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Change focus to visible windows

asked 2013-12-14 21:56:43 +0000

cneumann gravatar image

updated 2013-12-15 11:43:32 +0000

The focus commands will focus "hidden" windows (i.e. windows in a tabbed container which are not selected) in a container. This is like changing the "visibility configuration" of the container. You can get around this by first selecting the parent. This is a little bit awkward. I would like to have a focus command which will change the focus only to currently visible windows and leave the "configurations" of the containers untouched. AFAIK there is no such command. Anyone knows how to achieve this?

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This is a bug in i3 that I myself have come across in the development version. Please post a bug report on If you can find steps to reproduce the issue, it will help me fix it.

TonyC gravatar imageTonyC ( 2013-12-15 05:55:22 +0000 )edit

Why do you think this is a bug? There must me some way to focus hidden windows.

cneumann gravatar imagecneumann ( 2013-12-15 09:08:34 +0000 )edit

The fact that you say that leads me to believe the bug I've found is a separate issue. The "hidden" windows I sometimes see are literally hidden (not mapped by the rendering server) but can sometimes subtly affect the movement of windows.

TonyC gravatar imageTonyC ( 2013-12-15 09:55:38 +0000 )edit

You are right. I mean windows which are not visible in a container with tab layout.

cneumann gravatar imagecneumann ( 2013-12-15 11:44:32 +0000 )edit

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answered 2013-12-15 21:24:21 +0000

joepd gravatar image

I have the following in my config:

bindsym $mod+Control+Left focus parent; focus left

Not too satisfied with it, as it should behave differently in tabbed/stacked containers as in normal ones.

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I also thought of this, but as you say, it's not a satisfying solution.

cneumann gravatar imagecneumann ( 2013-12-16 08:37:33 +0000 )edit

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