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Old 3rd June 2011, 04:52 AM
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[GNOME3] Selecting window in activities overview with keyboard

I may be in the minority, but I actually like Gnome 3...it allows me to work in a pattern similar to what I've grown accustom to on the Mac.

One question I had, though, is when you switch into the "activities" overview screen and all of your windows are shown in an Expose-like fashion, is there any way to use the keyboard to select which window you want or is this only possible using the normal alt-tab shortcut when NOT in the activities screen?

Seems like it would be fairly obvious to allow the user to use the arrow keys and enter to select a window in the activities overview screen, no?
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Old 3rd June 2011, 06:50 AM
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Re: [GNOME3] Selecting window in activities overview with keyboard

yum install gnome-shell-extensions-windowsNavigator.noarch

Keyboard selection of windows and work-spaces in overlay mode.

Allow keyboard selection of windows and workspaces in overlay mode:
when you hold the ALT key, a number is assigned to each window
(displayed in the top left corner) and you can then press the number
to switch to that window:
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Old 4th June 2011, 05:05 PM
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Re: [GNOME3] Selecting window in activities overview with keyboard

Thanks. After logging out and logging back in, it worked as described. Seems like keyboard navigation in the overview screen should be enabled by default, since they claim that Gnome 3 is so great for keyboard navigation. Of course, it still seems like using the arrow keys to highlight the desired window and <enter> to select would be more intuitive to me, but this is better than nothing.
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Old 4th June 2011, 05:17 PM
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Re: [GNOME3] Selecting window in activities overview with keyboard

I' m sure such a extension will surface eventually. Gnome 3 is young and it is amazing there is already a small selection of extensions.

Gnome 3 is very plain and not customizable out of the box, but with extensions it is is possible to completely change the behaviour of Gnome-shell,
I think we will see some real innovations of using a desktop in a couple of months.

The era of applets will look very old and restricted when the extension building hits off.
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