[ctrl] + [alt] + [→]
[ctrl] + [alt] + [←]

Using Linux desktops exclusively for a decade or so. Being used to this shortcut as I use it at least a few times every minute. To those who don't know - this shortcut typically switches you to the virtual desktop (workspace) on the left/right.

Then you are assigned to help some folks who only have Windows desktops.

My desktop spent more time rotating to the left and to the right than standing still. I wonder what were these devs who saw my screen break-dancing all day long thinking...

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    "Does this code look good ... yeah but what about over here.... yup still good ..."
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    @N00bPancakes I guess this gives the expression "look at the problem from a different angle" a more direct meaning :)
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    I3 user here and I win+number so much it hurts. I start all the programs in my Taskbar and everything just crashes
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    It's [Ctrl] + [Win] + [←] and [Ctrl] + [Win] + [→] on Windows, so not that far off. But still, I understand your pain, stuff that gets in your muscle memory is hard to retrain.

    I also switch between Windows and Linux, but it's relatively easy to adjust even though some things are pretty different.
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    @kamen you're right, they are close. But when muscles want to make ctrl-alt click they don't care about the [Windows] key in-between :)

    It would probably be all fine if I had to work with Windows more often. But since I don't, I got spoiled by the ergonomics of Linux and making the switch out of the sudden is not that easy-going :)

    I want my comfy desktop back!!!
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    There was a time when pressing CTRL+ALT+arrows keys flips the screen on Windows. It was a nice prank. Co-workers leave their laptops unattended and unclosed and return to a screen that is upside down.
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    @netikras is it impossible to change that keybinding ?
    Wtf ?
    If so, that will be another ping on my list.
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    @iamai I played the prank on myself and it wasn't easy to use the mouse to get it back to 0°
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    Big mood (although it's [ALT] + arrow on AwesomeWM), not sure I'll consider not having Windows to be a plus when switching from Linux (personal) <-> Windows(work) is an utter pain for the muscle memory.
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    @netikras I didn't read the post properly. you are now on a Windows system.
    Google might show for an option to disable it if it is still happening? I tried it on my system that has Windows 10 and it doesn't work anymore.
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    You could probably write an autokotkey script to change it. It's a shame that windows doesn't let you remap it though. Although maybe it's for the best considering the number of people that would remap it to something insane and wouldn't know how to change it back
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    "Mother fucker, can you stop hitting tab when there isn't anything to auto-fill????"

    That's what I generally think when working in the vicinity of Linux guys.

    (Full disclosure: I'm a mac guy, but I spend half the day in some remote SSH so I get my fair share of "Bomps".)
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    My biggest pet peeve about windows is that you can't assign a desktop to a specific key. In my linux setups I typically have mod+1 for cli, 2 for editor, 3 for docs, and so on. It flows really well for me. Having to go "right two times if I'm on the second one to get to slack, then left three times to check a thing in cli, then right once" is incredibly jarring.

    Don't get me started on alt tabbing.
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    @iamai If I recall it right it's mostly applicable to IntelGraphics. And it can be disabled via Intel's control centre (whatever it's called).

    Problem is - most companies I've worked with don't give you permissions to change anything on the workstation :) I had to wait for a day for an admin to come and enter his password so I could install a MariaDB locally (at THAT particular gov-managed company) :)
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