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Parachute

This project is paused. Feel free to fork it if you want to improve it

Look at your windows and desktops from above.

This KWin script was inspired by the excellent work of several projects like: KWin (Present Windows and Desktop Grid effects), kwinOverview, qOverview, Gnome, Deepin.

Installation or upgrade

git clone https://github.com/tcorreabr/Parachute.git && cd Parachute
make install

If you have installed through Plasma's Get Hot New Stuff (Kde Store) you must execute the following commands on terminal to install the configuration dialog. You only need to do this once.

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/kservices5
ln -s ~/.local/share/kwin/scripts/Parachute/metadata.desktop ~/.local/share/kservices5/Parachute.desktop

To uninstall, first go to the folder where you cloned Parachute, then run:

make uninstall

Usage

After activate the script in KWin Scripts window you can use the default registered global shortcut Ctrl+Super+D (Ctrl+Meta+D) to show/hide Parachute.

You can also invoke the script with: qdbus org.kde.kglobalaccel /component/kwin invokeShortcut Parachute. Similarly you can: integrate it with easystroke, configure it to be invoked with meta key, etc.

Controls:

  • Left mouse button - Activate window.
  • Middle mouse button - Close window.
  • Right mouse button - (Un)pin window.
  • Arrow keys - Select a window.
  • Shift + Arrow keys - Switch desktops.
  • Home/End - Select first/last window.
  • Enter - Activate selected window.
  • Esc - Hide Parachute.
  • F5 - Update settings.

Notes

  • Developed and tested in Plasma >= 5.20 and Qt >= 5.15.
  • For now it doesn't work on Wayland.
  • You can use KWin's global shortcuts normally while using this script. To navigate between your desktops for example.
  • If you are using "Slide" animation to switch desktops, you may want to enable the "Slide docks" option to avoid some unwanted visual effects.
  • If you are having poor performance on animations, try changing "Scale method" to "Smooth" or "Crisp" in Compositor settings.
  • If you have Virtual Desktop Bar installed, Parachute keyboard shortcut may be ineffective until KWin restart or dynamic desktop operations.
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