How can I remove “Show Desktop” from the Alt-Tab (application) switcher?

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It can be done!

I’ve uploaded a Unity build for 12.04 that fixes this (no Show Desktop in the Alt-Tab switcher).

To install, open a terminal and: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:izx/askubuntu -y sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unity

You can enable the “Show Desktop Icon” setting in the Unity Plugin in Compiz (using ccsm) to get the icon on the Launcher on the left:

If/when a new Unity update is released, Update Manager will download it automatically. I will try to “fix” the update and put it in the PPA as soon as possible; please add a comment to this answer to alert me if you upgrade and “Show Desktop” re-appears in the Switcher!

How did you do it?

I modified the Unity Source. It consists of two steps:

Comment out line 900 in plugins/unityshell/src/LauncherController.cpp, which by default adds the “Show Desktop” icon to the switcher: // results.push_back(pimpl->desktop_icon_);

Change line 1638 in...

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To make clear what is this question about, this is the Windows Task Switcher:

The closest to hide a window from the AltTab Task Switcher that I have found is the Minime tool, but it hides too the window from desktop, and I only need to hide its Task Switcher instance.

I need to see the window on the desktop, but I would like to hide it only from Task Switcher.

Some tools like those referred in this thread have same behavior.

Is there any method?

Additional Points:

Hiding the window from the TaskBar is not relevant here. It does not bother me whether it is or not there.

Why could I need that? The Bat! from RitLabs is a good email client, and has a fancy extra window named mail ticker for unread mails:

But I never write into this mail ticker window or use it (I never need it to get focus). So its presence in the Task Switcher is undesired for me.

The simplest method will be preferred.
Open source tools...

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I always struggle with this when installing a new version of Ubuntu, so I thought I'd post it here so I can find it myself easier next time

I am currently on Ubuntu (Unity) 14.04 Trusty Tahr, but I was doing the same in 13.10 and 13.04.

I simply don't like the default Unity alt-tab application switcher. It may work for a lot of people, but it just slows me down. For me it's faster to have a single application switcher that cycles through all open windows, possibly withing one desktop, but I'm not sure about that.
I am really not compatible with the default unity switcher that groups windows, for example terminals, together so when hitting alt-tab you can't (in an effective way) switch between terminals. Having a different key combo for that slows my brain down.

I realize other peoples preferences varies, that's why this post is so great, it shows you how to tweak it the way you want it (other switchers have a lot more options than the unity default...

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In Windows 10, there is an updated Alt+Tab user interface. It tries to show window thumbnails proportionally when you switch between windows. Depending on how many windows you have open, the preview size of windows is scaled up in size or made smaller. Not every Windows 10 user is happy with this change. Many users would like to get the old Alt Tab view back in Windows 10. If you want it back, here is what you can do.

While it is not possible to get the Alt + Tab UI which was available in Windows 8 and Windows 7, it is possible to get the classic Alt + Tab UI which was available in Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows. This is possible with a simple Registry tweak.
To get the old Alt Tab dialog in Windows 10 and disable the Task View-like new Alt+Tab dialog, you need to do the following:

Open Registry Editor. Go to the following Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Tip: You can access any desired Registry...

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I always struggle with this when installing a new version of Ubuntu, so I thought I'd post it here so I can find it myself easier next time :-)I am currently on Ubuntu (Unity) 14.04 Trusty Tahr, but I was doing the same in 13.10 and 13.04.I simply don't like the default Unity alt-tab application switcher. It may work for a lot of people, but it just slows me down. For me it's faster to have a single application switcher that cycles through all open windows, possibly withing one desktop, but I'm not sure about that. I am really not compatible with the default unity switcher that groups windows, for example terminals, together so when hitting alt-tab you can't (in an effective way) switch between terminals. Having a different key combo for that slows my brain down.I realize other peoples preferences varies, that's why this post is so great, it shows you how to tweak it the way you want it (other switchers have a lot more options than the unity default one).So anyhow on to how...

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"Alt+Tab" is one of the most frequently used keyboard shortcut (hotkey) in Windows OS. Whenever you want to switch to another running program, you just need to press "Alt+Tab" keys together and Windows shows you a list of all running programs with live thumbnails and window titles. You can select your desired program using "Tab" key or using your mouse cursor and it'll immediately switch to that program.

This "Alt+Tab" switcher screen can be found in almost all Windows versions and Microsoft keeps improving its functionality in each new version of Windows. In Windows XP and earlier Windows versions, Alt+Tab screen was very basic and simple. It just used to show program icons and names in the list. If we talk about newer Windows versions such as Windows Vista or later, we get a new improved Alt+Tab screen which shows running application names along with their live thumbnails so that we can see the window content before switching to them. If we talk about Windows 8 "Alt+Tab"...

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There’s more to Alt+Tab than just pressing Alt+Tab to switch between windows. There are a variety of hidden keyboard shortcuts that make the Alt+Tab switcher quicker and easier to use. There are also ways to customize the Alt+Tab switcher, reverting to the old-style, classic Alt+Tab switcher or disabling the window previews that appear while Alt+Tabbing.

You can even go beyond the Alt+Tab switcher that comes with Windows and install a third-party Alt+Tab switcher with a different design, more configurability, and additional features.

Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re like most people, you probably just press Alt+Tab and continue pressing the Tab key until you reach the window you want. If you’re using Alt+Tab in this way, you’re missing out on a lot of useful keyboard shortcuts 25 Cool Windows 7 Keyboard Tricks That Will Impress Your Friends and other tricks that can save you time.

Use The Arrow Keys: Press the...
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Here, is a simple tutorial that will enable you to customize application switcher in Windows 8. The Alt+Tab button is a very simple method of switching between applications in Windows 8.

If you would like to customize this application switcher then download Alt Tab tuner for Windows 8. Alt Tab tuner for Windows 8 allows you to tweak and change various settings; hence enabling you to customize the application switcher in Windows 8.
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I personally feel that the application switcher in Windows 8 is too big and takes a huge area of the screen. Therefore I use Alt Tab tuner to make the size of the application switcher in Windows 8 smaller as seen in the screenshot above. So follow the steps below and customize the application switcher in Windows 8.

Steps to use Alt Tab Tuner and customize application switcher in Windows 8:

The first thing that you are supposed to do here is download application. To do so just click on this link...
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If you usually have a lot of application windows open while working then I’m sure you frequently use the windows keyboard shortcut “ alt + tab “ to switch between them. The only problem here is that you cannot jump to a random window. You gotta go through the windows in the order in which they were opened.

If you are looking for a better alternative that can enhance this feature by giving you more options then you should give Switcher a try. This tool takes the task of switching between windows to a new level.

The software has some nice settings for you to play with. It may take some time to choose the best setting but, once you are done, it will give you the best result. Take a look at the screenshot below, which is result of pressing “Win + ~” key on the keyboard (notice the numbers). Just hit the number, corresponding to a window, and you could switch instantly. No need to go through other windows, like you do in alt+tab.

You can hide it on the tray, and...

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If you often use Alt+Tab to switch between applications in Windows 8, you may often wish that you could change it just a little. For starters, the thumbnails are a bit on the small size and so are the icons.

Sure you can dig into the Windows registry to tweak some of the Alt+Tab settings, but you really shouldn’t if you’re unfamiliar with registry tweaking.

Instead, you can opt for an easier method: Alt Tab Tuner VIII. It’s a freeware program for Windows 8 that lets you tweak the thumbnails, margins, icons, and more for Alt+Tab.

1. Download Alt Tab Tuner VIII from Winaero’s website. It’s a portable program, so there’s no installation needed.

2. Double click on the .exe file to bring up the Alt Tab Tuner VIII window. There are 4 sections here that you can tweak: thumbnails, margins, icons, other.

Thumbnails – You can tweak the size, horizontal spacing, and vertical spacing for the thumbnails. Margins – You can tweak the top, left & right, and...
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I am running Ubuntu 11.04 with the standard unity configuration. I often work with many PDFs open, using evince as my reader. However, from the small visual preview that ALT-TAB provides, it is hard tell which PDF is which. Is there a any different window selection mechanism which shows the filename of open files?

If so, that would be great. Thanks.

Other Tips. Are there any files in /etc/ or /home/ where the gconf data is actually written to? How can I make these work on a new system (preferably in terminal)? There are standard ways dumping/importing gconf settings in a working distribution; mine is dead now - I'd like to backup/restore the old settings. If I understand the question you want to copy settings from old system to the new one. In my backup scripts I just copy ~/.gconf directory which store all the settings configurable with gconf-editor. That works for me. There are other directories for settings of your GNOME desktop environment which you may want...

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overview

The default configuration option installed as standard is User Interface.

There are three further unity configuration options used in this answer that can be installed:

Note 1: In previous answers, the utility CCSM was extensively used as the primary configuration tool. The use of this tool is strongly not recommended and can break your desktop. In this answer, CCSM is only used where the other tools do not offer the configuration options discussed.

Note 2: Whilst Ubuntu Tweak is not in the official repositories, this answer makes extensive use of this GUI tool since the favoured tool - MyUnity was dropped from the 12.10 repositories due to stability issues.

Note that some changes only appear after logging out and in again (i.e. restarting X).

User Interface

Hit the Dash and search for appearance

From the Appearance tab you can configure the:

wallpaper theme size of the launcher icons

From the...

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In previous versions of Windows, ALT + TAB ("Windows Flip"), WINKEY + TAB ("Switcher," "Windows Flip 3D") and their touch-based equivalents were used to quickly switch between running apps. These shortcuts and actions are still available in Windows 10, though they've changed and improved yet again.

ALT + TAB dates back decades, though in Windows Vista this keyboard shortcut was retroactively renamed to Windows Flip, a term that few people probably remember, let alone use. But the theory has always been the same: Using a UI that evolved only somewhat over the years, you can hold down on the ALT key and then tap TAB repeatedly to switch between the available running applications, using on-screen thumbnails. When you find the one you wish to switch to, just let go of both keys.

In Windows 8, Microsoft added an edge swipe alternative to Windows Flip, letting users flip between running apps by swiping from the left edge of the screen. With this form of app...

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