I just upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04. Previously the shortcut to show the desktop was Super +D (same as in Windows), But now it is not working. What is the new shortcut?

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    In my 18.04, the default shortcut for this action is Ctrl+F12. Oct 7 '20 at 16:13

For 11.10 and 12.10

Control-Alt-D shows the desktop for me

For 12.04 and up

Control-Super-D works for me

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    after it shows my desktop,I just take my cursor to the far left of the screen and the launcher appears.. however, I needed to know if there is a way we can change this shortcut back to 'Super' + d ?? Oct 25 '11 at 0:03
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    @Swapnil Narendra: Yes. You can do it by reassigning the shortcut. in keyboard utility on the shortcut tab select navigation then you can see a shortcut named 'Hide all normal windows' change it's shortcut to Super +d
    – aneeshep
    Nov 4 '11 at 4:44
  • @shymik: It hides the launcher too..
    – aneeshep
    Nov 4 '11 at 4:45
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    I couldn't get it to work in 13.10. Shortcut seems assigned in shortcuts area but doesn't work (i.e. does nothing when pressed). The original shortcut keeps working though. Oct 28 '13 at 13:42
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    Note to users with WINDOWS button -- Control-Super-D = Control-WINDOWS-D for us.
    – Hack-R
    Nov 26 '16 at 16:52

In Settings, select keyboard then go to shortcut tab -> navigation -> Hide all normal windows -> click on predefined shortcut and press your preferred combination of keys such as Super and D.

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  • Worked for me on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but only after a restart.
    – urig
    Oct 28 '18 at 10:08
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