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The ''Group and Tab Windows'' plugin offers some extensive window management features that allow you to group your windows and easily flip between them, or have actions applied to grouped windows simultaneously. This is useful if you dislike window clutter, or have one application that spawns several windows which you don't want to move separately. The '''Group and Tab Windows''' plugin offers the ability to ''group'' arbitrary windows together and interact with them in group contexts. Grouped windows can also be ''tabbed'' together. Overall, this plugin is useful for simplifying window management, particularly when an application spawns many separate windows which would otherwise require micromanagement.
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== Grouping Windows ==
To group windows, hold down the ''<Super>'' (or Windows) key, then click and hold down the left mouse button. You can select windows by dragging the area over the windows. You can also select windows individually by pressing ''<Super> + S'' while they are focused, then group them together with ''<Super> + G''. Once grouped, a colored glow will appear around each of the windows. If you want to disable the glow, you can do so in ["CCSM"] by disabling the option at ''Group and Tab Windows'' plugin -> ''Glow'' tab -> '''Enable Glow'''.
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=== Actions applied ===
By default, when windows are grouped, you can move, raise and minimize them all at the same time, simply by performing the action on any one of them. In the options, you can select the actions which should be applied to all windows:
 * Move every window in the group
 * Resize every window in the group
 * Maximize every window in the group
 * Minimize every window in the group
 * Shade every window in the group
 * Raise every window in the group
To group and ungroup windows, you can use ''<Super> + G'' and ''<Super> + U'' respectively. If you want to remove a window from a group, make sure that window is focused and press ''<Super> + R''.
== Selecting and grouping windows ==
Windows can be selected in two ways:
 * using the mouse, by pressing {{{<Shift><Super>Button1}}}; drag a box around windows to select them
 * using the keyboard, by pressing {{{<Super>s}}} to add the currently focused window to the selection

After they have been selected, they can be grouped together, ungrouped, or individually removed from the group.
 * ''Group Windows'': press {{{<Super>g}}} to group the selected windows together
 * ''Ungroup Windows'': press {{{<Super>u}}} to disband the entire group of the focused window
 * ''Remove Group Window'': press {{{<Super>r}}} to remove the focused window from its group (leaving the others grouped)

=== Group actions ===
A window action performed upon one window can also be simultaneously done to all windows in its group. The following options are available for determining which actions are applied to the entire group:
 * ''Move every window in the group''
 * ''Resize every window in the group''
 * ''Maximize every window in the group''
 * ''Minimize every window in the group''
 * ''Shade every window in the group''
 * ''Raise every window in the group''

== Tabbing windows ==
Grouped windows can also be ''tabbed'' together, that is, combined into one tabbed window, with the ability to switch between them as though they were tabs within a single window.

To tab the currently selected group, press {{{<Super>t}}}.
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== Tabbing Windows ==
With the ''Group and Tab Windows'' plugin, you can also combine a group of windows into one, with a "tab bar" that allows you to switch between them. This tab bar contains live thumbnails of all the windows in the group, and it becomes visible when the mouse cursor is hovering over the one window's titlebar. To tab windows together, make sure that the windows you want to tab are selected or grouped, then press ''<Super> + T''. This will leave one of the windows visible, while the others become hidden and accessible via the window's tab bar.

Once a group has been tabbed, the single remaining visible window will have a ''tab bar'' visible when hovering the mouse cursor over its titlebar. The tab bar contains live thumbnails of all the windows in the group.

=== Using tabbed windows ===
Click on a thumbnail in the tab bar to switch to the corresponding window. Alternatively, {{{<Super>Left}}} and {{{<Super>Right}}} can be pressed to flip through the tabbed windows.

The order of the tabbed windows can also be rearranged by clicking and dragging the thumbnails within the tab bar. If there are multiple tabbed groups, then thumbnails can also be dragged between different tab bars to move windows between groups accordingly.
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To switch between tabbed windows, hover the mouse cursor over the window's titlebar and select the target window's thumbnail from the tab bar. Or, you can press ''<Super> + Left/Right'' to navigate through the tabs in a specific direction. You can also 'slot-drag' to re-organize windows in a group and move windows from group to group. To do this, simply select a thumbnail in the window's taskbar and drag it to another slot, or even another group's tab bar. The window will change its place and group automatically.
== Appearance ==

Once grouped, a colored glow will appear around each of the windows. If you want to disable the glow, you can do so in ["CCSM"] by disabling the option at ''Group and Tab Windows'' plugin -> ''Glow'' tab -> '''Enable Glow'''.

Card(Plugin align=right, name=Group and Tab Windows, icon=plugin-group.png, pack=[:PluginsExtra:Plugins Extra], cat=Window Management, hist=) The Group and Tab Windows plugin offers the ability to group arbitrary windows together and interact with them in group contexts. Grouped windows can also be tabbed together. Overall, this plugin is useful for simplifying window management, particularly when an application spawns many separate windows which would otherwise require micromanagement.

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Selecting and grouping windows

Windows can be selected in two ways:

  • using the mouse, by pressing <Shift><Super>Button1; drag a box around windows to select them

  • using the keyboard, by pressing <Super>s to add the currently focused window to the selection

After they have been selected, they can be grouped together, ungrouped, or individually removed from the group.

  • Group Windows: press <Super>g to group the selected windows together

  • Ungroup Windows: press <Super>u to disband the entire group of the focused window

  • Remove Group Window: press <Super>r to remove the focused window from its group (leaving the others grouped)

Group actions

A window action performed upon one window can also be simultaneously done to all windows in its group. The following options are available for determining which actions are applied to the entire group:

  • Move every window in the group

  • Resize every window in the group

  • Maximize every window in the group

  • Minimize every window in the group

  • Shade every window in the group

  • Raise every window in the group

Tabbing windows

Grouped windows can also be tabbed together, that is, combined into one tabbed window, with the ability to switch between them as though they were tabs within a single window.

To tab the currently selected group, press <Super>t.

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Once a group has been tabbed, the single remaining visible window will have a tab bar visible when hovering the mouse cursor over its titlebar. The tab bar contains live thumbnails of all the windows in the group.

Using tabbed windows

Click on a thumbnail in the tab bar to switch to the corresponding window. Alternatively, <Super>Left and <Super>Right can be pressed to flip through the tabbed windows.

The order of the tabbed windows can also be rearranged by clicking and dragging the thumbnails within the tab bar. If there are multiple tabbed groups, then thumbnails can also be dragged between different tab bars to move windows between groups accordingly.

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Appearance

Once grouped, a colored glow will appear around each of the windows. If you want to disable the glow, you can do so in ["CCSM"] by disabling the option at Group and Tab Windows plugin -> Glow tab -> Enable Glow.

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