Alt + Tab

Hal Burgiss hal at
Mon Jun 8 10:27:11 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jun 07, 2009 at 10:47:30PM -0500, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
> I'd like to go on record as thinking Compiz not to be the culprit.  I
> enable/disable it several times a day (youtube won't run at full-screen
> with it enabled) and have no problem with <Alt><tab> either way.  
> There are several different application switchers under Window
> Management in CCSM, the first of which, at least on my Hardy box
> and CCSM 0.7.6-Oubuntu1~ppa1 from, is Application
> Switcher and has the <Alt><Tab> keybinding.  Is it maybe disabled on
> your machine?

Good question. I always assumed this was a static feature of gnome.
The keybinding is definitely set under System > Preferences. I don't
see a preference setting for any kind of application switcher. So
maybe its gone to lala land. In any case, restarting X solves all Alt
key problems. Going into compiz and back out causes problems. Not sure
its 100% of the time or not, but there seems to be a connection

> The Static Application Switcher has the same default keybinding.  Are
> both possibly enabled?  That would likely cause problems.
> Personally, I keep the first one, Application Switcher, on for my wife
> as she is used to it, and Stack Window Switcher for me which defaults
> to <Super><Tab> and have no problems with either.  I'm interested to
> find out what the real problem actually is.  Did you mention upthread
> which Ubuntu you are using?



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