I want to be able to hide all the windows quickly.

How can i make an icon or entering which command will help me to hide all of the opened windows and show me a desktop?

  • Ctrl-Win-D is the keyboard shortcut to show/hide the desktop. – ish Jun 21 '12 at 8:39
  • In KDE it is Glogal Keyboard Shortcuts -> KWin -> Show Desktop - which actually toggles show desktop. – Adobe Jun 21 '12 at 10:48

If you hold down the 'super' key, which on my keyboard is the Windows key, for a second you can see a list of keyboard shortcuts pop up.

One of them is ctrl + super + D to minimize all open windows, i.e. to go to the desktop.

Due to the debate below, I feel compelled to amend my answer to note that on some systems, the shortcut may be ctrl + alt + D

  • In mine its ctrl + super + D, not ctrl + alt + D – 0x7c0 Jun 21 '12 at 10:22
  • @StephenMartin , yes, that's what it is on mine too, and what my answer originally said. I don't know why Benjamin edited it. Editing it back to the original, and correct, answer. – user70540 Jun 21 '12 at 10:35
  • Ctrl+Alt+D in 12.04 – darryn.ten Jun 21 '12 at 12:25
  • @darryn.ten : 12.04 is what I have as well, but the shortcut is, on my system, ctrl+super+D – user70540 Jun 21 '12 at 12:46
  • Interesting that there is a difference.. – darryn.ten Jun 21 '12 at 12:47

official documentation:


how to personalize the key combination:


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