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I am configuring shortcuts and just thought that it would be awesome to be able to open skype, thunderbird and this stuff minimized with a command-line-shortcut? Is there a way I could do this?

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marked as duplicate by i08in, Radu Rădeanu command-line May 22 '14 at 8:52

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skype & to launch it, in settings you can tell it to start minimized, not sure that is the solution you want... – Alvar Feb 20 '14 at 18:42
The below answers look good, I would just add that, once you get the proper command figured out create and alias to make it a short command:… – dan08 Feb 20 '14 at 18:49
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To open skype in the command line:

nohup skype &

To open it minimized:

In Settings - General check the box that is labeled "Start Skype minimized in the system tray." That should get it to open minimized. (It does in gnome 3 at least)

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easy command and just works :D thx – ubuntu.stuff Feb 20 '14 at 19:00
It does work with amarok, too but not with thunderbird. In Thunderbird there is also, I think, no option to open at minimized by default. – ubuntu.stuff Feb 20 '14 at 19:15
any possibility to fix that? – ubuntu.stuff Feb 20 '14 at 19:44
@ubuntu.stuff can you post it as a new question – kamil Feb 21 '14 at 7:51

If you want to start a program minimized you can use devilspie

Install using

sudo apt-get install devilspie

Then make a directory inside your home

mkdir ~/.devilspie

Now let's say you to start a Skype minimized. To do this create a file called "terminal.ds" in the ~/.devilspie folder you've just created with following contents :


    (is (application_name) "skype")

Save this file and start devilspie in terminal. I have tested it as "Terminal" instead of "skype" as application name .

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