Ubuntu: alternative to super-W and Alt-Tab?


super-W and alt-tab are the normal ways in unity to see hidden windows on the desktop. That's interesting and sometimes effective, but inferior to other "textual" techniques.

When I have lots of windows (which is when I need help finding them), the views provided by super-W and alt-tab often make the windows too small to recognize. This leads to slow and annoying repeats of super-W or alt-tab.

In contrast, if it would display an icon with the name of the application (like "firefox", "nautilus", etc), that would be much more helpful. Now, it is true that often we have multiple instances of an application running, so the behavior should work like this: only one "firefox icon", but then below the "firefox icon" there should be one more icon for each instance of the application (with text that indicates which instance, like filename, web-address, etc).

Is there such an option or application?


In CompizConfig Setting manager you can set overlay icons to the Scale windows plugin.

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You can even set a keyboard shortcut to display windows from just one workspace or for a group of windows of the same applications in the Bindings tab of Scale plugin.

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Plus there are a lot of alternatives in the Window Management section, just discover them and choose to one suites you more.

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You can use the ~ key to expand the icon while switching via alt+tab.


Now, a more 'textual way' should be that:

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Window-List applet is devloped by http://www.jameswigley.com/

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jwigley/window-list

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install window-list

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