Does 16.04 include the ability to use the mouse wheel on the title bar to roll the window pane up/down like window blinds/shades?

This is a really handy feature if you have a cluttered screen.

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    Nope, Unity doesn't have that feature. Blackbox and Openbox however have it via right click, if you don't mind minimalist desktops – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Oct 12 '16 at 12:30
  • I've got it in Mint Cinnamon. – prowla Oct 12 '16 at 12:54
  • so install cinnamon desktop, its available for Ubuntu too. But default desktop, Unity doesn't have that feature, as i already mentioned – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Oct 12 '16 at 13:30
  • Well, it is there, but it doesn't quite work properly. If you do Ctrl-Alt-S id does roll up the window, but immediately minimises it to the dock. – prowla Oct 12 '16 at 16:57

Try CCSM compizconfig-settings-manager with it's plugins (via synaptic), there you should find a lot of configuration options including window and mouse behaviour.

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  • Thanks - I see the "Shade Animation" effect there, but not how to actuate it. – prowla Oct 12 '16 at 16:59
  • (Apart from Ctrl-Alt-S, which doesn't quite work.) – prowla Oct 12 '16 at 17:00

Unity on 16.04 LTS out-the-box has Window Roll Up / Window Roll Down functionality which is accessed by Ctrl+Alt+s and set by

$ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings toggle-shaded

User can set middle-click action to shade with:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences \
action-middle-click-titlebar 'toggle-shade'

But shading seems to be broken on Unity - window shades and then immediately hides in dock. This bug 1313446 is already reported to launchpad.

But these options works better on GNOME FlashBack Session which is installed with

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

shaded calculator on Xenial

And of course them work normally on MATE DE and Cinnamon.

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Given that Unity is running alongside Compiz, you could try to add the following line to ~/.config/compiz-1/compizconfig/Default.ini under '[core]':

s0_toggle_window_shaded_key = w

As you see in the above line, this is supposed to allow you to use w to shade/unshade the focused window.

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