Created attachment 6312
Screenshot of alt tab behaviour
I've been trying out 4.12.1 on Arch Linux for a couple of days. Everything is working flawlessly.
However If my mouse is in the middle of the screen when I alt-tab the mouse highlight appears so two applications are highlighted. Its very confusing.
I've attached a screenshot. white is the mouse highlight blue is the application selected when I pressed alt-tab.
There is a hack for this in the xfce forums from someone else who finds this confusing. https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?pid=37505
Looking for a solution I noticed a lot of people wanted this feature but it should either;
a. take over the keyboard highlight (blue) if the mouse is moved.
b. Have an option in 'window manager tweaks' to disable it.
It's not 2 items hilighted, it's one selected item and one highlighted, the color is different.
(In reply to Olivier Fourdan from comment #1)
> It's not 2 items hilighted, it's one selected item and one highlighted, the
> color is different.
Hello, Sorry if this sounds stupid, but I really can't use it like this.
- One is highlighted white and one is highlighted blue.
- If my cursor is away from the middle of the screen only one is highlighted blue.
- If my cursor is near the middle of the screen one is highlighted white and one blue.
- Sometimes only one is highlighted slightly off white when the two are together.
I dont know why my cursor is so often in the middle of screen, I dont use the mouse that much. I usually in Tmux/Vim but I do alt tab for everything else like web browser and having two items highlighted in different colors is just confusing.
I now end up having to tab a couple of times to find out where I am then either tab all the way round of shift tab to go back.
Thinking about... why is this even highlighted at all by the mouse? I can see my mouse cursor. If I wanted to click something It would be the thing under my mouse cursor which I can see....
Note that I am not in disagreement with what you're saying.
But pre-lighting widgets on mouse over is something pretty standard in gtk, and the color comes from the gtk theme used (thus the "hack" you pointed out, which is not a hack if you come to think of it, but a pretty standard way of adjusting colors).
For example, using Adwaita, it's a lot less confusing because the hilighting is just slightly brighter than the non-hilighted widget.
> For example, using Adwaita, it's a lot less confusing because the hilighting
> is just slightly brighter than the non-hilighted widget.
Linux themes are often inconsistent and miss things / can't be tested in all possible use cases. The theme I'm using is Numix Frost, those guys are usually pretty good at covering all bases.
I have 3 computers. Downloading a png and modifying theme files then copying to all the changes to 3 computers isnt something I think I should have to do.
For the record I think 4.12 is fantastic. Intelligent Hiding Panels, Window tiling into all 4 corners, the ability to full screen any application, even the terminal has better colour schemes.
But this double highlighting is slowing me down from using my computer in a pretty standard way and I can't see how any users benefit from it. I've been using alt-tab since Windows NT.
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this. I've made my case for something needing to be changed. Please feel free to close the ticket.
(In reply to James from comment #5)
> Thanks for taking the time to discuss this. I've made my case for something
> needing to be changed. Please feel free to close the ticket.
As I said, I actually agree so I am not closing this bugzilla. But others may disagree.
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