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How to recover from a minimized Hangouts window in Chrome OS

Hangouts logoChrome OS is great, and Google Hangouts is also great, but for some reason there’s a major bug that affects a group of users who use both on a regular basis. It seems that if you’re in an active video or phone Hangouts call, and you minimize the Window, it’s impossible to get it back using normal methods.

Here’s what happens to me now, running the latest version of Chrome OS in the beta channel:

  • If I’m in a video call and I minimize the Hangout, clicking the Hangout icon in the launcher will attempt to open another Hangout video call, which will then result in an error message. Right clicking the Hangout icon does not give me the option to close the window.
  • If I’m in a telephone call and I minimize the Hangout, clicking the Hangout icon in the launcher will open the settings menu. Again, I’m unable to close the Hangout by right clicking the Hangout icon.

The only way to “recover” from a minimized Hangout window is to toggle your Windows, using either the alttab key combination, or the new overview mode using the multi-window button in the function row.

Hopefully Google will fix this problem very soon, because it’s frankly unacceptable.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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