I'm using stock Ubuntu with Unity installed, and this problem is totally annoying.

In 12.04, Ctrl + Alt + 5 (Toggle Maximization State) would maximize/restore a window's state. E.g.:

  1. Open a terminal (which covers ~25% of the screen)
  2. Press Ctrl + Alt + 5 and it's maximized
  3. Press Ctrl + Alt + 5 again, and it's back to covering 25% of the screen.

In 14.04, pressing Ctrl + Alt + 5 the first time will maximize a window, but on the second time it will start toggling between maximized and full-screen (w/o menus). It won't ever restore the window's size to the non-maximized state.

I know there's another key that can do it (Ctrl + Super + Down = Restore Window), however, pressing this one twice will minimize the window entirely.

Is there a way to restore the behavior from 12.04?

2 Answers 2


Well, after installing Metacity (sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback), the behavior is as expected. From that I gather that the altered behavior is local to the Unity Launcher.

Don't think I can do much about it. But since I'm running inside a VirtualBox VM on a Win 8.1 system, and since Ubuntu 14.04 is way wayyy slower than 12.04 (especially with Unity Launcher), I think I'll stick with Metacity, which is a 2D display manager (as opposed to Unity Launcher or Gnome Compize, which are 3D and are killing the whole VM experience for me).


Try the Unity Tweak tool; research if you think this add on addresses functionality. I also did something to change desktop appearance. Type desktop settings in search bar and customize to see if that can help.

  • Thanks for the input. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything relevant in unity-tweak-tool. Jul 8, 2015 at 21:51

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