In Xubuntu 20.04, I can't find a keyboard shortcut for "show desktop". For example, Ctrl+Alt+D does nothing. Of course I can define a new keyboard shortcut. The problem is I don't know what program performs a "show desktop".

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    Just for curiosity: have you tried also Super (typically the key with Win logo) + D ? Aug 22, 2020 at 7:23
  • @LorenzKeel, Now that you said I tested it. I have reserved Super key for whiskermenu. That was the reason Super + D didn't work. Why isn't there an item for show desktop in keyboard shortcuts list?
    – apadana
    Aug 22, 2020 at 7:29
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    If you go in Settings -> Window Manager -> Keyboard tab and look for "Show Desktop", you should be able to reconfigure it. Do you have it? Aug 22, 2020 at 8:50
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    @LorenzKeel, Thank you. It worked. I'm new to Xubuntu. Previously I looked for it in the "Application Shortcut" tab in Keyboard settings.
    – apadana
    Aug 22, 2020 at 9:25

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This solution has been tested in Xubuntu 20.04.1 run as Live USB.

To check and/or change the keyboard shortcuts for "Show Desktop" feature, go to:

Settings -> Window Manager -> Keyboard tab

and look for "Show Desktop" item. Pressing the "Edit button" you can configure a new keyboard shortcut.

Below, an image as reference.

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