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    "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    in ubuntu 11.04 unity, i miss the icon to show the desktop with just one click (like in the gnome-panel).


    is there a possibility to get the "show desktop"-indicator?


    thx
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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    what i do is just use the workspaces & switch to an empty 1, unless your using all 4.

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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    ok. but i just wonder why they forgot the "show desktop"-icon. it would make work faster and easer. it was always in the gnome panel.

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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    i personally think a "collapse all" button should be included. "show desktop" is a tad outdated

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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    You can use the shortcut <Super> + D. This collapses all windows. Using this again, it will expand everything.

    But nevertheless, a visual clue or better a speedbutton or something would be better. This is/was available in the classic GNOME interface, so it should be included in Unity.
    VBoxTool, VirtualBox automation tools: http://vboxtool.sourceforge.net/
    ufw2web, a web interface for ufw (Ubuntu Firewall): http://ufw2web.sourceforge.net/
    Frext, a replicator for Firebird databases: http://frext.sourceforge.net/

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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    Or control-alt-D or whatever you have in Keyboard Shortcuts under Window Management -> Hide all normal windows and set focus to the desktop.

    I'm sure it will be added soon, you can probably install screenlets or something like that and get one.

    Does anybody know if how to do it from the terminal? If so you could make your own launcher and add that to the launch bar.

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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    Quote Originally Posted by vivapaco View Post
    Does anybody know if how to do it from the terminal? If so you could make your own launcher and add that to the launch bar.
    This guy has a solution, based on terminal:
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bu...48/comments/30

    For those like Consumology who need a button to show the desktop, here's a dirty and imperfect workaround , while we wait for the real thing (... in Oneiric):

    1. Install xdotool (apt-get install xdotool) - this is a utility to fake keyboard/mouse input, window management, and more

    2. Create a launcher, with wahtever name ("show desktop "should do the job!) with this command (this will fake the same as super+d on the keyboard): xdotool : xdotool key super+d super

    3. Place this launcher on the Unity launcher bar.

    It works... most of the time, with the caveat that you can't toggle quickly between desktop and windows/apps, since once you click on the launcher, you have to wait for the "glowing" effect to stop before you can reclick on it... Also, it may sometimes open the Ubuntu menu. Any improvement suggestion is welcomed.
    VBoxTool, VirtualBox automation tools: http://vboxtool.sourceforge.net/
    ufw2web, a web interface for ufw (Ubuntu Firewall): http://ufw2web.sourceforge.net/
    Frext, a replicator for Firebird databases: http://frext.sourceforge.net/

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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    I've got the same confusion.
    It looks Gnome-panel is much more professional than Unity. At least, it has the most important "show-desktop" button. !!

    Unity seems to steal the idea from Apple?


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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiapei100 View Post
    I've got the same confusion.
    It looks Gnome-panel is much more professional than Unity. At least, it has the most important "show-desktop" button. !!

    Unity seems to steal the idea from Apple?


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    you can add it. look here:
    http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/thing...nstalling.html

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    Re: "Show Desktop"-indicator in Unity-Panel?

    Quote Originally Posted by kerry_s View Post

    Hi, thanks for your prompt reply.
    However, unfortunately, my laptop seems to use an old video card, which doesn't support 3D. Therefore, I'm currently using Unity 2D. But still thank you, because I noticed that my "Alt+F2" doesn't work right at this moment. ^_^
    Let me try to figure this out first.

    By the way, why doesn't Unity defaultly afford a functionality as show-desktop? Is it intend to do so? Is there any advantage for the users' convenience by this kind of design? There must be some reasons to bypass "show-desktop"...

    Thanks again.


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