Enable Slick 3D ‘Alt-Tab’ Task Switcher in Ubuntu 17.10

This quick tutorial will show you how to get a Windows Aero Flip 3D style ‘Alt+Tab’ task switcher in Ubuntu 17.10.

While Ubuntu 17.10 has switched to Gnome Shell, this can be done easily via an Gnome Shell Extension called ‘Coverflow Alt-Tab’.

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First, if you’re first time installing a Gnome shell extension, you need to first enable its browser integration via following steps:

1. Choose an add-on to install according which web browser you use:

2. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T, and then run command to install the connector:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.


Finally in your browser, go to coverflow-alt-tab extension page, turn on the switch to install the extension.


Once installed, press Alt+Tab keyboard shortcuts to view results.

To configure the extension, install Gnome Tweaks via Ubuntu Software app, and click the gear button in Extensions tab.


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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.

One comment

  1. Carl-Erik Kopseng

    This was so sweet! Can’t believe I get a decent user experience installing something on the Linux desktop for once 😀