Ubuntu: How do I get alt-tab to cycle through all open windows on GNOME Classic?


I am using Ubuntu 11.10 with "Gnome classic (no effects)" at login. Using alt+tab cycles between windows on current desktop. How can I set it to cycle through ALL open windows?

Well, I have done as proposed, here is what happened: when I pressed Alt+Tab, it still showed only window icons from current desktop. Furthermore, I could only switch between the two most recently used windows with a single Tab press. Releasing the Tab and pressing again closed the window chooser.

Another try after logout-login gave another result: pressing Alt+Tab just showed the main menu.

More ideas are welcome.


A bug has been reported to Launchpad on this issue. Until it's resolved, install Compiz Config Settings Manager, then use the "Scale" settings there to set ALT-TAB as you want it. Works nicely, actually.


I had the same problem.

Looking in System Settings â†' Keyboard â†' Shortcuts â†' Navigation, I realized that Alt+Tab combination was assigned to two different options:

  • Moving through applications
  • Change windows directly

(My system is in Spanish, so I hope the translations are accurate enough)

Assigning a new combination to the last one solved my problem! I hope this helps you.


Under "System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > System > Show the activities overview" you can set alt+tab, which then should cycle through all open windows and applications, on all workspaces, no matter if active/in use or inactive.

I tested it in Gnome-Classic and it works fine! Please let us know, if that solves your problem!


Edit: Gnome Shell Extensions that might do the job:

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