'Cycle through windows' feature request

Nikolas Arend Nikolas.Arend at gmx.net
Tue Aug 3 09:51:25 CEST 2004

Sami Samhuri wrote:

>* It was Sun, Aug 01, 2004 at 09:50:07PM -0400 when Brian J. Tarricone said:
>>just so you don't think you're being ignored, olivier is on vacation
>>until the middle of the month (i think), and it's his call what goes
>>into xfwm4.
>Good to know, thanks. To be completely honest though I'm not sure how
>much I like this option anymore. It's great, until you have to grab the
>mouse to switch to a minimised app! Since I rarely use Shift+Alt+Tab to
>cycle in reverse I could map that to cycle all apps, but I think that
>may be taking it a bit too far.
>At least it was a good excuse for me to hack on xfce a bit. I really
>would like to get into it more now that I've had a taste. Are there any
>documents around that I might find useful?

Well, take the KDE window manager as an example. There you have two 
options to choose from that control the cycling behaviour: "KDE" and 
"CDE" style. When "KDE" ist set, then you cycle through all windows, but 
the windows don't pop up at once but you have small "display" showing 
what widget you're at. If you release CTRL-TAB, that window gets 
selected and pops up (whether it was minimized or not). I guess that's 
very M$ Windows like. I prefer the second alternative, "CDE", it does 
exactly what I described, cycling only through the non-minimized windows 
on the current desktop. Furthermore you can set an option to include all 
windows from all desktop in the cycle, but I don't think that's so great.
So, may KDE be bloated and one likes it or not, that is a good example 
IMHO and it improves usability with small effort. And I don't exactly 
understand what's the problem with the mouse.


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