Saturday, May 19, 2012

Get Window Previews in Unity Launcher

For the regular Unity (3D), Compiz can draw window previews for both minimized and maximized windows in the Unity Launcher on hovering the mouse over the respective icons.

First of all, install CCSM if not already installed. From a Terminal:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Once installed, search the Dash for 'CCSM' and start it:

In CCSM, search for the 'Window Previews' plugin and enable it. Your window previews won't start working straight away. There seems to be a bug with the 'Window Previews' plugin's viewport handling in this new version, and you would first need to disable the related setting as shown in the screenshot below:

There is a minor glitch with this setup. If there are more than one open windows for the same application, only one preview is shown which is sort of misleading.

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