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When I hide all windows using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Super+D it hides some but not all of the windows. The remaining windows cannot be clicked and are visible behind the desktop.

System: Ubuntu 20.04, with tweaks: dash-to-panel, and I changed to nemo as the default file and desktop manager. I suspect this last change is responsible but I haven't used Ubuntu 20.04 long enough before I made this change to be sure the issue was not already present.

Is there any way to fix it.

This is what my desktop looks like AFTER hiding all windows:

After hiding all windows

The applications that are still visible cannot be clicked before they are brought in front of the desktop through other means.


I still encounter this from time to time. I am not reliably able to reproduce it but I have the suspicion it is caused by interacting with desktop icons after hiding all windows.

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  • Try with the [Alt-F4 + R] key combination to restart Gnome, if the problem keeps going tell me.
    – Figaro
    Nov 19 '20 at 17:10
  • @MartinPrado, I assume you are not trolling me to close my window (Alt+F4). Should this do something when not in any application and do you mean Alt+F4+R? I can reboot and see whether the issue persists. Perhaps better anyway.
    – Kvothe
    Nov 19 '20 at 17:15
  • I'm so sorry, I meant Alt-F2, that way you woldn't have to reboot everything, just the Gnome shell
    – Figaro
    Nov 19 '20 at 17:21
  • Okay upon a reboot it was fixed, but then I managed to reproduce it. I rebooted again (hadn't read your reply yet) to test under which circumstances it happens but now I can't reproduce it anymore. I will update the question next time it happens if I get a better idea of what might be causing it.
    – Kvothe
    Nov 19 '20 at 17:24

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