Ubuntu – When accidentally dragging an icon in the taskbar it will always stay in drag mode(18.04)


First of all it might be worth mentioning that I moved my taskbar to the bottom of the screen instead of the left side.

Let's say that I am currently running an application like firefox. If I try to use the taskbar (dock is the Ubuntu term I think?) and I click slightly below the icon, it turns into drag mode instead of just maximizing/minimizing the application window that I clicked on.

Why is this? Is there a way to turn this feature off?

With this system I have to be so conscious every time I use the taskbar of where my cursor is at the time of clicking, whereas in Windows 10 if you click on/slightly below the application icon in the taskbar, it will always minimize/maximize the app. Is there some way to make the taskbar function in the same way it does on Windows?

But it gets worse. If I start dragging the taskbar icon, it will ALWAYS drag the icon if I click on it a second time, even though I just did a simple left click on the icon. I can't figure out for the life of me what it is expecting me to do? Unless I just close the application and restart it, I can't use the taskbar at all to minimize/maximize. It will always just keep dragging the icon instead of just maximizing the app.

Best Answer

This still happens. Even when using Dash to Panel.

When it happens, I click the icon and the preview comes up. Without moving mouse off, click again and the right-click/context menu comes up. Without moving mouse off, click again and the window min/maximizes. It then works as normal, until I accidentally drag again.

Has anyone found or filed a bug for this, yet?

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