This used to be fairly standard - many years ago. I see this:

How to do window roll-up/shade in 16.04?

But I haven't been able to make any of the solutions work for MATE.

Is there any tweak other than installing an entirely different desktop?


You can try to set new window-bar button layout on your Ubuntu MATE

gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general button-layout \

to get window rolled/unrolled (Roll Up / Roll Down) by mouse

BlackMATE-Roll1 GreenLaguna-Roll1

but here exists problem - not all themes support this functionality - at least BlackMATE, GreenLaguna support it (try from System->Preferences->Look and Feel->Appearance or mate-appearance-properties).

Other layout is supported by them too as

gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general button-layout \

BlackMATE-Roll2 GreenLaguna-Roll2

You can set keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+S to change window state:

gsettings set org.mate.Marco.window-keybindings toggle-shaded '<Ctrl><Alt>s'

Shortcut works even if theme does not show buttons.

Moreover if you want to set shade/unshade on mouse middle-click you do this with:

gsettings set org.mate.Marco.general action-middle-click-titlebar 'toggle_shade'

From System->Preferences->Look and Feel->Windows (mate-window-properties) on Behaviour tab you can set Titlebar Action on double-click on it (Double-click titlebar to perform this action) to Roll up instead of default Maximize.

I hope that finding and downloading themes is not a problem. Two are in the repository - Numix (numix-gtk-theme package) and Numix Blue (numix-blue-gtk-theme package).

I tested this on 16.04 LTS, 17.10 (now EOL), 18.04 LTS and 19.04 with Marco and Compiz window managers.

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    I had to switch to Black Mate. I'm happy with that. Jan 10 '18 at 16:51

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