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Re: Minimize on launcher icon click


Well I was one of those that "thought I Didn't need" the patch/functionality till I tried it.

Now I feel it does speed up my workflow.

The new spread design will have the CLOSE button, which is great.

but it doesnt do anything to help get windows out of the way easily.

it just feels nice to bring a window up quickly and then minimize again just as quickly with a single click and without moving/targeting the mouse to another area of the screen. So, after a year of Not having minimise I thought I lost that muscle memory, but yea it was there alright, just felt natural :)

I think everyone should give the little patch a try and see if they like it or not.

From: me@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:20:35 +0100
To: unity-design@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Unity-design] Minimize on launcher icon click

Hi all,
A month or so ago I wrote a patch for Unity that implements this wontfixed request which was made more than a year ago: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ayatana-design/+bug/733349.

The issue is that clicking on launcher icons with a single window of that app open does nothing, which is very unintuitive. My patch makes that case minimize the window instead, and also provides a quicklist item to do so, for the case of multiple windows. I've attached the patch, and you can install it from my PPA, ojno/unity-minimize-on-click, here: https://launchpad.net/~ojno/+archive/unity-minimize-on-click. I've tried to make a screencast to demonstrate it but my only Precise install atm is in a virtualbox, and I can't get any screen recorders to work. Maybe someone else could post one.

When I first released this it was covered on WebUpd8 (http://www.webupd8.org/2012/03/unity-with-minimize-on-click-patch.html) and OMGubuntu (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/03/how-to-minimize-apps-to-the-unity-launcher-in-ubuntu-12-04/), but I decided to hold off on this email until Precise was released, given you all must have been busy testing. Great release, btw. Mostly. ;) 

Please reconsider the wontfixing of this. It's a tiny patch, doesn't interfere with Spread or anything else, and makes window management much easier.

Jonathan French

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