This quick tutorial is going to show you how to add a ‘Show Desktop‘ icon into left dock launcher in Ubuntu 18.10 or Ubuntu 18.04.
The ‘Show Desktop‘ button was dropped since Ubuntu switched to Gnome 3 Desktop. To add it back, you can manually create show desktop shortcut icon and add it to panel (dock).
As you may know, the keyboard shortcuts
Super+d do the function hide or show all opened app windows. And following steps will create a ‘show desktop’ shortcut icon simulates the keyboard press (
1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install
sudo apt-get install xdotool
Type your user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.
2. Then create the show desktop shortcut icon and edit it via command:
When the file opens, paste following lines and save it.
[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Show Desktop Icon=desktop Exec=xdotool key --clearmodifiers Super+d
3. Finally search for ‘show desktop’ in application menu, then right lick and select ‘add to favorites’:
That’s it. Enjoy!