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    Hey everyone!
    I just found a nice cool feature in Ubuntu, it is a -window switching function-, it is something similar to Vista came up with...
    I think there should be a page on the official website with these kind of really cool things in Ubuntu, so more people will understand why Ubuntu is great and make the switch.

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    Re: Cool Ubuntu feature!

    well maybe you should tell us how to do it dont you think

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    Re: Cool Ubuntu feature!

    These things are normal things for us...

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    Re: Cool Ubuntu feature!

    Quote Originally Posted by muse3332 View Post
    well maybe you should tell us how to do it dont you think
    Yeah,... you are right!
    Just hold down the -Windows key-, (you know, the 'start' key to pull the win menu up), hold it down and then hit the TAB key, to go on switching just press the TAB key over and over... and that's it.

    e.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juancarlospaco View Post
    These things are normal things for us...
    Yeah, well... but this is beginners talk... right?
    Besides, it is really neat to find new things.

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    Well unlike vista's window switching feature. Ubuntu (compiz) doesn't have a show desktop entry. I mean you can't cycle over to and entry that is meant to show the desktop. I hope compiz developers will add that feature in future versions.

    If you like to have more "neat" desktop functions/effects try installing CompizConfig Settings Manager. You can find it in Synaptic. You can make windows wobble, your desktop burn, turn it to a cube, sphere or cylinder. Beam your windows up etc. Try it its fun.
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    Hi, bilbo.san

    {I wish you'd put what type of Ubuntu you use on your user pages, so it would show up here} I went to do what you said, if I understood you correctly, ( I opened 3 windows and then held down the Windows key and hit Tab 3 or 4 times, but nothing happened. I like your spirit, and appreciated such a tidbit of interesting knowledge...don't stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Edgell View Post
    Hi, bilbo.san

    {I wish you'd put what type of Ubuntu you use on your user pages, so it would show up here} I went to do what you said, if I understood you correctly, ( I opened 3 windows and then held down the Windows key and hit Tab 3 or 4 times, but nothing happened. I like your spirit, and appreciated such a tidbit of interesting knowledge...don't stop.

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    It works for me, if only two windows are open it auto switches to the other window, if more than two are open it shoes a thumbnail of each window and allows you to use Tab to select which one to bring into focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Edgell View Post
    Hi, bilbo.san

    {I wish you'd put what type of Ubuntu you use on your user pages, so it would show up here} I went to do what you said, if I understood you correctly, ( I opened 3 windows and then held down the Windows key and hit Tab 3 or 4 times, but nothing happened. I like your spirit, and appreciated such a tidbit of interesting knowledge...don't stop.

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    This is a feature of Compiz called Shift Switcher.

    If I am not mistaken we had it in Compiz and Microsoft stole it from that project. But I may be wrong. I remember seeing a version of this in the last days of Beryl before the merge.

    All of the keyboard shortcuts are in the CCSM utility for each screen effect.

    I think Compiz is going away or out of development due to the new Gnome 3.0 with Gnome Shell.
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    Re: Cool Ubuntu feature!

    {I wish you'd put what type of Ubuntu you use on your user pages, so it would show up here} I went to do what you said, if I understood you correctly, ( I opened 3 windows and then held down the Windows key and hit Tab 3 or 4 times, but nothing happened. I like your spirit, and appreciated such a tidbit of interesting knowledge...don't stop.
    The window switcher function will only work on hardware that can take it i.e. graphics processor has to have a reasonable amount of power, and I'm very certain that most modern hardware has that capability. I don't think old (as in, older than 6 years old) laptop graphic chips have that.

    However, if you are certain that you have the right hardware, go into System ----> Preferences ----- > Appearance Manager. From here, click the "Visual Effects" tab, and then click on the dot that is next to "normal". If all goes well, it should automatically switch to it. However, if it comes up with a dialog box saying that "Desktop effects could not be enabled", then either there isn't a driver for the graphics chip/card or the graphics simply cannot take it. If it is the former, then there might be drivers/tweaks to get it working.

    Since I don't use Xubuntu, I'm not entirely sure if the instruction will be the same. If there's any differences, I'll come back here and edit the above

    BTW, Ubuntu special effects are AWESOME
    Last edited by Vignesh S; December 22nd, 2009 at 04:30 AM.

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