Alt-tab not working

Hi there again, community. If someone can identify what is stealing alt-tab. I can open the menus using alt, but when i use alt-tab it will not work for switch apps. If a textbox has focus, alt-tab only writes a tab (since i wanted to change apps from aMSN). Using opensuse 11.2 with compiz fusion.

Thanks again from the help!


Did it work before and stop working?

Are you using GNOME?

Did you check the desktop effects menu?


We’ll need to know which Desktop Environment you’re using KDE or GNOME and then we’ll need to make sure you have the right packages installed so please open a terminal and provide the output of:

rpm -qa --last "*compiz*"

Take Care,


I’m using KDE. And here’s the output:

> rpm -qa --last “compiz
compiz-emerald-0.8.4-1.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:26:41 CST
compiz-emerald-themes-0.6.0-2.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:26:36 CST
compizconfig-settings-manager-0.8.4-10.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:25:49 CST
python-compizconfig-0.8.4-4.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:25:41 CST
compiz-plugins-extra-0.8.4-100.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:25:37 CST
libcompizconfig-0.8.4-10.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:25:06 CST
compiz-plugins-main-0.8.4-101.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:25:02 CST
compiz-manager-0.0.1_git080201-62.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:24:49 CST
compiz-0.8.4-167.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:24:46 CST
compiz-kde4-0.8.4-167.1 mar 01 dic 2009 17:24:33 CST
compiz-branding-openSUSE-0.8.4-167.1 mar 01 dic 2009 16:15:49 CST
compiz-gnome-0.8.4-167.1 mar 01 dic 2009 16:15:36 CST

Do you use both KDE and GNOME? You have both of the compiz packages for both KDE and GNOME. Which isn’t a good thing. If you’re just using KDE then get rid of the package compiz-gnome.

Also make sure in the CCSM that one of the application switching plugins is active, either the Shift Switcher or Application Switcher plugin (one or the other, not both).

Take Care,


Great Ian! Thanks!

I had two app switchers as you described, and neither was mapped to keys. Strange, since i haven’t modified the compiz config at all.

Thanks again, man!

Glad I could help :slight_smile:

Take Care,