Is there a Unity equivalent of the GNOME panel 'show desktop' applet?

Asked by melodram on 2011-03-11

i miss the icon to show the desktop with just one click in 11.04.

is there a possibility to get the "show desktop"-app into the unity-panel?


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José Lou Chang (obake) said : #1

It seems that the Ayatana Team is thinking of how to deal with this.
But, for now, we can use the Workspace Switcher to move to a new empty Workspce.

The shortcut for Workspace Switcher for English computers are Super key + S

The bug report about this problem can be found at:

You can add yourself in the list of affected people by clicking on "This bug affects N people. Does this bug affect you?
and then click on "Yes, it affects me"

José Lou Chang (obake) said : #2

Mlaverdiere provided a workaround for this in comment#24.


"OK, using compizconfig-settings-manager (available via apt-get), the solution (well, workaround...) is quite easy. It's possible to assign a screen side/corner to the "show desktop" function, the same way as the super-d key combinations is. So, it's quite easy to use the mouse to clear all windows and get to the desktop (and vice-versa). There's some extra Compiz plugins (also available via apt-get) to further tweak the effects, etc.

For more info, see: "

I hope that helps.


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