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I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 with the old-style GNOME setting from the GDM. (I don't like the new Unity interface.) Is there a way I can create a command that I can type in my terminal window to minimize it? It would be so awesome to simply type min and the terminal prompt minimizes while I focus on something else.

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  1. First, install the xdotool command:

    sudo apt-get install xdotool
    
  2. Then, create an alias to be able to run min as a command:

    echo 'alias min="xdotool getactivewindow windowminimize"' >> ~/.bashrc`
    
  3. Reload the .bashrc file:

    . ~/.bashrc
    
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The following python oneliner will minimize the current gnome-terminal window:

python3 -c "from gi.repository import Gdk; \
[ Gdk.Screen.get_default().get_active_window().iconify() for i in range(2)]"

Note that we need to call iconify() two times to minimize the window.

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    IIRC , you can run iconify twice, or you can store window object to variable, run .iconify() and then run window.process_all_updates() – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jan 29 '17 at 19:04
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You can just use keybindings of Ctrl+Space to open the window menu, then press N (in an English locale) to minimize the window.

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