Most window managers allow the user to “iconify” a frame, removing
it from sight, and leaving a small, distinctive “icon” window in its
place. Clicking on the icon window makes the frame itself appear again.
If you have many clients running at once, you can avoid cluttering up
the screen by iconifying most of the clients.
- Do not use a picture of a gnu as the Emacs icon.
- Start Emacs in iconified state.
By default Emacs uses an icon window containing a picture of the GNU gnu.
The ‘-nbi’ or ‘--no-bitmap-icon’ option tells Emacs to let the
window manager choose what sort of icon to use—usually just a small
rectangle containing the frame's title.
The ‘-iconic’ option tells Emacs to begin running as an icon,
rather than showing a frame right away. In this situation, the icon
is the only indication that Emacs has started; the text frame doesn't
appear until you deiconify it.