Ubuntu – How to make Windows + D show desktop

By default in Ubuntu 16.04, the keyboard command to show the desktop is Ctrl + D Super (the Windows key for many keyboards).

The steps below show how to make Super (Windows) + D keyboard command show the desktop, as used in all versions of Windows.

To do this we need to assign the Super + D command to show the desktop, and enable the show desktop icon in the launcher.

Step 1: Assign the Super + D command to show the desktop

  1. Click on the Ubuntu icon in the launcher
  2. Type  ‘System Settings’ and click on the icon when it appears in the results
  3. Click on the ‘Keyboard’ icon
  4. Click on the ‘Shortcuts’ tab at the top of the window
  5. In the left hand menu, click on ‘Navigation’
  6. In the list of options, select ‘Hide all normal windows’ then press the Super + D keys the keyboard
  7. Close the Window to save the changes

Step 2: Enable the show desktop icon in the launcher

  1. Click on the Ubuntu icon in the launcher
  2. Type  ‘System Settings’ and click on the icon when it appears in the results
  3. Click on the ‘Appearance’ icon
  4. Click on the ‘Behaviour’ tab at the top of the window
  5. Tick the ‘Add show desktop icon to the launcher’ option
  6. Close the Window to save the changes.

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