How to "Show Desktop" in Ubuntu Linux

Like Windows, Ubuntu (and pretty much every other Linux) has a "Show Desktop" icon on it's toolbar that minimizes all the running applications to the taskbar allowing full view of the desktop.

I discovered it last week by accident whilst I was attempting to pull off a difficult triple-press-perfect-timing-required IDE 'shortcut' ;)

The keyboard shortcut for "Show Desktop" is:

Ctrl-Alt-D
I also found a great linux desktop hotkeys article written by the Calgary Linux Users Group.

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11 comments:

Adam said...

Thank sooooo much been trying to find that shortcut for ages!!

Noel said...

A deep sigh. At last! Thanks for that shortcut. Noel

cdunn said...

Nice, thanks for the info. I wanted to know how to show desktop with the keyboard ever since I first pressed "Windows key"+D and all it did was type the letter D into my OpenOffice document...

Daniel Liriano said...

OMG! I owe you.

You are God sent!!

I've been trying to see my desktop for 2weeks.

Thanks again.

Daniel

Anonymous said...

Awesome thanks.

MeMing said...

Having just started playing around with Ubuntu, this was one of the first things I have been trying to do with "window+d"! Oh well, at least I didn't have to spend as much time as others did! haha!

My point is, thanks a bunch!

Niju said...

A Big Thanks

Furtano said...

rly ty

Anonymous said...

thank you!!! been trying to figure this one out for a while.. guess if i just would have searched i would have found duh lol.. thanks a bunch

lilyB said...

ooh dear!! finally! thanks dude :)

Ashirbad said...

thnks sir, very handy, specially in ubuntu 11.10