7

This question already has an answer here:

Is there any way I can replicate the Alt + ` functionality from Ubuntu?

It's like Alt + Tab only it just switches through the windows of the current application. For instance, if I have 3 file managers open and one of them focused, I can press Alt + ` to switch between the other 2 so I don't have to cycle through all other open applications

I really love elementary but this one thing is really killing my workflow. I often have multiple windows of the same application open and it's really convenient to be able to switch between them and filter out all the other open apps.

marked as duplicate by user170, Daniel Foré Feb 19 '17 at 20:39

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

  • For those of us not familiar with Ubuntu, what does the Alt + ` shortcut do? – Mike Wild Jan 30 '17 at 14:08
  • 2
    It's like Alt + Tab only it just switches through the windows of the current application. For instance, if I have 3 file managers open and one of them focused, I can press Alt + ` to switch between the other 2 so I don't have to cycle through all other open applications. – Haronious Jan 31 '17 at 15:21
  • @lemonslice - I think I have to agree that it's a duplicate only ther is no answer. Or the answer is NO. – user170 Feb 14 '17 at 19:04
  • Sure, but this is a legit answer. I think if it is not possible for now, we can file a feature request on launchpad but cannot do anything here. I mean marking as a duplicate does not solve the problem, but can help put bits together. – lemonslice Feb 14 '17 at 19:47
1

I think there is no such specific shortkey - but it might not be needed if you consider the range of options available without trying to get exactly what you know on other desktops.

Especially considering the workflow:

I think Pantheon workspaces are rather intelligent in that there is no new empty workspace and any fullscreen window can get its own workspace (Super-F); use the shortkey that shows workspaces (Super-S, Super-DownArrow, those can be customized) and there you can drop windows of the same application onto the empty desktop (the + button) to have a separate workspace for them.

enter image description here

You achieve the main purpose if you use the multi-window application (and only that) in its own workspace and then switch windows there with Alt-Tab. If you need more than one multi-window application, use separate workspaces for each app, and switch between apps by switching workspaces (Super--Tab).

The quickest way for me is this: starting first window of my application, then Super-F to get a new workspace, and any new window of that app will stay in that particular workspace; if I need a new multi-window app, start the app, Super-F again to get a separate workspace for that and then open the second window etc. If the fullscreen window is taken out of fullscreen (again Super-F) it might go to the previous workspace but it can be easily moved as desired either by going to the workspace switcher (Super-S, Super,DownArrow) or by using the shortkeys that move windows between workspaces.


Is it better?

This may seem complicated at first, but in fact it may prove easier than what you ask: if you had the shortkey that you mention and you used more than one multi-window applications (let's say Libreoffice Writer and Evince), that shortkey would only work for the selected application; to go from LOWriter to Evince you would either use the mouse or set separate workspaces for the different apps in the first place, in which case your ubuntu shortkey is useless.

I think this is just a matter of using workspaces or not.

  • Thanks for the detailed comment. I think this is a decent way to go about what I'm looking for in the meantime but I'd still like to see something like Alt + ` implemented. I guess I'll just need to learn Vala :) – Haronious Feb 15 '17 at 20:51
  • @Haronious - I think that workspaces serve no other purpose than grouping windows. – user170 Feb 16 '17 at 11:08

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.