Is there a way to tweak the alt-tab behaviour in Gnome Shell to prioritize the current workspace? Currently, alt-tab prioritizes windows used most recently, instead of windows in the current workspace.

I know how to restrict alt-tab to the current workspace, but I'm looking to prioritize the current workspace, not make it exclusive. I found that the Coverflow extension does what I want - it has an option "All workspaces, current first" - but this extension removes the default application grouping behaviour, and does not offer an option to restore it.

There is an identical question here and here, so not optimistic about finding a solution, but figured I'd ask just in case. This used to be the default behaviour on Gnome Shell 3.4, so kinda surprised that there isn't a way to do that any more.

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There is a gnome shell extension which seems to do this. It is called "Alt-Tab Current Workspace First", and can be downloaded/installed from https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1296/alt-tab-current-workspace-first/. (However I have not tested it and I do not know whether this extension falls back to the ungrouped alt-tab from the "AlternateTab" extension)

  • This one's neat. It's a compromise between what Coverflow does and what Gnome Shell used to do: It splits out the current workspace, while keeping application grouping on the remaining workspaces. I'm going to try it for a while to see if that's good enough. Thanks for the good suggestion! May 8, 2018 at 2:47
  • Note: Moved to App-Switcher Current Workspace First. Jun 22, 2022 at 18:23

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