Open new windows in the middle of the screen

Bug #1758314 reported by amano on 2018-03-23
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-settings (Ubuntu)
Didier Roche

Bug Description

When opening a new new window in gnome-shell it comes up in the top left corner. This is not desireable since it creates a lot of "black" there in dark themes and it has some pixels of a bright background theme shining through due to window headerbar being rounded.

Gnome solved the "pixels shining through thing" upstream by having that corner rounded in a gnome-session. But this is not feasible in the Ubuntu session because the Ubuntu dock is there and the corner cannot be rounded.

Having new windows come up in the middle of the screen would be more pleasing visually: It doesn't look crammed (dark headerbar + dark top bar) by default and the background pixels shine only "through" if you choose to drag the window to that corner.

On the Ubuntu Community HUB Carlos Lobrano suggested to toggle a switch in Mutter to change the default position for new windows. It's center-new-windows under /org/gnome/mutter

amano (jyaku) wrote :
description: updated
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2018-03-23
summary: - [Whishlist] Open new windows in the middle of the screen
+ Open new windows in the middle of the screen
Changed in mutter (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Carlo Lobrano (c-lobrano) wrote :

Sorry for being so picky, but it is not a glitch, it is simply the shape of a unmaximized window :)

However, if possible, having new windows opened in the center of the screen would be nice for the user.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software at .

If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2018-04-03
affects: mutter (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-settings (Ubuntu)
Changed in ubuntu-settings (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Didier Roche (didrocks)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-settings - 18.04.2

ubuntu-settings (18.04.2) bionic; urgency=medium

  [ Didier Roche ]
  * Open new windows in the middle of the screen as requested by the community
    for the communitheme session. (LP: #1758314)

  [ Jeremy Bicha ]
  * Add override for gnome-initial-setup.desktop for the Ubuntu sessions with
    'Welcome to Ubuntu' title and Ubuntu icon
  * Allow the new .desktop to be translated
  * Depend on gnome-control-center-data since that's where the icon is
    currently installed
  * Drop the imagemagick .desktop overrides. Let's fix the issue in
    imagemagick directly.

 -- Jeremy Bicha <email address hidden> Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:24:28 -0400

Changed in ubuntu-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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