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Fedora GNOME 3 show desktop keyboard shortcut.

The Ctrl-Alt-D keyboard shortcut to show the desktop no longer works by default in Fedora 15’s GNOME shell. This can be very frustrating if you have many windows open and need to get to the desktop quickly.

Let’s fix it. Click your username in the top right of the screen and select System Settings.

Gnome3 -> System Settings

Under  Hardware click Keyboard.

Gnome3 -> System Settings

Switch to the Shortcuts tab, and click Navigation in the left column. Scroll down and select Hide all normal windows which has a default value of Disabled.

Gnome 3 -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Navigation

Set the shortcut to whatever you want.

  1. June 27th, 2011 at 05:02 | #1

    thanks! you save lot of my time!

  2. Sum
    August 11th, 2011 at 03:45 | #2

    It makes no sense for them to disable this by default. It’s not like that key combination is being used for something else. I normally click on the launcher in my gnome-panel to hide/show the desktop and now even that’s gone :S

  3. Jacob
    October 15th, 2011 at 11:38 | #3

    Yeah, pretty silly for them to not fill that in by default. Nice tutorial; I use Mod4 (win key) + d personally.

  4. Selim
    December 31st, 2011 at 20:14 | #4

    Thank you. Lot of time saved

  5. Tod
    February 22nd, 2012 at 22:34 | #5

    Fantastic! This was completely painless! Thanks for the instruction.

  6. a
    March 16th, 2012 at 19:22 | #6

    You, sir, are my new hero.

  7. August 30th, 2012 at 18:24 | #7

    Pretty useful info – thanks,
    BTW – do you a way to have a shortcut for a very frequent text string that I must enter every time on a web form – nice to have it mapped to a key or pattern… any hints ? Thanks.

  8. September 6th, 2012 at 12:51 | #8

    Thanks, it helps a lot!

  9. September 15th, 2012 at 19:14 | #9

    tanx

  10. October 26th, 2012 at 21:10 | #10

    thanks a lot. it was a nice and nifty tip.

  11. December 2nd, 2012 at 05:19 | #11

    Worked perfectly, thanks 🙂

    I like how I can set
    Ctrl + to increase volume
    Ctrl – to decrease volume
    Super 1 – 4 for workspaces 1 – 4
    And set controls to pause / play, move to next and previous on my music player 🙂

  12. January 3rd, 2014 at 11:38 | #12

    Thank you!

    —Linh—2013

  13. Gerardo
    August 30th, 2016 at 03:19 | #13

    Thanks bro

  1. July 8th, 2011 at 03:34 | #1