Expose / Mission Control / Window Pick in Ubuntu 14.04 / 16.04

by Anoop Naik on 20th August, 2017 last updated 20th August, 2017


Expose / Mission Control in Mac is a feature which offers a bird’s-eye view of all your open windows, minimized windows, making it easy to switch between them.

You can have the same functionality in Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 16.04 using CompizConfig Settings Manager.

Installing CompizConfig Settings Manager

Open Terminal by following below steps:

Click the “Search your computer” icon on top-left of Ubuntu Dock.


Search for “terminal


Click the icon to launch Terminal

Copy the below commands (one line at a time), paste in the terminal and press “Enter” to run the command.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager


Now that CompizConfig Settings Manager is installed, you can use Super + W shortcut to use Window Picker functionality.

Note: Super button above means Windows button or Command button ⌘ on Mac. Press Super and W buttons together to use Window Picker.

Setting up middle mouse button to initiate Window Picker

Open the CompizConfig Settings Manager

Click the “Search your computer” icon on top-left of Ubuntu Dock.


Search for “compiz


Click the icon to launch CompizConfig Settings Manager.

Click “OK” for the dialog box that appears at the start.ubuntu-compiz-warning

Scroll down to “Window Management” section and click “Scale” plugin.ubuntu-compiz-scale-plugin

Click on the “Bindings” tab.ubuntu-compiz-scale-bindings

There is a “Initiate Window Picker” option with a Mouse symbol at the start of the line. Click on “Disabled” button along that line.ubuntu-compiz-scale-bindings-mouse-window-picker-shortcut

Select “Enabledubuntu-compiz-scale-edit-initiate-window-picker

At the bottom, select “Button 2” from the drop down and click “OK”.ubuntu-compiz-scale-edit-initiate-window-picker-2

Select “Button Bindings Toggle Scale Mode” and close the CompizConfig Settings Manager.ubuntu compiz window picker Button Bindings Toggle Scale Mode

Now, you can use both middle mouse button or Super+W shortcut to get a view of all open/minimized windows on Ubuntu 14.04 / Ubuntu 16.04.

September 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm
Nice article...
August 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm

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