How to enable minimize on click in Ubuntu

Many Ubuntu users who come to Linux after switching from Windows are having to find a way to make their new Linux system minimize open windows when clicking on the taskbar icon or the corresponding toolbar. Unfortunately, Ubuntu does not provide a direct configuration option to enable this behavior.

While things may not be immediately obvious, what makes Ubuntu special is the fact that it is highly customizable, if you know the right place to look. When it comes to enabling click to minimize windows, you don’t have to look too far.

You can enable the click-to-minimize function via the command line or the graphical interface. will show you how to do both through the following article!

Enable minimize on click in Ubuntu from the command line

At Ubuntu’s Command Prompt, you can enable minimize on click with a single command. Open Terminal and enter the following command:

gsettings set click-action 'minimize'

You won’t need to reboot the system or log out and back in again. Click-to-zoom function will be enabled immediately.

If you later change your mind and don’t like this new behavior, you can turn it off by entering the following command into Terminal:

gsettings reset click-action

Enable minimize on click with Dconf Editor

If you prefer to work through a graphical interface, you can install Dconf Editor from the Ubuntu Software Center. Just open Software Center from the menu Applications and enter dconf into the search box. Then click Dconf Editor and install the app.

Install Dconf Editor from Ubuntu Software Center

Once it’s installed, launch the editor and go to org > gnome > shell > extensions > dash-to-dock. Scroll down a bit until you find a click. Click the option to access the click action settings.

Click-action menu in Ubuntu Dconf
Click-action menu in Ubuntu Dconf

Here you want to disable the slider that says use defaults and set options Custom value below it to Minimize. Then just click Apply.

Again, no need to reboot or log out. Click-to-zoom behavior takes effect immediately.

Now that you have click-to-zoom enabled, don’t stop there. Let’s keep exploring! There are many more things you can do to improve your Ubuntu system.

Hope you are succesful.


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