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When i open(not only running) an application, how to make the other windows minimized?

PS It seems i can not do it with Devilspie.

Thank you for your time.
Ubuntu 12.04

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This is a decent question but there probably isn't a realistic answer. You might edit your question with why you want to do this. There might be an easier approach that you hadn't thought of. – Tom Brossman Sep 7 '12 at 14:39
Thank you for your attention, Tom! – Nwbie Sep 7 '12 at 20:06
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You cannot make other windows be minimized when a new Window is opened. However, you can make all other windows transparent or dark.

Using Compiz to achieve a similar effect.

It may not be possible to minimized all other windows when a Window is opened, but you can make it seem as though all other Windows are minimized.

Before you continue, make sure to install compiz-plugins-extra Install compiz-plugins-extra.

Using the plugin "Dim Inactive":

Using Compiz "Trail Focus":

  • As above, if you have not already done so, install Compiz Config Settings Manager
  • Enable "Trail Focus"
    This, is CNN
  • Set up the options under "Behaviour" as follows:
  • And under "Appearance" as follows:
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With trail focus:

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Oh, my dear friend! Thank you so much!! PS if anybody does not have these plugins, you can install it: "sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-extra" – Nwbie Sep 7 '12 at 20:05
Hey Roland you just made their day! Nice answer. – Tom Brossman Sep 7 '12 at 20:09
@TomBrossman: thanks :)! – RolandiXor Sep 8 '12 at 1:01
@Nwbie: I was wondering if I had missed a step, lol. I'll add that. – RolandiXor Sep 8 '12 at 1:01

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