker for all windows" that displayed windows from all workspaces. In 12.04, both actions display windows from current workspace, and Super+W is mapped to latter. Why was displaying windows from all workspaces thrown out, when one could simply map Super+W to former action, I don't know.

In 11.10, "Initiate window picker for all windows" was the ONLY way that i could do drag-and-drop between maximized windows on same workspace, or between windows from different workspaces (I mapped this action to bottom left corner, and I was able to start dragging, initiate window picker, and select target window).

Now, in 12.04, because of this, there is NO WAY to do drag-and-drop between windows that are not visible at the same time. Or am I wrong?

In 11.10
- Shift+Alt+Up showd all windows from current workspace (which was for advanced users with lots and lots of windows opened in lots fo workspaces and which tend to learn more complex shortcuts)
- Super+W showd ALL windows from ALL workspaces. This is great for beginners and for lazy users(like me) with fewer windows but in many workspaces.

I use both shortcuts in 11.10 but in 12.04 both do the same thing

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, indeed that's not a bug but how it has been designed

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
importance: Undecided → Low
zzarko (zzarko-gmail) wrote :

OK, I agree about design decisions, but why Super+W wasn't just mapped to existing behaviour (show windows from current workspace), but instead, functionality was stripped from scale plugin? Is there any way to show scaled windows from all workspaces?

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

not sure, that would be a question for the compiz guys if they want to support that option, I guess open a feature request against compiz scale?

zzarko (zzarko-gmail) wrote :

OK, I'll do that. Thanks for your answers.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 933776, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

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