In Windows systems, I use the keyboard shortcut Start-D (show desktop) a lot.

I'm using Linux Mint, and I wonder: Can I create a keyboard shortcut that will do the same?

edit after the comment from Gert van den Berg - if you could explain how to make a short-cut equivalent to Start-M that well do.

I think the desktop environment is KDE.


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In Linux Mint : Start + D shows the desktop.

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    I am using the same version Windows + D works for me. Go to Keyboard settings->Shortcuts->Click on "Windows" : Find the "Show Desktop" option and set your own shortcut. Hope it helps..
    – krozaine
    Sep 12, 2015 at 8:00
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    Yes, its cinnamon.On the KDE menu type "keyboard" and choose "custom shortcuts". Try there to find shortcut setting. Also, search for "hot corners" -> Show desktop (can be helpful) Btw try Ctrl+Alt+D if you already haven't. community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/47 <-- This link shows all the shortcuts which says Ctrl+Alt+D is the one.
    – krozaine
    Sep 15, 2015 at 6:12
  • Doesn't work for Ubuntu 15.10 (MATE). Apr 7, 2016 at 8:56

MATE Desktop Environment

For me, it is Ctrl+Alt+D.

You can find that via Preferences > Hardware > Keyboard and Shortcuts:

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Or start mate-keybinding-properties via console.

Look for "Window Management" > "Hide all normal windows and set focus to the Desktop". You can change the shortcut there.


Either Start+D or Ctrl+Alt+D will work for minimizing the all open windows.

For Ubuntu Ctrl+Super+D is the default key for 'Show Desktop'

For Linux Mint in KDE environment, default shortcut for the same is Ctrl+Alt+D.

See Keyboard Shortcuts for the KDE Desktop link for a full list.


for xfce users, it is also control-alt-d by default. Unlike custom shortcuts, standard window manager shortcuts in xfce are in: SETTINGS->WINDOW-MANAGER-KEYBOARD.


I am using Mint 18 KDE with Plasma Desktop. Go to Global keyboard shortcuts --> KDE Component: Select Plasma --> Show Desktop.

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