Compiz Fusion Keyboard Shortcuts

For Linux users who are fortunate enough to be playing with the Desktop Effects on their favorite Linux distribution – mine is Ubuntu, here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts for the Compiz Fusion Desktop Effects that you may have been looking for. I have put together a list mainly because I’ve had a hard time finding a comprehensive list from a single location. I may have missed something, so please let me know. One more thing, the Super key is the Windows key in case you are wondering. Here are the shortcuts.

Desktop Effects1 Keyboard Shortcuts
Rotate Cube Mousewheel on Desktop
Switcher2 Alt + Tab
Shift Switcher3 Super + Tab (2 modes: flip and cover)
Ring Switcher Super + Tab – overrides Shift Switcher
Expo Super + E (toggle)
Film Effect Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow4
Rotate Cube Manually Ctrl + Alt + Left Mouse Button
Scale Windows Alt + Shift + Up Arrow
Show/Clear Desktop Ctrl + Alt + D (toggle)
Snapping Windows Move a window across workspaces5
Screenshot Super + Left Mouse Button
Zoom In/Out Super + Mousewheel
Transparent Window Alt + Mousewheel
Resize Window Alt + F8
Move Window Alt + F7
Add Helper Super + P
Widget Layer F9 (toggle)
Water Effects Shift + F9 (toggle)
Fire Effects: On Super + Shift + Left Mouse Button
Fire Effects: Clear Super + Shift + C
Annotate: Draw Super + Left Mouse Button
Annotate: Start Super + 1
Annotate: End Super + 3
Group: Select Window(s) Super + S
Group: Group Windows Super + T
Group: Ungroup Windows Super + U
Group: Flip Windows Super + Right or Left Arrow

1 Effects have to be enabled to see results.
2 To see the full effect, have multiple windows or programs open.
3 To configure: Go to Advanced Desktop Effects Settings.
4 Use left and right arrow thereafter to move to workspaces.
5 Disables Wobbly Windows.

Make sure the effects are enabled to see results. You can do so by going to System – Preferences – Advanced Desktop Effects Settings. Some effects will disable others. For example, the Desktop Wall will disable the Desktop Cube, Snapping Windows will disable Wobbly Windows and many more. Please let me know if I missed something, so I can add more effects to the list.

Logitech QuickCam Fusion

I recently bought a new webcam from Logitech called the QuickCam Fusion. The USB web camera comes with a 1.3 megapixel sensor capable of delivering high quality video images. The webcam has 7 different screen resolutions from the small 320×240 which is perfect for email attachments to the standard 640×480, 960×720, 1280×960, 1600×1200, 2048×1536 to the enormous 2304×1728 pixels.

The videocam is equipped with a privacy shade which is great for concealing private moments. It also has a snapshot button for quick takes, plus a built-in microphone for making recorded videos an easy task. The videocam has an outstanding low light performance unparalleled to any videocam I’ve used before. In addition, the webcam comes with Logitech’s Video Effects which allow users to personalize the webcam using Avatars or facial accessories.

After the install, I had issues with the Video Effects not working with the videocam after a reboot. Rebooting the PC again does not solve the problem. I ended up uninstalling and reinstalling the video software and the drivers to get them to work again, but the fix was temporary. Eventually, the problem would surfaced again after a reboot.

It took me a couple of days until I pinpointed two offending drivers that had conflicts with the Logitech videocam driver. The two drivers are: sbdrvdet.exe, a Soundblaster driver which detects if someone is using the audio front-panel of the internal drive bay and rcman.exe, a remote control driver for the Audigy or Creative Media Source sound cards which allows remote control play back of music.

Both drivers are non-essential and can be disabled from the Windows Startup Script. Both drivers can be manually enabled if really needed. At least now, the Video Effects features are working.