Friday, March 6, 2015

XFCE window manager tab setting switch window key

XFCE on cubox comes with a setting such that the tab character switches windows, rather than auto completing.

info on this page:


Without changing any settings, use control-i to autocomplete.

Try using Ctrl-I instead of tab

For changing the setting in the XFCE xml config:


find the line 

<property name="&lt;Super&gt;Tab" type="string" value="switch_window_key"/>

and change it to 

<property name="&lt;Super&gt;Tab" type="empty"/>

reboot or whatever and then tab will work properly!

I have no idea why but when using vnc this file seems to override tab's normal behavior and makes it into a switch window key.

On Ubuntu 14.04, the xfce4 somehow resets the xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml file each time you log in, so one needs a method to change the default

the Window manager keyboard shortcuts don't include a setting for the tab-complete Super tab, so it must be edited somewhere else.

Explanation of how to find and change what settings are in the Window Manager->Keyboard tab is here

Found explanation:
change "Switch window for same application" to clear from "alt tab"


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