Monday, March 19

Dynamic Window Quicklist for Unity [Video]


Ubuntu developer Alan Bell has created a pretty handy script that allows us to manage multiple instances of an application from quicklists.

If multiple windows of an application are open on your desktop, this script will only restore the window you have selected by right clicking application icon in Unity launcher (as shown in the screenshot above). All quicklists will be automatically updated if you close existing window or open a new instance of an application.

He has given a nice example to explain the problem:

A lot of the time I have three browser windows, a few gedit editors and around ten terminal windows open. When I am doing something I am normally interested in one browser window, one editor and one terminal. If I want to move from the browser to the terminal I am interested in I don’t want the other 9 terminals popping up over the browser, I only want the one that relates to that browser.

Check out the video I have recorded:


You can download the script by running the commands below (Precise only):

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:alanbell/unity
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-window-quicklists

Though everything works very well, there is a small bug in script which prevents it from running automatically on login. This bug will be fixed in next update but in the mean time you can apply the fix below:

Run the command:

sudo gedit /etc/xdg/autostart/unity-window-quicklists.desktop

Change the line OnlyShowIn=UNITY; to OnlyShowIn=Unity;


Just logout, come back and the script will now autostart properly.

Optional Step

You can follow this optional step to easily enable and disable script from start-up applications.

In the same .desktop file above, change NoDisplay=false to NoDisplay=true. Log out. come back and now you will be able to enable/disable the script from start-up applications.


As this script is still under development, there can be some issues.

Thanks to Doug McMahon for providing a fix for above bug.

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