Display Your Desktop On GNOME With These Few Easy Steps

Anyone that uses GNOME will tell you that it is one of the best …… and possibly the most beautiful desktop environments you could find on any Linux-based distribution. Though elegant, its UI concentrates more on directly switching between apps rather than minimizing one to switch to the other or completely minimizing all tasks to show just the desktop.
In Operating systems like Windows, you can display just the desktop pressing the key combination of Windows Home Button + D, even on Ubuntu Unity, you can show just the desktop by pressing the Ctrl+Super+D button combinations, but for reasons not known, GNOME doesn’t have any shortcut keys to display the desktop enabled.

To show the desktop, you will have to minimize all open task one after the other which is not too bad if you are running few apps at once but could be an inconvenience if are have multiple apps opened.
There is a way around this problem and in this tutorial, you will learn how to manually add a shortcut to the desktop on GNOME 3 in few easy steps.

First Step

What you first need to do is to go to the system settings which you can by clicking on the drop-down arrow on the far top right-hand side of the desktop, then entering System Settings by clicking on the icon.


Second Step

Look for the Keyboard settings, when you find it, click on the Shortcut Tabs then pick Navigation from the left-hand side. When the Navigation button is selected, look for Hide All Normal Windows and that is your culprit because you will find it disabled.



Third Step

Now all you need to do is change settings of the Hide All Normal Windows feature by enabling it and adding your own desired key combination. Do this by pressing the keys you want to be assigned to it, if it happens that you mistakenly hit keys that didn’t want to, you can just press the backspace button which will completely disable it again then start over the process of assigning keys.


Fourth Step

Once you have finished assigning your preferred key combination, close the System Settings menu —- because all changes are saved instantaneously.
Now you can show the GNOME desktop in all its elegance by instantly minimizing all running tasks with a simple key combination.


And with that, we come to the conclusion of this tutorial. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section or leave us a feedback.

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Lamin Kanteh
Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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