If you have multiple windows of the same application open and click on the application icon in the dock or the sidebar, then a small preview window is shown.

screenshot of window preview

That is annoying and I would rather like to switch to the application immediately. I think that was possible in previous Ubuntu GNOME versions.

How can I disable this small preview window in the dock?

  • @pomsky you replaced "sidebar" with "dock" in the question, so users that don't know that this is called "dock" (like me) won't be able to find this question with the answer. Maybe it is enough to mention GNOME sidebar here? :-) – klausi Sep 28 '18 at 18:45
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    Good idea! Edited and put sidebar in parentheses (brackets) too. :-) – pomsky Sep 28 '18 at 18:47
  • Also if you remember correctly this dock is not exactly the same thing from older Ubuntu GNOME releases (unless you also have been using the "Dash to Dock" extension). The "GNOME sidebar" (called dash) used to appear only in "Activities" overview, not always on your desktop. This dock is an extension shipped with Ubuntu 18.04 (a fork of Dash to Dock extension actually). – pomsky Sep 28 '18 at 18:59

On your Terminal run:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'skip'

Or you can try(This will allow you to cycle through the open windows by clicking on the icon):

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'cycle-windows'

To revert the action:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'previews'
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    Thanks a lot! The 'cycle-windows' option is exactly what I was looking for. – klausi Sep 27 '18 at 17:21

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