There are various options to start a program minimised, or to start a program maximised and they work well, but I'm always looking for new challenges.

If I start a program minimised using the Devil's Pie method, and then click on it in the launcher, it restores to its regular size. Instead, I would like it to restore to a maximised state.

In other words, I want it to act as though it had started maximised, and then been minimised.


You can achieve a minimized maximized window using Python:

import wnck
import gtk
import subprocess
import time

chrome = subprocess.Popen(["google-chrome"])

b = True
while b:
    screen = wnck.screen_get_default()
    while gtk.events_pending():
    windows = screen.get_windows()
    for w in windows:
        if w.get_pid() == chrome.pid:
            b = False


google-chrome in this case will maximize then minimize. After this you just create a .desktop that can launch the script like the example shown below:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Application Name
Comment=Application Comment
Exec=python /exact/path/to/python/script.py
Categories=valid categories;

Make sure to set the desktop as a executable file or it will not function.

The script should be edited on line 6 where google-chrome should be replaced with whatever command you wish to execute. If the program have parameters they can be passed as following: "google-chrome", "para1", "para2".

Cred to this question for the python script (changed to chrome in my testing).

  • Interesting solution, I had to sudo apt-get install python-wnck on Xubuntu 14.04 to get it to work. – TuKsn Jul 2 '14 at 14:17
  • Oh, was already installed on Ubuntu :) – Xweque Jul 2 '14 at 14:21

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