Alt-tab switching weirdness

Erik Harrison erikharrison at
Sat May 21 22:05:13 CEST 2005

On 5/21/05, Tony Whitmore <tony at> wrote:
> I've been experiencing some odd behaviour from the Alt-tab application
> switching function of XFCE for the last few days.
> For example, on one head I have Bluefish (the HTML editor) and a Firefox
> window. I'm editing code in bluefish and switching to FF to view it
> using Alt-Tab.  The odd behaviour is this: The Alt-Tab function has
> stopped passing focus back to the application being switched to. On
> hitting Alt-Tab the small window appears in the centre of the screen and
> toggles through the applications on that screen. Letting go of Alt-Tab
> does not bring the last shown application into focus however. The
> Alt-Tab window remains on screen and nothing happens.
> The mouse is able to move around that screen, but not outside it. It is
> unable to interact with any of the items on the screen. The keyboard is
> able to interact with the application in focus, i.e. if Bluefish was in
> focus before I hit Alt-Tab, I can continue to type into the Bluefish window.
> After a seemingly random number of hits of Alt-Tab, the Alt-Tab window
> will disappear and the last application shown will be brought to the
> front and given focus. I'm pretty sure that no keys are being stuck
> down, and this only seems to happen on one head of the two. I have 4
> virtual desktops on that head and it seems to happen on all of them.
> I've not experienced this problem on the other head, nor on my laptop
> which runs the same packages and roughly the same configuration.
> I have a dual head setup (not Xinerama) using two monitors running at
> 1280x1024 on an ATi Radeon 9200, on a Debian Sarge system using XFCE
> 4.2.1 from I use a focus-follows-mouse configuration.
> Has anyone experienced similar or could offer me any tips?

Well you could try moving your Xfwm config somewhere, reconfiguring
and seeing if the problem goes away.

> Thanks,
> Tony Whitmore
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