Learn how to Allow Decrease on Click on in Ubuntu

Improve system navigation on Ubuntu by enabling the "Click to Minimize" feature of the Ubuntu Dock.

Many Ubuntu users moving to Linux from Windows are looking for a way to get their new Linux system to minimize open windows when the appropriate dock or system tray icon is clicked. Unfortunately, Ubuntu doesn't offer a direct configuration option to enable this behavior.

While not all things are immediately obvious, a big part of what makes Ubuntu special is that it is highly customizable if you know where to look. When it comes to enabling the click to minimize window behavior, you don't have to look too far.

You can enable the click to minimize functionality from the command line or a graphical user interface. We'll show you how to do both.

Enable Click to minimize in Ubuntu from the command line

At Ubuntu's command prompt, you can enable click to minimize with just a single command. Open the Terminal and enter the following command:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click action & # 39; minimize & # 39;

You don't have to restart your system or log out and back in. The function to minimize click should be activated immediately. Go ahead and try it out!


If you later find that you don't like this new behavior, you can turn it off again by entering the following command in your terminal:

gsettings reset org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action

Toggle Minimize when clicked with the Dconf editor

If you prefer to work with a graphical interface, you can install the Dconf editor from the Ubuntu Software Center. Just open the Software Center from the Applications menu and enter dconf in the search field. Then click on Dconf Editor and install the application.

Once the installation is complete, start Notepad and go to org> gnome> shell> extensions> dash-to-dock. Scroll down a bit until you find Click action. Click the option to access the click action settings.

Here you want to deactivate the slider labeled Use default value and set the Custom value Option below too minimize. Then just click Use.

Again, there is no need to restart or log out. The click to minimize behavior should take effect immediately.

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JT McGinty
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JT is a technology industry veteran with over 25 years of experience. From technical support and programming to system administration, he did everything. He especially enjoys teaching new users the freedom and power of Linux.

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