Today, we will see one of the post installation steps in Fedora desktop. This brief guide explains how to enable minimize and maximize buttons in application windows in Fedora Workstation and Silverblue editions.
As you may already know, there is no minimize and maximize buttons in Application windows in Fedora Silverblue as well as Fedora Workstation editions.
If you want to minimize an application window, you need to right click on its title bar and choose the minimize option from the context menu.
Unfortunately, you don't even get that option in Firefox with your mouse. To minimize Firefox window, you should hit the
Left ALT+SPACEBAR keys and choose Minimize option.
I don't know what is the benefit of hiding most frequently used buttons. Ubuntu GNOME desktop has the min/max buttons, but Fedora hasn't.
If you want to bring back the minimize and maximize buttons in Fedora GNOME and Silverblue editions, you can enable them with the help of Gnome Tweaks utility and Dash to Panel extension in Fedora.
Install Gnome Tweaks in Fedora
Gnome Tweaks, previously known as Tweak Tool, is a Graphical interface for advanced GNOME 3 settings. It is primarily designed for GNOME Shell, however it can be used in other desktops as well. You may not have all features if you use Tweaks on a different desktop. It is available in the default repositories of Fedora. So you can install Gnome Tweaks on Fedora using
dnf package manager like below:
$ sudo dnf install gnome-tweaks
If you are on Fedora Silverblue, you need to enter into your toolbox container using command:
$ toolbox enter
And then install Tweaks as shown in the previous command.
Enable Dash to panel extension in Fedora
The Dash to panel extension is an icon taskbar for the Gnome Shell. This extension moves the dash into the gnome main panel so that the application launchers and system tray are combined into a single panel, similar to that found in KDE Plasma and Windows 7+ operating systems.
The Dash to panel extension gives you a permanently visible panel with favorite shortcuts. So a separate dock is no longer needed for easy access to running and favorited applications.
To enable Dash to panel extension, go to GNOME extensions site and search for Dash to panel extension.
Click the Dash to panel link in the search results. You will be redirected to Dash to panel extension official page. Click on the ON button.
In the next window, click Install button to enable Dash to panel extension.
One this extension is activated, you will see the Dash panel at the bottom along with your favorite shortcuts.
Enable minimize and maximize buttons in Fedora
Open the Gnome Tweaks application. Go to Windows Tittlebars and toggle min/max buttons on.
As soon as you toggled the min/max buttons on, the minimize and maximize buttons will appear in all applications windows.
By default, the min/max buttons are visible at the right side. You can change its position to left or right.
The Dash to panel extension has lots of fine tuning and customization options. Right click on the Dash panel and choose Settings option and start customizing it as per your liking.