This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-settings - 18.04.2

ubuntu-settings (18.04.2) bionic; urgency=medium

  [ Didier Roche ]
  * Open new windows in the middle of the screen as requested by the community
    for the communitheme session. (LP: #1758314)

  [ Jeremy Bicha ]
  * Add override for gnome-initial-setup.desktop for the Ubuntu sessions with
    'Welcome to Ubuntu' title and Ubuntu icon
  * Allow the new .desktop to be translated
  * Depend on gnome-control-center-data since that's where the icon is
    currently installed
  * Drop the imagemagick .desktop overrides. Let's fix the issue in
    imagemagick directly.

 -- Jeremy Bicha <>  Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:24:28 -0400

** Changed in: ubuntu-settings (Ubuntu)
       Status: Triaged => Fix Released

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  Open new windows in the middle of the screen

Status in ubuntu-settings package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  When opening a new new window in gnome-shell it comes up in the top
  left corner. This is not desireable since it creates a lot of "black"
  there in dark themes and it has some pixels of a bright background
  theme shining through due to window headerbar being rounded.

  Gnome solved the "pixels shining through thing" upstream by having
  that corner rounded in a gnome-session. But this is not feasible in
  the Ubuntu session because the Ubuntu dock is there and the corner
  cannot be rounded.

  Having new windows come up in the middle of the screen would be more
  pleasing visually: It doesn't look crammed (dark headerbar + dark top
  bar) by default and the background pixels shine only "through" if you
  choose to drag the window to that corner.

  On the Ubuntu Community HUB Carlos Lobrano suggested to toggle a
  switch in Mutter to change the default position for new windows. It's
  center-new-windows under /org/gnome/mutter

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