Skippy is a window reveal program similar to Expose on OS X. Its homepage is at Seems to work pretty well, not the prettiest thing in teh world, but definately potentially helpful.

skippy is already available in ubuntu 5.10. you only need to do:

sudo apt-get install skippy

If you want to build it yourself, you can do it like so:

Requires make to compile.

Helpful install guide was at

Worked fine following instructions.

Must be added to the login startup items for gnome-session. =========================================================== Compile Instructions:

1. Download skippy from:

This HOWTO was written for skippy version 0.5.0, hopefully it will work for future versions too.

2. Untar the skippy source code into a directory:

$ tar -xjf skippy-0.5.0.tar.bz2

3. Switch to the untarred directory

$ cd skippy-0.5.0.tar.bz2

4. Install imlib2-dev, libxft-dev and libxmu-dev, since skippy needs them to compile:

$ sudo apt-get install libimlib2-dev libxmu-dev libxft-dev

5. Edit the Makefile so that it won't try to bind to Xinerama.

$ nano Makefile

You want to insert a # at the beginning of lines 10 and 11, so that they look like this:

#CFLAGS += -DXINERAMA #LDFLAGS += -lXext -lXinerama

6. Compile the software:

$ make

7. Install the executable:

$ sudo make install

8. Copy the default config file to your home directory:

$ cp skippyrc-default ~/.skippyrc

9. Edit the default config file so that it uses Scroll Lock instead of F11 as the hotkey. I recommend this, because many Ubuntu applications use F11 (for instance, OpenOffice Writer uses F11 to display the Stylist, which is a very useful feature). On the other hand, I don't think the Scroll Lock EVER had a use. :)

$ nano ~/.skippyrc

Change line 24 to read:


10. Launch skippy:

$ skippy

11. Press Scroll Lock to see scaled-down versions of all of your windows.