[Quick Tip] Enable ‘Click to Minimize’ Function in Ubuntu 20.10

This is a beginner’s guide shows how to enable the left Dock click action ‘Click to Minimize’ in Ubuntu 20.10.

In the default Gnome desktop, clicking on an icon on the left Dock launcher will open or focus the application window. If you want to click it again to minimize this app window, then this tutorial is for you!

Supported Systems:

This tutorial is tested, and it works in the following systems:

  • Ubuntu 20.04.
  • Ubuntu 20.10.
  • Ubuntu 21.04.

Enable Click to Minimize via single command:

For those familiar with Linux commands, this minimize on click feature can be enabled simply by running a single command in terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock click-action 'minimize'

Enable Minimize on Click via Dconf Editor:

If you prefer using a graphical configuration tool. Search for and install Dconf Editor in Ubuntu Software:

Then launch dconf editor, navigate to org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock and scroll down to find out the ‘click-action‘ key.

Click go into its configuration page, then:

  • disable ‘Use default value’
  • Under Custom value select ‘minimize’, ‘minimize-or-overview’, or ‘minimize-or-previews’
  • Finally click bottom-right ‘Apply’ button to apply the change.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a geek who has been working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.