Saturday, September 13, 2008

Complete List of Compiz Keyboard Shortcuts

Compiz is one of the most important reason why many love Linux. Compiz is definately the best looking thing on a PC, even Mac OSX looks pale in comparision against Compiz. Ubuntu has included Compiz by default since Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) release. Many of you must have been disappointed to find out that the 'Cube' and other cool effects you saw in the Youtube videos is not present in Ubuntu. Well, don't worry Ubuntu has all the goodies installed you merely have to unlock them. For that you require an amazing utility called “Compiz setting manager”. It gives you an easy to use dashboard for controlling the Compiz effects. Make sure you have the necessary Graphics card available, I'd recommend EnvyNG for that.
Now:
1. Open a terminal window.

2. Execute the following command:
sudo aptitude install compizconfig-settings-manager


To open the Settings Manager, click System, mouseover Preferences and select Advanced Desktop Effects Settings. You will be presented with a large selection of effects to choose from.

Here are the shortcuts.
Desktop Effects1 Keyboard Shortcuts
Rotate Cube Mousewheel on Desktop
Switcher2 Alt + Tab
Shift Switcher3 Super + Tab (2 modes: flip and cover)
Ring Switcher Super + Tab - overrides Shift Switcher
Expo Super + E (toggle)
Film Effect Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow4
Rotate Cube Manually Ctrl + Alt + Left Mouse Button
Scale Windows Alt + Shift + Up Arrow
Show/Clear Desktop Ctrl + Alt + D (toggle)
Snapping Windows Move a window across workspaces5
Screenshot Super + Left Mouse Button
Zoom In/Out Super + Mousewheel
Transparent Window Alt + Mousewheel
Resize Window Alt + F8
Move Window Alt + F7
Add Helper Super + P
Widget Layer F9 (toggle)
Water Effects Shift + F9 (toggle)
Fire Effects: On Super + Shift + Left Mouse Button
Fire Effects: Clear Super + Shift + C
Annotate: Draw Super + Left Mouse Button
Annotate: Start Super + 1
Annotate: End Super + 3
Group: Select Window(s) Super + S
Group: Group Windows Super + T
Group: Ungroup Windows Super + U
Group: Flip Windows Super + Right or Left Arrow
1 Effects have to be enabled to see results.
2 To see the full effect, have multiple windows or programs open.
3 To configure: Go to Advanced Desktop Effects Settings.
4 Use left and right arrow thereafter to move to workspaces.
5 Disables Wobbly Windows.
Another tip, the 'Super' key is nothing related to Superman, it is just the 'Win' key on Windows.

1 comment:

  1. very helpful post.
    many thanks for sharing this article

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