Mac OS X like Alt-Tab Mouse Selection in Ubuntu

words by Brian Racer

I like how in OS X when I Alt-Tab I can pick a window or icon with a mouse click. I recently figured out how do get Ubuntu to perform in a similar fashion. First we need to install the CompizConfig Settings Manager (yes, you will need to be using compiz for this):

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Next navigate the system menu to System -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager. The app should start so next scroll down to the Window Management section and click on Static Application Switcher. Next click the Behavior tab and the last option will be ‘Allow Mouse Selection‘. Enable that check-box and exit the application.

It’s not quite as nice as OS X – you can only select by clicking, just mousing over won’t make each item the active target, but it’s better than nothing!

  • Alex

    Heck ! You saved my day, thanks.

    Not using Ubuntu, but getting aggravated daily by the stupid ALT-TAB behavior on OSX… at least, finally, thank you Brian,
    I can just click the app when the list of windows comes !!

  • Alex

    Heck ! You saved my day, thanks.

    Not using Ubuntu, but getting aggravated daily by the stupid ALT-TAB behavior on OSX… at least, finally, thank you Brian,
    I can just click the app when the list of windows comes !!