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On one of my computers, clicking on an Icon on the launcher that has multiple application grouped will toggle between opening all the Windows in the group, or minimzing all the windows in the group.

On all the other computers, when there is more than one item on the icon, it will bring up the list and allow the user scroll through the icon list and click on just one application.

Does anyone know how to change this behavior to the default, whereas it will bring up the list if there is more than one icon in the group, and toggle restore/minimize when there is only one in the group?

You can see this list with a sequence of keystrokes:

  • right click the icon
  • click all windows
  • click the application instance from the list
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You can use gsettings to achieve your goal

If you run

gsettings get org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action

you should see different outputs for two different cases you mentioned, for example in the first scenario it should give minimize whereas in the second case it should be previews.

To set the preferred option as per the output of the command above, run

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'YOUR-PREFERRED-OPTION'

In particular, to achieve your goal, run

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'previews'
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  • Thanks. The command you gave for shoing the different cases only shows the one case that is currently in effect. It showed minimize. I went to one of the other computers and found the their setting which is previews. It works like a charm. You might consider adding the clarity to the answer for others having the same problem, but one computer... or show a command that will actually list the choices. – L. D. James Dec 10 '18 at 11:45
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    Another available action I find very useful is 'cycle-windows'. Instead of opening previews if there is more than one window open, it cycles through them. This is specially useful when combined with SUPER+# shortcuts so that you can directly access specific applications and cycle through all their windows. – kepler Jun 25 '19 at 15:22
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    @kepler I find setting the 'cycle-windows' option to mouse-scroll useful, especially when I'm using a mouse with scroll-wheel. – pomsky Jun 25 '19 at 15:28
  • Thanks for the tip, @pomsky. – kepler Jun 25 '19 at 15:34

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