Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200) - Page 2

4 Configuring Compiz Fusion

You can use the CompizConfig Settings Manager to configure Compiz Fusion's behaviour (for example, you can specify what desktop effects you'd like to use). Go to System > Preferences > Advanced Desktop Effects Settings:

This is how the CompizConfig Settings Manager looks. You can now configure Compiz Fusion to your likings:


5 Enabling The Emerald Window Decorator

Next we make sure that the Emerald window decorator starts automatically whenever we log in to our desktop. Go to System > Preferences > Sessions:

On the Startup Programs tab, click on the Add button:

In the Add Startup Program window, type in Emerald Fix as the name and emerald --replace as the command (you can fill in a comment as well if you like). Click on OK and close the Session Preferences window:

Now press CTRL + ALT + Backspace to end your current desktop session (or simply log out), then log in again. Compiz Fusion should now be fully functional.


6 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's a list of the most common Compiz Fusion keyboard shortcuts. If they work for you depends on what effects you enabled in the CompizConfig Settings Manager.

SUPER+SHIFT+C = clear fire
CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW = rotate cube
CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW = flat desktop
SHIFT+ALT+UP = initiate window picker
CTRL+ALT+DOWN = unfold cube
ALT+TAB = window switch
SUPER+TAB = flip switcher or ring switcher, depending on which is enabled.
ALT+F7 = initiate 'move windows'
SHIFT+F9 = water effect
SHIFT+F10 = slow animations
CTRL+ALT+D = show desktop

For Grouping and Tabbing:
SUPER+S = select single window
SUPER+T = tab group
SUPER+Left = change left tab
SUPER+Right = change right tab
SUPER+G = group windows
SUPER+U = ungroup windows
SUPER+R = remove group window
SUPER+C = close group
SUPER+X = ignore group
Hold the SUPER button then select the windows you want to group and then hit SUPER+G.

The SUPER key is the Windows key on most keyboards.


7 Some Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of Compiz Fusion in action:


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THX SO MUCH for this easy tutorial

it takes me forever to do this stuff with console commands

that tutorial was so darn simple

thx for the easy click step-by-step and the super clear screenshots

By: Anonymous

my desktop is zoomed, how can i get i back?



By: wolf

I second that thanks for the info..


An excellent tutorial, getting the job done. If you, however, discover that after going through the steps there seems to be no effect on your desktop, check whether visual effects are enabled for your desktop at System --> Preferences --> Appearance --> Visual Effects. "Extra" is the setting that enables Compiz Fusion magic.

By: Sam

There are so many options that make it hard to find a specific effect.  Your help goes right to the point!  Very helpful, I really appreciate it!