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Compiz-Switch is a simple software that helps you to switch Compiz off and on easily.





Compiz-Switch is a simple software that helps you to switch Compiz off and on easily.

If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to switch between Compiz and the window manager of your desktop environment, then this is for you.
Compiz-Switch provides this on a single click.

If Compiz is running, it will switch to the default window decorator of your desktop environment.
If Compiz is not running, it will be launched immediately.

There is no need to compile anything and the only dependency is a GNOME, KDE or Xfce environment with a running version of Compiz.


If you are on Ubuntu, all you need to do is download the deb linked above and double-click it afterwards.

For other distributions, first download and extract the archive e.g. for the "source" version, do

wget -O- | tar -xzf -

Then change to the extracted folder (directory depends on the version you downloaded):

cd compiz-switch-0.4.0~source

Now you can choose between the usual way to install and checkinstall. The latter will install a basic deb-package that you can remove via apt-get or Synaptic/Adept. (This should also work for Suse/rpm.)
For Compiz compiled from source it's best to install via make install.

Usual way (make install)

All you need to do is (make sure you are root when not using sudo):

sudo make install

(there's no nee to 'make' anything first)

Do not remove the folder afterwards you'll need it, in case you want to remove Compiz-Switch again.
In order to do so, navigate to the directory again and run:

sudo make uninstall


First you need to install checkinstall itself:

sudo apt-get install checkinstall

Then use this command to install:

sudo checkinstall


After you installed Compiz-Switch it should show up in the menu under:

Applications → Accessories → Compiz-Switch

K-menu → Utilities → Compiz-Switch

Applications → Accessories → Compiz-Switch

What's New in This Release:

Various rewrites
Ability to close Screenlets with Compiz (and restore them again)
Ability to use Compiz-Switch's icon as a status icon (GNOME only for the panel)
Last updated on May 5th, 2008
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