Thursday, February 19, 2009

Enable More Compiz (3D) Effects... (Ubuntu 8.10)

I am always crazy about Compiz effects and enabled it by installing compiz-setting-manager from

Systems ---> Administration ---> Synoptic Packet Manager

After enabled all effects from Compiz setting manager which i found under System ---> Preferences ---> compiz setting manager, i could get only few effects like Desktop cube, fire on desktop, water effects, minimize effects and few more... after googling around quite some time on Internet i found out solution to enable more eye candy effects. you can also enable these effects by installing simple-ccsm from synoptic or simply typing command in the terminal.

sudo apt-get install simple-ccsm

(Terminal can be found under Application ---> Accessories). After installation you can find Simple-ccsm under

System ---> Preferences (
as a Simple Compizconfig Setting Manager)

click on it and enable your preferred effects...

Here are some of the Keyboard Short cut keys for Compiz Effects

Note: The SUPER key is the Windows key (Near by Alt) on most keyboards.


SUPER+SHIFT+C = clear fire


CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW = rotate cube

CTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROW = flat desktop

SHIFT+ALT+UP = initiate window picker

CTRL+ALT+DOWN = unfold cube

ALT+TAB = window switch

SUPER+TAB = flip switcher or ring switcher, depending on which is enabled.

ALT+F7 = initiate 'move windows'

SHIFT+F9 = water effect

SHIFT+F10 = slow animations

CTRL+ALT+D = show desktop

For Grouping and Tabbing:

SUPER+S = select single window

SUPER+T = tab group

SUPER+Left = change left tab

SUPER+Right = change right tab

SUPER+G = group windows

SUPER+U = ungroup windows

SUPER+R = remove group window

SUPER+C = close group

SUPER+X = ignore group

Hold the SUPER button then select the windows you want to group and then hit SUPER+G.

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