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alt-tab to all windows

Jun 10, 2014, 02:53
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alt-tab to all windows
I'm on Windows 7.

When I alt-tab to GIMP or select an image window from the taskbar, GIMP will not activate the auxiliary windows.

Single-window mode is a no-go because it is not a proper MDI application.

I need the auxiliary windows (toolbox, layers, ...) to pop to the front whenever I select an image window in GIMP.

Is it possible to do that?

Also, I'd preferably want to 'stick' those aux windows to the edges of the screen, the way instant messenger clients have traditionally done that.

It is unfortunate that Win7 doesn't have a "open all windows" command. I believe MacOS X always brings all windows of an application to the front whenever that application is selected.
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Jun 10, 2014, 06:49
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RE: alt-tab to all windows
Try: Edit>Preferences>Window management >Window manager hints>Hints for docks and toolbox>Keep above

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Jun 10, 2014, 18:55
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RE: alt-tab to all windows
Hey, thanks for the hint.

I believe I may have caused this problem myself.

The problem was that this option you suggest does not take effect immediately, but requires a restart. And GIMP does not tell you that. So somewhere shortly after installing GIMP, I had changed "Utility window" into "Normal window" for some reason and it hadn't done anything, but after my next (re)start it would have started to behave like this.....

So I needed to put it back to "Utility window" and now it works as intended Big Grin.

I had already started a foray into the AutoHotKey program in order to discover how to enable this behaviour externally ;D.
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