Win7 Alt-Tab 2.2

UUID: Win7AltTab@entelechy
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Win7 Alt-Tab

Provides an Alt-Tab like that in Win7: Thumbnails in the switcher, plus window previews.  The window title is displayed at the top of the switcher, for the highlighted window.  Thumbnails are arranged in a grid. In this switcher, the traditional manners of tabbing are possible: active workspace, active app, and all workspaces.  One may also switch workspaces while tabbing, or switch from tabbing all windows to the windows of a single app, like in Metacity.  Press the "Home" or "End" key to go to the beginning or end of the window list, respectively.

To install, unzip the archive in ~/.local/share/cinnamon/extensions/, and restart Cinnamon (Alt-F2, "r", Enter).

Based on the default Cinnamon Alt-Tab, with code from SavageTiger's Gnome2AltTab extension.


Version 2.2: update against Cinnamon 2.0; bugfixes and cleanup of code

Version 2.1: update keybindings to work with either Gnome 3.6 or 3.8 base libraries

Version 2.0: rewrite to make it work with Cinnamon 1.8

Version 1.8: more intelligent ordering of windows in the tab list

Version 1.7.2: fix several regressions, including the disappearance of thumbnails

Version 1.7: add use of "Home"/"End" keystrokes; fade icons of minimized windows; various bugfixes

Version 1.6: code cleanup/refactoring; prevent half-pixel blurring of thumbnails

Version 1.5.2: restore some Metacity tabbing logic; thumbnails show dialogs; bugfixes

Version 1.4: more robust logic for workspace switching while tabbing;

     show OSD when activating a window on another workspace

Version 1.0: initial release

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  1. kurienzach says:

    2 years ago

    This is a very useful extension. But for Cinnamon 2.4 it is not working. Please update it. Many thanks :)

  2. ZeeDigital says:

    2 years ago

    Works so far under LMDE cinnamon 2.0.14 Thank u! Regards, Zee

  3. botchy says:

    2 years ago

    does not work with mint 16. is an update possible?

  4. twa022 says:

    3 years ago

    using archlinux x86_64, extension no longer woks with muffin from git (1.7.1+)

  5. dandv says:

    3 years ago

    I'm running Mint 14. Display is great on a dual-monitor setup, only showing the windows on the primary monitor. Shift+Alt+Tab and mouse scroll wheel work. There's a problem though, regular Alt+Tab-ing takes 1.5 seconds to switch between the two most recently opened windows. That is, if you press Alt, then press Tab while holding Alt, in about two seconds the window list will appear. This delay is presumably to avoid computing the thumbnails if the user wants to quickly Alt+Tab between two applications. The problem is that the quick Alt+Tab takes uncomfortably long (vs. instant) if you do it more than once in a row.

  6. botchy says:

    3 years ago

    hi, I only get small program icons, not thumbnails, and a bit overlapping. could you check it. I'm running Mint 14.

  7. botchy says:

    4 years ago

    cool :)