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Is there a way to turn off “auto-maximize”?
How to keep programs from launching maximized? 11.04

On a small netbook screen, it's useful to have windows maximized by default. However, on two separate machines with full-sized screens, Unity doesn't seem to realize that always opening browser windows maximized is just annoying.

How can I teach Unity the error of its ways? On a full-sized screen, I don't want Unity to auto-maximize any window, unless I happen to configure it to do so for a particular window (which is unlikely).

(By the way, I'm running Natty.)

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marked as duplicate by RolandiXor, Marco Ceppi Jun 5 '11 at 22:06

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Good catch. Wonder why I couldn't find the duplicate. – Scott Severance May 29 '11 at 9:36
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There are two things you can do to manage unity and its maximizing, although neither are 100% efficient.

Firstly use dconf-editor and switch the setting Desktop > Unity > 'Form Factor' to Desktop

Secondly you can use CCSM (compizconfig-settings-manager) and change the 'Place Windows > General > Placement Mode' to Smart - or which ever option works best for you.

Unfortunately I'm under the impression that this behavior is a feature, not a bug, to encourage us to use multiple desktops rather than clutter a single one.

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Thanks, but no dice. Changing the form factor had no effect, and window placement was already set to smart. And multiple desktops in Unity are inconvenient. I used multiple desktops extensively pre-Natty, but now, I haven't found a good setup that works well with Unity. The default is hopelessly broken. – Scott Severance May 27 '11 at 5:34
There is something else you can do, but I'm a little out of my depth beyond recommending you look into it. The program Devilspie allows you to take finer control over your windows, and their placement. Unfortunately I don't use it, but hopefully it'll set you on your way. – thomas michael wallace May 27 '11 at 9:09
Devilspie is working for me. Thanks. – Scott Severance May 29 '11 at 13:32

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