Natty/Unity needs obvious way to toggle between open/close & full/partial screen dash

Bug #733333 reported by mlaverdiere on 2011-03-11
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Fix Released
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Right now in Natty (Alpha 3 + daily build), it seems that when you click on the Ubuntu menu (upper left) or application/files dash buttons on Unity bar, you get:

a) full or partial screen dash, according to your screen resolution (sse this:

b) to open the dash, but with no obvious way to close it (except for the Ubuntu logo upper left menu, which appears to toggle between open/close dash when you clik on it since a few days).

My request/wish: to have more functional dash buttons, in order to be able to 1) open *and* close dash; and 2) to choose between full and partial screen (maybe using their contextual menu, or any other way... except by asking the user to go through a gconf-editor procedure).


mlaverdiere (mlaverdiere) wrote :

It seem that it's possible to easily switch to full screen dash, but not the other way around.

See screenshot attached: In partial screen dash, there's an icon (sort of) at bottom right to switch to full screen dash, but this icon is not present in full screen dash to revert to partial screen. IMHO, this icon should also be present in full screen dash *and* last user choice should be remembered, so next time he/she'll probably get the preferred dash screen size.

Eylem (eylemkoca) wrote :

I agree with a need for a button to revert the Dash size to small, and remembering the user choice next time Dash opens.

For a close button, I'm not sure, I like lean, and pressing Esc or re-clicking the button that initiated Dash should work. Oops, I just noticed, if you initiate Dash by pressing "Applications" or "Files & Folders", re-clicking those do not close Dash. It really should.

Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-03-16
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
mlaverdiere (mlaverdiere) wrote :

Following today's updates, it appears that clicking on the applications/files & folders dash buttons allows to open and close dash screens. So, AFAIC, 50% of the bug/whish reported here is fixed. Thanks!

Now, just waiting for the bottom right button to appears in full dash screen to allow to revert to partial dash screen.

(@Eylem: My intent was not to propose the inclusion of a close button, but just the possibility to close dash screens upon "reclicking" on dash button. I agree with you that lean is usually better... as far as there is some basic required functionalities!).

Stephen M. Webb (bregma) wrote :

Fixed by adding close/minimize/maximize controls some releases ago. Marking as Fix Released as appropriate.

Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Fix Released
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