After a recent upgrade of 14.04, an icon "Show Desktop" appeared in my launcher bar.

I removed it with Unity Tweak Tool.

A new keyboard shortcut was also setup: Super+D now also shows the desktop. This is annoying, since pressing Super+Alt+D in that order is not the same as pressing Alt+Super+D in that order. The former is erroneously interpreted as Super+D on my machine.

What I would like to do in a first step is to disable Super+D, but I cannot find where I can turn this off.

Here are the things I checked:

  • nothing in Settings > Keyboard
  • there is something in CompizConfig Settings Manager > Unity > General, but it is set to <Control><Super>d. Disabling it does not disable <Super>d.
  • I disabled the shortcut in Unity Tweak Tool > Window Manager > Keyboard shortcuts > Show desktop
  • gconf-editor -> apps/compiz-1/plugins/showdesktop, I can't find anything about keyboard shortcut there
  • dconf-editor -> org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell -> show-desktop-key is Disabled

How do I disable the new <Super>d shortcut?

  • By default here super+d does nothing. However if the show desktop icon is added to the launcher then it's enabled. To disable super+d try - in System Settings > Appearance > Behavior disable the Add show... box or if already then enable then disable. Then log out/in & check.
    – doug
    Sep 4, 2014 at 13:17
  • In terminal run dconf -reset /org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/unityshell/show-desktop Sep 4, 2014 at 13:18

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As hinted by @doug in the comments, I needed to log out and in for the change to apply.

Removing the "Show Desktop" icon worked immediately, which is why I expected the shortcut to also be removed immediately. It was not.

It is still very strange that the shortcut was active, but not visible in any of the settings tools I mentioned in the question. It looks like the shortcut was hard-coded together with the icon enable/disable. Why the icon turned up at my last system update is also a mystery.

  • Keyboard shortcuts can be overriden via "Keyboard and shortcuts" item in control panel
    – Anwar
    Nov 30, 2016 at 14:46

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