I'm using Google Chrome, Version 39 (64-bit), under Kubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (trusty).

Often, the browser's window becomes invisible after returning from standby, or after opening the window after it was minimized (either by clicking on it in the panel or selecting it among open windows with Alt+Tab).

The only thing that helps to make Chrome visible again is to switch to a TTY by Ctrl+Alt+F1-6 and then back to GUI with Ctrl+Alt+F7.

This has been quite annoying. I would greatly appreciate any solutions/workarounds?

UPDATE: I notice that it happens almost every time after standby/lockscreen when Chrome's window has been in the foreground before.

2 Answers 2


The issue seems to be connected to the compositer feature of KDE4 (or with Desktop Effects). If the Chrome window becomes invisible click Alt + Shift + F12 to switch on compositing and it will become visible instantaneously. I could no longer reproduce this behaviour with compositing on.

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    May I ask why you were using KDE4 without composition ?
    – Anwar
    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:13

I want to tell you to use Firefox as a solution (bad joke) :)


Try this

Open terminal,

sudo apt-get remove --purge google-chrome-stable

after that, re-install one of this version

sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable


sudo apt-get install google-chrome-beta


sudo apt-get install google-chrome-unstable

if you want to install via https://www.google.co.in/chrome/browser/ or wget


wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb
sudo apt-get -f install


wget https://dl.google.com/linux/direct/google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
sudo apt-get -f install

You have many options now probably one of that can solve your problem

  • So you are telling me to reinstall the browser? :) And test the latest, less stable versions?
    – datka
    Jan 20, 2015 at 14:31
  • Tried all that. No success.
    – datka
    Jan 30, 2015 at 14:37

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