No way to sort open windows of an open application

Reported by Benjamin Drung on 2011-09-22
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Ayatana Design
Undecided
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Unity
Low
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unity (Ubuntu)
Low
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Bug Description

In GNOME 2 I was able to open a bunch of LibreOffice presentations and sort them chronologically in the panel. In Unity all LibreOffice presentations are hidden behind one LibreOffice Impress icon. There is no way to sort the presentations. There is no easy way to find the next presentation except searching all of them for the correct name. This is a regression for my use case.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Ben, do you have any suggestions for how this case be dealt.

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

Sadly, no. I couldn't imagine how to deal with this use case in Unity.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

I am marking unity bug as incomplete as we wait for design feedback on this bug. Its a valid issue but the way we handle unity bugs is we set the status to incomplete till we get input from design.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

There are plans to activate type filter in the expose, that would allow you to find the correct one by typing part of the name, not sure that's enough to solve your usecase though

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
Neal McBurnett (nealmcb) wrote :

Thanks, Sebastien. Can you point to more info on how a type filter would work, so we can continue to engage?

Jan Rathmann (kaiserclaudius) wrote :

Two ideas come to my mind that would greatly improve that usecase:
- Make the expose view show the windows in the chronological order in which they were opened (currently not the case). Furthermore the possibility to manually sort windows in the expose view by dragging them would be great.
- Show the window titles above every window in the expose view.
( - Show a close button for every window in the expose view. Is a bit offtopic for this report, but would also be very useful.)

Without features like these, having e.g. multiples images opened in Gimp is rather annoying IMHO.

Kind regards,
Jan

John Lea (johnlea) wrote :

When development of the spread is complete, the ordering of the windows in the spread will be spacial. When there are two or more windows with the *exact* same location, these windows will be ordered relative to each other by time opened.

While is is not a direct solution for your request, if all your presentation windows are maximised, they will always be ordered in the order in which they were opened.

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

One idea came to my mind: Add the list of window titles to the right click menu of the Unity launcher. Then I can right click on that icon and select the window by the file name (which equals the window title). This would be faster than searching thumbnails for the right presentation.

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