Alt-Tab - show the window that will be focused by an ALT+TAB release as the user cycles through apps and windows in ALT+TAB

Bug #1239092 reported by Miroslav Hadzhiev on 2013-10-12
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
John Lea
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

There must be a way to have the instant "Bring-to-Front" feature under Ubuntu while "Alt+Tab" are being hold. :) Just as it is under you know which OS. :) As it is under Windows 7: when "alt+tab" are hit, almost immediately the next app window is brought to the front (above all other open windows) without letting the "alt+tab" keys. I mean without needing the keys to be let.


This behaviour is typical even for KDE. And it's configurable under GNOME 3.

Note from design:

+1 on experimenting with this idea, but we will need to review a PPA of this change before it lands in Ubuntu

description: updated
Stephen M. Webb (bregma) wrote :

Adding ayatana-design to review the suggestion and comment. Marking as incomplete pending design review.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Triaged → Incomplete
John Lea (johnlea) on 2013-10-15
description: updated
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → John Lea (johnlea)
importance: Undecided → Medium
tags: added: udp
summary: - bring to front the window to show on "alt + tab" hold
+ Alt-Tab - show the window that will be focused by an ALT+TAB release as
+ the user cycles through apps and windows in ALT+TAB
Miroslav Hadzhiev (xtigyro) wrote :

Superb! I'm glad that my idea is accepted because this feature is VERY important according to me. It speeds up by a GREAT margin my work under Windows 7.
However, I have a question... why is the bug report marked as "fix committed"? :)

Stephen M. Webb (bregma) wrote :

@Miroslav: the "Ayatana Design" task of the bug is marked as "Fix Committed." Many bugs required tasks to be completed by several different people or groups before it's finally resolved. In this case, the bug is still open upstream in Unity and a task also still open to track its release into the Ubuntu distribution.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
Miroslav Hadzhiev (xtigyro) wrote :

Now I understand, thank you.
And I hope the idea is not hard to be implemented.

tags: added: rls-w-incoming
tags: added: rls-x-incoming
removed: rls-w-incoming
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