I like to work with a number of apps open on a secondary monitor, one with a maximized window, and several more that are manually tiled in a particular way on top of them, just exposing a particular part of the maximized app so that I can see if it needs attention. I would like to be able to quickly and easily send the maximized window to the back of the stack when I'm done with it to reveal all the other windows I have there so I can focus on them instead. Right now I either alt-tab through the windows to bring them to front, or live with them being out of view for awhile, which is sub-optimal.

Suggestions as to how to achieve this? Something like an entry in the right-click menu on the title bar for "Send to back" would be great, but I'd settle for just about anything simpler than what I'm doing now.

  • On terminal I would use wmctrl (with something like-v -r :ACTIVE: ...) or xdotool. Feb 9, 2019 at 5:03

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The keyboard shortcut is disabled by default, but can be easily added.

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  • Another good option!
    – qhartman
    Nov 6, 2015 at 17:52

A middle click on the title bar should send the clicked window back.

If it is no longer available, it should be configurable depending on your window manager; use gconf-editor for metacity and clutter, ccsm for compiz.

  • which key in gconf-editor? Jan 5, 2018 at 15:22
  • This post is dated. Nowadays it is dconf-editor. Use gnome-tweak-tool instead.
    – aquaherd
    Jan 6, 2018 at 11:55

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