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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.

  • For those of us not familiar with Ubuntu, what does the Alt + ` shortcut do? – Mike Wild Jan 30 '17 at 14:08
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    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
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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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