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    Default I need a better task manager

    openSUSE 12.3, KDE 4.11

    At least I think that's what to call it.
    What is cumbersome to me is to have to use ALT-TAB to scroll through the running(minimized) apps.

    Surely there is a better way. I usually have about 6 things running at the same time and being able to easily switch between them is important.

    Any suggestions ?

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    Default Re: I need a better task manager

    Quote Originally Posted by hextejas View Post
    Any suggestions ?
    Not really a suggestion. I just click on the taskbar (panel) item for the particular task. I never did find ALT-TAB particularly useful.
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    Default Re: I need a better task manager

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    Not really a suggestion. I just click on the taskbar (panel) item for the particular task. I never did find ALT-TAB particularly useful.
    That's cool, but when I minimize, like this panel, I don't know where it goes .
    I have only one "task bar ?" the one at the bottom, and it doesn't change when I minimize. at least I don't think it does.
    Let me try it again.

    Hah, well there is a widget named "Task manager" that does what I want.

    Thanks for steering me in the right direction, and there sure is a lot to learn.

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    Default Re: I need a better task manager

    On 2013-08-16 18:16, hextejas wrote:
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    > nrickert;2579616 Wrote:
    >> Not really a suggestion. I just click on the taskbar (panel) item for
    >> the particular task. I never did find ALT-TAB particularly useful.

    >
    > That's cool, but when I minimize, like this panel, I don't know where
    > it goes .


    Ah, that's the "new" KDE (ie, kde 4).

    I use XFCE, much more "traditional". What I do is that I have several
    "desktops" or workspaces, and distribute a few windows on each. One for
    firefox, another for thunderbird, another for terminals, another for
    office tasks... etc. I only need to "alt-tab" a few when using the
    appropriate workspace (ctrl-f1...f12 switches workspace).

    I'm sure KDE has the same thing under another name.

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    Default Re: I need a better task manager

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    I'm sure KDE has the same thing under another name.
    I am doing pretty much what you describe, but with KDE.

    I'll have to test KDE with a new user, to see what the defaults are. When I right click on the taskbar in my regular account and select "Task Manager Settings", I see 4 options at the bottom (under "Filters"):

    Only show tasks from the current screen
    Only show tasks from the current desktop
    Only show tasks from the current activity
    Only show tasks that are minimized

    Of those, I have the second and third selected. I'm pretty sure that's not the default. Maybe the OP has the first of those selected, which might explain what he is seeing (or what he is not seeing).
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    Default Re: I need a better task manager

    In KDE there are some neat widgets that show you the open apps when triggered. Try some you might find one to fall in love with.

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