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I just started using KDE plasma (on Debian Stretch). Now, I'm a simple, old-fashioned guy... ok, that's not true, but when it comes to Alt-Tab I am. I just want the plain old Alt-Tab behavior - like in KDE of old, like in LXDE, like in Windows - you know what I'm talking about. Nice row of icons in the middle of the screen.

so, I go to K > System Settings > Window Management > Task Switcher , and examine the 'Visualization' option. I see: Breeze, Flip Switch and Cover Switch. But none of them are what I'm looking for. I remember seeing other options on some other machine with Plasma - how do I get them to show up?

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    Thank you for the "K > System Settings > Window Management > Task Switcher" hint, I was looking for it! Now, I've got the switching style of my choice in the list of available options. Aug 29, 2016 at 19:48
  • On CentOS7 with KDE4, I found a solution. The "compact" choice for in Main tab, Visualization area. Dropdown choices were Cover Switch, Flip Switch, Compact, Thumbnails, Large Icons, Text Icons, Small Icons, Grid, Informative). Grid produced a popup that covered my entire screen with huge icons.
    – PatS
    Jun 20, 2018 at 16:49
  • @PatS Can you make this an answer with a screenshot?
    – einpoklum
    Jun 20, 2018 at 17:00
  • @einpoklum, I can't do this easily as the system I did this on is no longer available.
    – PatS
    Jul 16, 2018 at 18:44
  • @einpoklum, thank you. You question contains answer for Kubuntu 18.04 :) Jan 24, 2019 at 9:55

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Installing kwin-addons solves this problem on [K]ubuntu 16.04:

sudo apt-get install kwin-addons
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    On Arch Linux, the package is called kdeplasma-addons but it does the same thing. You likely have to logout and login again for it to work though. Jun 8, 2016 at 22:57
  • Can't verify, since I reinstalled, but I'll take your word for it.
    – einpoklum
    Aug 29, 2016 at 20:06
  • @einpoklum It does work. The classic task switcher is way better.
    – rendon
    Dec 24, 2018 at 14:52
  • The ones from kwin-addons are crashing on my Debian 9 :/
    – Anton Krug
    Jun 13, 2019 at 0:34
  • Works on Debian 10.4 (Buster). Of all the choices avaiIable, I like the "Compact" style. Jun 7, 2020 at 13:54
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As of Kubuntu 20.4 (KDE 5.18.5), there's a "Grid" option, that might be just what you need:

Grid task switcher in KDE

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