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Clicking on a running application's icon in the unity Launcher it brings the application to the front.

This is similar behavior to the old gnome taskbar except that in the old taskbar if I clicked a second time the window would be sent back to where it was in the front/back hierarchy.

Is this possible in unity?

Elaboration just to be clear:

I have four programs open

  • Firefox
  • Tasks
  • Thunderbird
  • Nautilus

Firefox it topmost, below it is Tasks, and below that is Thunderbird and at the bottom (or back) is Nautilus

If I'm currently using Firefox and I want to quickly check on my Tasks I can click the Tasks icon in the launcher and this window is brought to the front.

  • Tasks
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Nautilus

However, having checked this I now want to go back to what I was doing on Firefox. I used to be able to click the icon in the taskbar again to achieve this.

  • Firefox
  • Tasks
  • Thunderbird
  • Nautilus

This is not the case in unity. I have to move my mouse to the Firefox icon in the launcher to go back to Firefox. Clicking the Tasks icon again does nothing.

I'd like this old functionality duplicated in unity as it was a handy feature. Can anyone tell me if this is possible now or will be in the future?

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You can minimize window, by clicking again on it's launcher, it's called Dodge, and it was working in 11.10, but Canonical decide to remove it. You can re-enable it by adding this ppa:
1. Open terminal (from launcher, or shortcut: ctrl+alt+k)
2. Execute sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped (you have to enter your password in terminal after that.
3. Execute sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
4. Log out and log in for the changes to take effect.

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Awesome!! Works perfectly! Cheers :-D – Jesse the Wind Wanderer Sep 13 '12 at 13:45

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