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Can I minimize windows?

asked 2013-08-30 11:43:37 +0000

Dan gravatar image

I haven't found a function to minimize windows. Have I missed it? If not, what do people do when they don't want a window taking up space on the current workspace temporarily, but don't want to move it to another workspace where it doesn't really belong?

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What's wrong with tabbing / stacking a window away?

joepd gravatar imagejoepd ( 2013-08-31 01:11:10 +0000 )edit

Suppose I start a terminal and use it to start a GUI application. The terminal is useless most of the time, but I like it to be available in case there is some interesting output on stderr or stdout. The GUI application is Eclipse, let's say... So it generally demands my whole screen and it frequ

daveloyall gravatar imagedaveloyall ( 2014-02-28 15:27:20 +0000 )edit

...frequently pops up new windows and dialog boxes. What sequence of keys (default binding) would I use to emulate the 'minimize' in this case? Assume my actions thus far have been [login] Mod1+enter eclipse enter. So I've got a terminal on the left and Eclipse on the right. Eclipse has focus.

daveloyall gravatar imagedaveloyall ( 2014-02-28 15:30:45 +0000 )edit

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answered 2013-08-30 12:03:05 +0000

cee gravatar image

That calls for scratch pads.

See in this thread or in the official documentation.

And as far as I know it is not possible and will never be supported because that's not the i3 way.

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Sending a window to the scratchpad gets it out of the way quickly, but once I've done that to a few windows, getting back the one I want seems cumbersome. 'scratchpad show' only shows one. I can repeat that until I see the one I want, but it's not very convenient.

Dan gravatar imageDan ( 2013-08-30 17:52:28 +0000 )edit

Seems to me that putting the workspace in tabbed or stacked layout, or just putting one of the containers in tabbed layout would fit the workflow you want better.

DocOC gravatar imageDocOC ( 2013-08-31 22:30:11 +0000 )edit

Seems to me also that tabbed layout emulates having a panel with applications is use ala xfce panel/lxpanel etc

Eireannach gravatar imageEireannach ( 2014-12-10 22:55:36 +0000 )edit

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