I run over the following problem in Ubuntu 14.04:

When I right click, or double click title bar of a nautilus, or at any opened window, or any browser window and so on, it shade and disappear.

Image is an Example of behavior of terminal window when right/double clicked:


In the previous Ubuntu versions (13.10) when a title bar right-click cause the menu to pop-up. Appears a sub-menu with options to move the window around work spaces and few more choices. Now I can not find this menu, and this option can be reached only with shortcut keys.

I wold be glad to have a hint of that issue.


You can tweak title-bar actions by using Unity Tweak Tool as following.

open terminal and run sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-toolcommand to install.

Then goto Window Manager > Additional Tab and Set Title-bar Actions.

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Double click: Maximize
Right click: Menu

If you choose command-line method then open terminal and type following:

To get current settings for title-bar actions:-

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences action-double-click-titlebar
gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences action-right-click-titlebar

To set new settings title-bar actions:-

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences action-double-click-titlebar 'toggle-maximize'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences action-right-click-titlebar menu

This worked for me. Hope this helps.

  • the shade is so strage, if I click minimize it will have identical functionality; I was expecting it to just roll up, so keep just the title bar; unfortunately that functionality seems to have been completely removed? – Aquarius Power May 11 '16 at 7:21

Happens to me too running Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit and Nvidia drivers from repository. However, on a netbook with a Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit and intel drivers it doesn't happen and the behaviour is normal.

Edit: Following the lead of previous answer, I found that my settings in windows manager were, in fact, different on my computers. The thing is that I made some compiz and unity resets on the first computer and the default values on Window Manager > Additional set all mouse clicks to "window shade" or "roll up" feature. Default values should perhaps be changed. Because there is no point having the same feature atributted to all 3 mouse buttons and, in addition, "window shade" is buggy and not working in Ubuntu 14.04 as described here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/compiz/+bug/1293740

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