Create A ‘Show Desktop’ Shortcut In Linux

Create A ‘Show Desktop’ Shortcut In Linux

There’s a keyboard shortcut to show the desktop on most (GNOME-based) Linux systems — Ctrl+Alt+D, or sometimes just Windows+D. If you like having an actual button to drop down, à la Windows, you can have that too.

Linux blog Web Upd8 explains the process for creating a desktop shortcut and loading it somewhere convenient. In the case shown there, it’s dragging it onto a Docky dock. If that’s not your thing, you can also add that new shortcut into your top panel’s app shortcut section, or just keep it in the lower-right corner of your desktop, as detailed by tipster Nitrokart (also known as “Barry knows CPR and took that guy’s wallet” — comments are fun, sometimes).

‘Show Desktop’ Applet For Docky (Gnome-Do) [Web Upd8]


  • Gnome has ctrl+alt+d already assigned to the show desktop shortcut by default, you do t have to do anything. Also by default the show desktop icon is usually in the bottom left (ubuntu). If you don’t have it’s a simple right click on the taskbar/panel, select Add To Panel, and select the show desktop applet. The only possible use for this is if you wanted a show desktop icon in a third party app that doesn’t already have it. In which case you probably already know a fair bit about linux

  • Why create clutter on your desktop when you can simply press super+d? It’s SO much faster.
    There is also ‘Show Desktop Button’ which you can add to any panel simply by right-clicking on a panel->Add to panel->Show Desktop.
    I don’t see the appeal of Docky, let alone bloating Docky with redundant features. I prefer to have a set of subtle shortcut icons sitting on a panel; they take up less space and are less distracting. I guess it’s a matter of taste.

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