Each time I open any application, it zooms to fill-up the entire desktop and so I am always forced to use "Unmaximize" using Alt+Space menu.


For GNOME 3.8 and later, it's

gsettings set org.gnome.mutter auto-maximize false

You can also set this by dconf-editor.


If you are talking about Metacity (GNOME Classic with no effects), it's possible that the maximize_windows option was enabled for some reason. To make sure it is disabled, open Terminal from the applications menu and enter this command:

gconftool --set --type=bool /apps/metacity/general/auto_maximize_windows False

You can set the /apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/automaximize_value key in gconf to 100:

gconftool-2 -s /apps/compiz-1/plugins/unityshell/screen0/options/automaximize_value -t int 100


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