"Launch skype in the background" is not an option now so I'm trying to bypass it. I tried to add this line to the autostart file:

&& sleep 5 && xdotool windowminimize $(xdotool search --onlyvisible --class Skype)

but this command opens skype as an empty window and I dunno why.

I tried to make a cron:

@reboot sleep 60 && xdotool windowminimize $(xdotool search --onlyvisible --class Skype)

It doesn't work as well and I dunno why.

Can you tell me why these options doesn't work for me and how to make them behave itself? :D

Tnank you!


This seems to be an XY problem. Newer versions of Skype does support starting in the background. Go to Tools > Settings and toggle on "Launch Skype in the background".

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    I have the latest version and it produces unclosable window if this option selected. – Александр Захаров Feb 10 '18 at 11:21
  • Strange! Works fine here, Skype v8.15.0.4 on Ubuntu 17.10. – pomsky Feb 10 '18 at 11:40
  • Same version, but Ubuntu 16.04. I googled this problem and I'm not the only one who faced it. Good opportunity to learn shell scripting:D – Александр Захаров Feb 10 '18 at 11:49

I updated to 17.10 and switched from Unity to Gnome. It fixed the problem.

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