Enabling Compiz On Xubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) - Page 2

5 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.


6 Some Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of Compiz in action:

The above desktop cylinder works only if you have enabled Cube Reflection and Deformation in the Effects section in the CompizConfig Settings Manager. If this plugin is not enabled, you will see the desktop cube instead:


7 Make Compiz Start Automatically

A few extra steps are needed if you want to make Compiz start automatically when you start a desktop session (remember, we have started Compiz manually in chapter 3). Start the Xfce4 Settings Manager from the bottom panel:

Then go to Session and Startup:

Select the Application Autostart tab. There, click on the Add button:

In the Add application dialogue, fill in a name (e.g. Compiz); the Description field is optional. In the Command field, please fill in the following command:

compiz --replace ccp

Then click on OK:

That's it! Compiz will be started automatically whenever you start a new desktop session.


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From: Dean

what is your fix for the ugly window theme you are left with when enabling compiz?  Emerald was the fix but it's no longer in the repo.

From: Danillo

To fix the window theme, you gotta install gconf-editor and go to -> apps -> metacity -> general -> theme. Then you can input the name of the metacity theme you want.

From: Dean

So with compiz enabled and no sign of emerald in the repo anymore, how do you get nice window manager themes ?

From: dzung nguyen

Take a look at http://xfce-look.org/ and choose for yourseft themes for xfce. Have fun !

From: Ken D'Ambrosio

The way to gracefully enable compiz is to tweak the abstracted link for the window manager:

 ls -al /etc/alternatives/x-session-manager

 You'll see that that's a link, pointing to /usr/bin/startxfce4.  Instead of that, replace the link with one pointing to compiz:

 cd /etc/alternatives

 mv x-session-manager x-session-manager.bak

 ln -s `which compiz` x-session-manager

From: TechShelter

Thnaks for the tutorial!

 @Dean: another user has expanded on this to add emerald

 @falko: the last step of adding compiz as an autostart app kind of feels like a hack, isn't there a better way to specify that compiz will be used in a config file somewhere?