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Skippy (exposé effect)

You know that thing Mac OSX, Compiz and KWin do where you press a hotkey and suddenly you see miniature versions of all your windows at once? Skippy-XD does that. It’s most commonly known by Mac OSX’s name for it – Exposé.

Keystroke mode installation:

  • First of all, install the program from the PPA (with LXTerminal):

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:landronimirc/skippy-xd-daily
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skippy-xd

  • Edit the RC file (open LXTerminal and paste “leafpad ~/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml” without the quotes):


  • Find the line “<chainQuitKey>C-g</chainQuitKey>”

  • Below it copy and paste the following:

    <!– Start Expose for LXDE–>
    <keybind key=”W-w”>
    <action name=”Execute”>
    <!– End Expose for LXDE–>


  • That’s all! Now log in again and use Skippy-XD using the keystroke Super(Win)+W. If you want another keystroke feel free to change it (for keys codes read the Openbox wiki)

Mouse “hot corners” mode installation:

  • For using Skippy-XD this way you must complete the above method and continue here. Using the Lubuntu Software Center, install the package “brightside”

  • Type Alt+F2 and execute “brightside-properties”

  • Activate your desired corner and choose “Custom action”

  • Type the command “skippy-xd” (remember, always without the quotes!)

  • Now we need to make Brightside execute at startup, so  type in LXTerminal “sudo leafpad /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart” and place the line “@brightside” at the end (imortant: type it without the quotes and with the @ sign)

  • And that’s all! Now place your mouse at the chosen corner and see what happens!

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