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how do I get a shortcut to my desktop in the menubar? i.e. a clickable item that minimizes (or the like) all windows that are currently open.


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what version of ubuntu are you using? – fossfreedom Oct 6 '11 at 14:01
I usually keep an extra workspace with no launched apps in it to access the desktop, where Ctrl+Alt+Right|Left Arrow switches workspaces, so I no longer need such a function. – kyleN Oct 6 '11 at 17:57

For unity, Super+D is the shortcut that does the trick. Not clickable, but memorable.

(Super stands for Windows logo key on most PCs)

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What plugin is responsible for this? – RolandiXor Oct 8 '11 at 20:25
ccsm, general, general options, key bindings, show desktop. – aquaherd Oct 18 '11 at 17:12
lol I found it before you answered :P! Thanks though! – RolandiXor Oct 19 '11 at 14:33

Currently there's no "Show desktop" applet / icon for the Unity panel in Ubuntu 11.04 and while you can use Super + D to toggle Show Desktop, many are used to using an icon for this. So here's how to get such an icon on your Unity panel.

I. Install wmctrl:

sudo apt-get install wmctrl

II. Download the script and .desktop file, extract it and place the "showdesktop" script in the /usr/local/bin folder using the commands below



tar -xvf showdesktop.tar.gz && rm showdesktop.tar.gz

sudo mv showdesktop /usr/local/bin/

III. Now you should see a file called "showdesktop.desktop" in your home folder - you can move it wherever you want (or leave it there) and then simply drag it to the Unity launcher and you'll have a "Show desktop" icon.

Show Desktop Icon

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – RolandiXor Oct 8 '11 at 20:23
Yes Roland.. Will surely do.. I have a question, Won't the guy on the website who wrote that How-To think that I stole his post and put it here.. – Bhargav Oct 10 '11 at 9:17
Nope :)! It will be an honour to him, trust me. – RolandiXor Oct 10 '11 at 13:57

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