Dock - Clicking icon doesn't minimize

Bug #1723835 reported by clickwir
This bug affects 17 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Dash to dock
gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have open Firefox, it is maximized. Clicking on it's icon in the Dock does nothing, I expect it would minimize Firefox. Unity, KDE and Windows behave in this manor.

Window doesn't have to be maximized to show this behavior, clicking the icon in the Dock will bring up a selection popup if there are multiple instances of that application open, but if there is only one it does nothing.

Tested with Gnome Terminal, Firefox, Chromium, Files, VLC, Terminator, all behave the same.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: nautilus 1:3.26.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Sun Oct 15 19:54:00 2017
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/nautilus-desktop
InstallationDate: Installed on 2015-10-29 (717 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" - Release amd64 (20151021)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: nautilus
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to artful on 2017-10-15 (0 days ago)

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clickwir (clickwir) wrote :
affects: nautilus (Ubuntu) → gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock (Ubuntu)
Changed in gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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SB (emehntehtt) wrote :

I agree with this, if Ubuntu wants to make life easier for users in this new desktop environment minimize on click is essential to it, dash to dock fully supports that option so I dont know why it is not included in Ubuntu dock, I am using 17.10 and I really miss that functionality, also Ubuntu needs an integrated search like the one in Unity dash because default Gnome search is anything but useful, I needed to install gnome-search-tool to have access to proper search functionality, these two things I consider essential in making new Ubuntu desktop usable, currently it is neither a copy of Unity nor vanilla Gnome so it doesnt have strengths of neither, I understand this is a transitory phase, but in my opinion Ubuntu desktop needs to be either pushed towards copying Unity as much as possible with extensions (existing or new ones) and perhaps a MacOS like search or just leave it as vanilla Gnome with Ubuntu fonts and theme. Current state is neither Unity nor Gnome which doesnt serve much purpose in the long run. App indicators dont work properly either with some applications (tiny or non existent icons) while TopIcons Plus extension on Gnome 3.26 still works flawlessly.

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Coeur Noir (coeur-noir) wrote :

Minimize single windows on click was neither a default behavior in Unity dock but at least the option to do so became available. I really hope it will also become available in Canonical-Ubuntu.

As is, many features from Unity dock are missing in gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock.

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Coeur Noir (coeur-noir) wrote :
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Didier Roche-Tolomelli (didrocks) wrote :

The option is available in the prefs of dash to dock or via gsettings key. The option was indeed never default behavior in Unity, but we didn't expose it in any official UI but only ccsm IIRC. I can see Tweaks growing this option, similarly than ccsm, as the code is already there, for people who want to tweak it this way.

However, feedback on click for single window is indeed needed (see the other bug report)

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SB (emehntehtt) wrote :

Minimize on click was introduced in Unity Tweak Tool and many users liked it, personally I see no point in classic dock that does not have that functionality, clicking constantly on minimize button requires more mouse work and effort and if I dont use minimize button, but instead use the overview, why bother with a classic dock in the first place? I believe introducing the option for minimize on click in Dock settings would make many users happy.

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Csaba Nemethi (csaba-nemethi) wrote :

Dash to Dock v63 (released on Apr 02 2018) added the new click action “minimize-or-previews”. IMHO, this is by far the most user-friendly click action of all supported ones. Unfortunately, this didn't become the default in Ubuntu 18.10. Currently, the file


contains the setting


(The click action 'previews' was introduced in Dash to Dock v60.)

I propose to replace the above line with


I am convinced that this change would satisfy the great majority of Ubuntu users.

tags: added: bionic
removed: artful
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Clinton H (49studebaker) wrote :

Click once to preview multiple windows, click again to minimize all of the app's windows.

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නොදන්නා (aunknown) wrote :

See the opensource project:
It works as expected (also same as windows 10)

If developers need better understand then easy to install above and test it.

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sepukkuhero (sepukkuhero) wrote :

Yes. The easiest and fastest way is sometimes to switch workspace or minimize all windows. Inconvenient.

Changed in gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in dash-to-dock:
status: Unknown → New
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