When closing atom when it's resized to fullscreen, then restarting atom doesn't result in a window.

Use the following steps to reproduce:

  1. Install atom from the deb (https://atom.io)
  2. Set Atom to fullscreen
  3. Close Atom
  4. Restart Atom. It starts but there is no window...

To get the window back use super + up (restore window size).

See the following gif, on a fresh virtualbox installation with a fresh atom install. gif

3 Answers 3


The same thing also happens with Brave (browser). It's clear that the window is maximized, as the panel at the top becomes black. If you click and drag down just below the black panel, the program window restores to a non-maximized size and becomes visible. If you maximize it again, it'll work correctly until will close the window again.

  • Perhaps it only happens with electron apps?
    – dietervdf
    Oct 23, 2018 at 4:32
  • Maybe not. FontBase is also an electron app and works correctly (though it's not installed, as it's an AppImage file).
    – racporto
    Oct 23, 2018 at 16:23

I have found that enabling logging when you open up Atom stops this from happening most of the time.

atom -l ~/atom-log.txt

You can set an alias in your ~/.bashrc file to make launching Atom from the terminal with the config easier.

printf '\nalias atom="atom -l ~/.atom/log.txt"' >> ~/.bashrc

System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Windows > Unmaximize

Mine defaults to Alt F5

Thanks a ton for posting. I reinstalled Atom 3 times before finding this.

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