Enabling Compiz On Linux Mint 12 (GNOME Classic) - Page 2

3 Install Compiz

To install Compiz and all its components, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter following:

sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-plugins compiz-plugins-main python-compizconfig compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra


4 Configuring Compiz To Start At Boot

To use Compiz, you need it to replace the current Window Manager on startup. To do that, open Startup Applications (Applications > Other > Startup Applications):

Click the Add button to add a new application to the startup list. On the appearing window, enter compiz --replace into the Command field. Give it some name so you can recognize it and click on Save:

Click on Close afterwards.


5 Configure Compiz

To configure the effects you would like to have, start CompizConfig Settings Manager by going to Applications > Other > CompizConfig Settings Manager:

There, check the checkboxes in front of the effects you want.What is important is to check Gnome Compatiblity:

Afterwards, restart your machine for all changes to take effect:

Here are some examples of what you can accomplish using Compiz:

6 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's a list of the most common Compiz 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.


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