In previous Ubuntu Unity Launcher’s auto-hide behavior there’s a ‘dodge windows’ option. This feature’s dropped from Ubuntu 12.04 Unity.

damianatorrpm has created a couple patches that will revert the Canonical changes and re-add the behavior back to the source. The patch was applied to the latest release of Unity 5.12.0 also with the ability to be able to click a program’s icon on the Launcher and minimize/unminimize that window.

If you prefer the Launcher feature ‘dodge windows’ and ‘click launch icon to minimize/unminimize window’, you can install this custom build from ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped:

NOTE: If you used the alternative method originally, please remove ~/.compiz-1 and the ‘staging’ folder before using the PPA method.

Open up a teminal window and add the PPA repository:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ikarosdev/unity-revamped

Then do update system:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now you’re done. In next login launch Compizconfig Settings Manager(sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager), ‘dodge windows’ option is back in Unity Plugin’s configuration page.

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