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.


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. – Edward Falk Jul 2 '15 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 – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Jul 2 '15 at 17:31
  • But then that key would lose its original function. – DK Bose Jul 2 '15 at 17:32
  • I'm ok with that. – Edward Falk Jul 2 '15 at 17:33
  • I'm guessing you can't use the Super key to minimize windows because that's been set to invoke the Whisker menu? – DK Bose Jul 2 '15 at 18:21

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. – Edward Falk Jul 2 '15 at 21:40

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