I'm using Elementary OS's Pantheon Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.04.

What is the shortcut to show the desktop?

How can I add Show Desktop icon on Wingpanel or on Plank Doc?


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on desktop you can't put launcher. elementary does't support "have file manager handle desktop" in dock (plank), open the app and his launcher is been show in dock. right click on icon and in meny go to "keep to dock". in wingpanel, same as unity panel, is possibe via dconf-editor some, but launcher to panel not. indicators in panel & message meny work like in unity panel

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    You also missed the point of the question, he's not asking how to enable the Desktop he's how asking to add a shortcut to Plank to show the desktop. Jun 16, 2013 at 16:04
  1. install elementary Tweaks
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:versable/elementary-update
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
  1. Go to System settings -> Tweaks -> Plank -> Show Desktop Icon
  • Unfortunately, does not work (anymore?): W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/versable/elementary-update/ubuntu/dists/trusty/main/binary-amd64/Packages 404 Not Found W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/versable/elementary-update/ubuntu/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found and then of course: E: Unable to locate package elementary-tweaks
    – avp
    Aug 1, 2015 at 10:51

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