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Old 01-26-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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ubuntu desktop


Hello,

I'm using ubuntu (and compiz, though I'm not sure it's relevant) and I've been wondering something : how to display the desktop, as you would in windows using windows key+D ?
In system-> preferences-> keyboard shortcuts there's an action called "hide all normal windows and set focus to the desktop".
What does "normal windows" mean ?
When I press this shortcut (which seems to have the same effect as if you press the bottom left corner), the desktop is displayed, but there are some small squares in the corners that seem to be pieces of windows. What are these exactly, and if they're not useful, how can I make them disappear ?
Plus, if I press this shortcut twice, all windows disappear from the bottom panel (I don't know the proper name). Is that a bug ?

Thanks
 
Old 01-26-2010, 04:15 PM   #2
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up.
 
Old 01-26-2010, 04:36 PM   #3
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There's documentation comes with Ubuntu all about the Gnome desktop environment. Have you read any of it?
 
Old 01-26-2010, 04:44 PM   #4
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No, quite honestly, it's long and I was wondering if one of you knew the answer and could spare me the trouble. I'm just a beginner and I want to learn little by little. Even if I read it all I wouldn't remember 1% of it ...
 
Old 01-26-2010, 05:07 PM   #5
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I think everyone here is willing to help if you are willing to help yourself some. Read the information, it WILL help you with more than just this problem. Linux is a whole other animal from Windows and you will need a little knowledge to get it to do what you want. Everyone here will help you with what they can, but please try and help yourself.


compizconfig settings manager under General options -> Key bindings -> Show Desktop and set a key combination.
 
Old 01-26-2010, 07:34 PM   #6
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Yes thanks, it's just the same as system-> preferences-> keyboard shortcuts-> hide all normal windows and set focus to the desktop (which I did find by myself and helping myself by the way).
But my questions remain the same :
- What does "normal windows" mean ?
- When I press this shortcut (which seems to have the same effect as if you press the bottom left corner), the desktop is displayed, but there are some small squares in the corners that seem to be pieces of windows. What are these exactly, and if they're not useful, how can I make them disappear ?
It just feels like this shortcut does something else than just minimizing all windows, which is weird for such a shortcut.

Last edited by elishac; 01-26-2010 at 07:37 PM.
 
Old 01-26-2010, 08:33 PM   #7
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in the show desktop plugin appearance tab. Set window part size to 0
 
  


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