Enable Minimize Application Window on Click in Ubuntu 17.10

gnome shell

‘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 org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'minimize'

gsettings minimize on click