I'm looking at the window manager keyboard settings but I don't see it. There are shortcuts for maximize, hide, move, and so forth, so I'd think I was on the right page.


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Ctrl+Super+ pressed once will exit the maximized mode, then on the second press - minimize it

  • Thanks, but I was hoping to assign a single key. Every version of Linux I've ever used, I was able to assign the super key to minimize the window and the right menu key to send it to the back. This is the first version of Linux where I couldn't do that. Jul 2, 2015 at 17:23
  • Well, at this moment all I could think of is binding a single key to xdotool key Ctrl+Super+Down command, but perhaps other people will come up with other , better solutions Jul 2, 2015 at 17:31
  • I'm ok with that. Jul 2, 2015 at 17:33
  • Very cool, especially Ctrl+Super+Left and Right. The minimise on down arrow twice doesn't work for me though. Maybe because I installed Ubuntu and then changed the DE to Gnome? Jul 16, 2015 at 17:54

Awww, fer crying out loud. I found it. "Minimize" has been renamed "Hide". Why did they do that?


Use the steps below to minimize the active window with Right Ctrl or Right Super

  1. Install the package xdotool

    sudo apt-get install xdotool
  2. Install the package xbindkeys

  3. Edit your xbindkeys configuration, e.g.:

    nano ~/.xbindkeysrc

    and add one of the configurations below

    for Right Ctrl

    "xdotool getactivewindow windowminimize"

    or for Right Super

    "xdotool getactivewindow windowminimize"
  4. Kill all kbindkeys processes*

    killall xbindkeys
  5. Restart xbindkeys with your configuration, eg:

    xbindkeys -f ~/.xbindkeysrc

For an other key use

xbindkeys --key

to find the correct name

Example for Left Ctrl

"(Scheme function)"
    m:0x14 + c:37
    Control+Mod2 + Control_L

therefore use Control_L

* If this was not the first time you've configured xbindkeys, you can type killall -HUP xbindkeys instead and skip step 5.

  • Sigh. Thanks. I'll try it. This sort of stuff is why Linux still isn't ready for the desktop. Jul 2, 2015 at 21:40

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