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‘Minimize on click’, click application icon on left panel to minimize the focused application window, is a great convenience in Ubuntu for the left panel.

However, both ‘Settings’ and ‘Gnome Tweaks’ utilities do not have an option for this in Ubuntu 17.10 Gnome Shell.

Fortunately, there are settings for ‘dash-to-dock’, the name of Ubuntu 17.10’s left panel, in dconf Editor that contains click action options for a running app.

1. Search for and install ‘dconf editor’ in Ubuntu Software utility.

2. Launch ‘dconf editor’ once installed, and navigate to org -> gnome -> shell -> extensions -> dash-to-dock.

Then scroll down and find settings for ‘click-action’, and do:

  • click the line to go into its configuration page.
  • turn off the default value switch.
  • select ‘minimize’ or ‘minimize-or-overview’ as Custom value.

That it. For those who prefer Linux command, you can do this via a single command:

gsettings set click-action 'minimize'

gsettings minimize on click

minimize on click

Minimize an application window by single clicking on its icon on system taskbar or dock app launcher is a common used functionality.

This ‘minimize on click’ behavior for Unity’s Left Launcher is not ready in Ubuntu out-of-the-box. So this simple tutorial is going to tell you how to enable this handy feature in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf.

Minimize window on click

1. Install Unity Tweak Tool.

Search for and install unity tweak tool via Ubuntu Software Center:


2. Launch Unity Tweak Tool once installed. Then click the first icon that says ‘Launcher’ to go to its configuration page.


3. Check the box says ‘Minimize single window applications on click’ and done.


The change takes effect immediately. Enjoy!

reset unity ubuntu 14.04
One of my favorite Unity features was that we can click on an Unity Launcher icon to minimize an opened application window.

The feature was last supported in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS. Now it comes back in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty LTS and here is how to enable it.

Once screencast is enough:

Minimize window on click

To get started:

  1. Search for and install compizconfig settings manager via Ubuntu Software Center. Or install it via terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) command:
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
  2. Open CCSM from Unity Dash.
  3. Click “Ubuntu Unity Plugin” and then navigate to the Launcher tab.
  4. Enable “Minimize Single Window Applications (Unsupported)” by check the box after that line

enable minimize on click

That’s it. Enjoy!