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This feature is present in Windows Vista and in the Unity shell for Ubuntu.

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If anyone does an extension that enables that, then wait for it in the meantime no that's not possible, Mutter isn't Compiz. –  Uri Herrera Jan 15 '12 at 19:44

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Try Ctrl+Alt+D to minimize all the windows and focus on desktop. It is set in System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts.

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I just tried this on my Precise install with GNOME Shell and it works. I imagine it should work for 11.10 as well. –  Christopher Kyle Horton Mar 6 '12 at 5:00
@Hey Gary, Works. Thanks. I shall stop short of accepting your answer though. –  Abhijith Mar 6 '12 at 8:29

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