I'm using Debian 9.1 with KDE and would like to have a button to show all open windows. However I don't know what I should put as "Action" to get that it working. So how can I implement this? Is there a command for this?

  • Not sure I understand. You mean "maximize" all windows that were previously minimized (iconified)? Or see all open windows displayed as reduced tiles that do not overlap? Or something else?
    – xhienne
    Aug 21, 2017 at 22:45
  • See all open windows displayed as reduced tiles that do not overlap. So that I can click on the one I'd like to skip to.
    – mYnDstrEAm
    Aug 21, 2017 at 22:49
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    As far as I remember, using Alt+Tab showed the open windows as thumbnails if configured correctly. This was on KDE Plasma 4.
    – Bob
    Aug 22, 2017 at 0:55

2 Answers 2


The default action to show present windows is


This will zoom out and show all open windows.


If you go to

System settings - Desktop behavior - Screen edges

You can set

present windows (all desktops/current desktop/current application)

On one of the 8 screen edge actions, that way you just push your mouse cursor to whichever edge you created the action for, and it will accomplish the same thing.

  • Thank you ctrl+F9 was the shortcut I was looking for. However instead of just the keyboard-shortcut I need an action/command that I can assign to a button to execute this.
    – mYnDstrEAm
    Aug 22, 2017 at 9:50
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    Okay so I had to install xautomation (for xte) and the action/command I was looking for seems to be "xte 'keydown Control_L' 'key F9' 'keyup Control_L'". It's not fully working but maybe I'll fix the problems later. The shortcut can be found under Global Keyboard Shortcuts -> KWin -> Toggle Present Windows (Current desktop).
    – mYnDstrEAm
    Aug 22, 2017 at 11:26
  • Got it working via this command: "sleep 0.2 && xte 'keydown Control_L' 'key F9' 'keyup Control_L'" for xbindkeys.
    – mYnDstrEAm
    Aug 22, 2017 at 11:35

Hi this seems like a KDE issue. In the KDE docs there are few shortcuts already defined see. docs.kde.org
maybe ctrl+F10 or ctrl+F9. If one of those doesn't suit then you can probably look through the KDE docs to find the action you want.

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