How to add a “Show desktop” icon to the launcher?

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For 12.10

Unity patch team at work!

We have created a script that lets you enable/disable show-desktop icon. If you dont want to install a separate tool, grab our script and run it.

It is hosted on bitbucket at https://bitbucket.org/jpmahesh/unity-reset

Or if you are lazy and prefer not to open another page, here's the snippet.

#!/usr/bin/python from gi.repository import Gio import argparse parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Enable or disable show-desktop icon') optiongroup=parser.add_mutually_exclusive_group(required=True) optiongroup.add_argument('-e','--enable',action='store_true',help='Add show-desktop icon to launcher') optiongroup.add_argument('-d','--disable',action='store_true',help='Remove show-desktop icon from launcher') args=parser.parse_args() gsettings=Gio.Settings("com.canonical.Unity.Launcher") launcherfav=gsettings.get_strv('favorites') shwdsktp="unity://desktop-icon" def remove_show_desktop(): if shwdsktp in...
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This is a handy little trick that I recommend for every computer user out there when you need to create a shortcut to desktop icon. Clicking on the show desktop icon will minimize every window that is open to show your desktop. How great is that? But when the desktop shortcut is missing it can get confusing for some people. You cannot just create an old desktop shortcut to show the desktop. This is a different process.

1. Open Notepad and type the following text. (or copy and paste it)

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

See the screenshot below. I have pasted the above code into a notepad.

2. Go to the file menu at the top and choose save as from the menu.

3. Where it says “save as file type” press on the drop down arrow to change it to all files. See the screenshot below. You can click on it to see a larger picture.

4. Save the text you typed as file name Show Desktop.scf to your...

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There are some features missing in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 like the possibility to create a

launcher

(

desktop shortcut

) from the context menu and also there is no button to click in the Unity launcher to show the desktop.


We have previously seen many tutorials explaining the alternative methods for creating desktop

shortcuts

under Oneiric, today we will see another method that consists of adding a "

Show Desktop

" button to the Unity launcher of Ubuntu 11.10/12.04. This will be useful especially when we have many running windows and want to minimize them all in a single click.

Note: As a reminder, you can use Ctrl+Alt+D to show the desktop or simply show the desktop from the Alt-Tab Menu.

Method 1 (Recommended)

Install first CCSM with this command:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then launch it from the Unity Dash:

In the left browsing menu, click Desktop, then in the...

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Long time Windows user may remember the tiny “Show Desktop” icon in the taskbar which used to take you to the desktop screen from any active window. The popular short cut to use it was Windows+D.

Ubuntu too has several ways to access the desktop screen from any active window. To show desktop either you can use the default short cut Ctrl+Super (Windows) key+D or you can use the famous Alt+Tab to go to desktop among all the active windows and applications like this:

If you do not like either of the above method and want to have a dedicated option to show desktop in your Unity launcher (sidebar), you can get it by installing My Unity. Once you have My Unity installed, go to Desktop tab and turn the Show Desktop Icon on.

Now you can see the Show Desktop option in Unity launcher.

Only drawback is that the position of this icon is fixed in the launcher. And it comes almost at the end of all the icons. Which makes it less useful that...

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How can you restore “Show Desktop” Icon on Windows Quick Launch Toolbar if it has been deleted by mistake or is missing. I use the handy Quick Launch toolbar on my windows lower navigation bar to quickly open programs that I use very often. It has quick launch shortcuts to notepad, firefox, messenger, media player etc… and my favourite and most useful shortcut is “Show Desktop”.

Restore “Show Desktop” Icon

Clicking on the “Show Desktop” icon minimizes all open windows to show you the desktop. For some unknown reason, the Show desktop icon disappeared from my Quick Launch toolbar. I realized this is not like any other simple shortcut to a program. Of course I found a keyboard shortcut – pressing Windows key + M does the same job of minimizing all windows too.

In case you do not have a Quick Launch toolbar. Right click on the lower navigation bar, select Toolbars, check Quick Launch and the Toolbar should appear beside your start button. Drag and drop as...

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Okay here is a quick tip for those who have lost their “Show Desktop” icon from the Quick Launch Toolbar. If you are like me who while experimenting lost this icon or the icon was deleted by mistake, then you are at the right place. I restored my “Show Desktop” icon with a simple windows trick and thought of sharing it with my readers.

Follow these simple steps to restore your “Show Desktop” icon in the Quick Launch Toolbar,

Go to Start >> Run and then type “notepad” and click OK.In the Notepad type the following code [Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktopNow go to “File” Menu and click “Save As”, and then save the file on your desktop as "Show Desktop.scf”

The Notepad might automatically append a .txt file extension to the file name. Remove this extension if present, now the file name should be only Show Desktop.scf as shown in the screenshot below,

Now simply drag this icon to the...

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To re-create the Show Desktop icon, follow these steps: Click Start , click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
In Notepad, copy and paste the following text on individual lines:

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

On the File menu in notepad, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop as Show Desktop.scf

Note Notepad might automatically append a .txt extension to the file name. Remove this extension if present. The file name should be Show Desktop.scf.

Now just use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf icon to the Quick Launch toolbar or another location where you want the shortcut to appear. You can noe delete the icon from the desktop once you have moved...

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Windows 8's tile-based interface puts a bold new spin on the familiar Windows interface—so bold that many long-time Windows users are threatening to jump ship to another operating system rather than learn Microsoft's "modern" UI. Of course, you'll still find yourself in foreign territory even if you actually follow through and make the jump. Installing a new operating system is easy, but wrapping your head around an alien environment can be more difficult, even if you're using a comparatively user-friendly OS like Ubuntu Linux.

Luckily, Linux is customizable—much, much more than Windows. In fact, if you're having trouble with the transition (or plopping Ubuntu on a parent's PC), you can tweak and tune the OS to feel pretty darned close to the Windows environment you've forsaken.

I’ll go through two methods here. One adapts Ubuntu’s default Unity desktop to make it feel slightly more like Windows, while the other entails a bit more work and a different desktop...

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You will face this error when you will try to update the Java version (Virtual Machine) to a newer one, or when you will try to install/re-install the Java Virtual Machine Client. Note that you can install JDK for example (Development Kit) and it will automatically install Java (Virtual Machine) too, if needed and not already present.

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