Unity hotkey for minimizing current window?


Customizing Your Workspace

This page gives an overview of the default Unity keyboard shortcuts. You can also download a PDF of the table for Windows and MacOSX. Where a command has Ctrl/Cmd as part of the keystroke, this indicates that the Control key should be used on Windows and the Command key on MacOSX.

The Mac trackpad also has a number of shortcuts for navigating the Scene view. See Scene view navigation to learn more about these.

Note: The following Animation hotkeys only work in the Animation window.

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I've been using the shortcut Alt+Space followed by N for years. Works on any Windows version, all the way back to Windows 3.0! It should work with all keyboard layouts and probably even all Windows localizations.

Alt+Space opens the general windows menu. You can open it manually by left-clicking with the mouse on the top left window corner.

The menu contains the options to maximize, minimize, close the window, etc. It also underlines the key you need to press to select the appropriate option ("miNimize").

The N is not a general "hotkey" but an access key – a keyboard shortcut to an entry in a GUI menu that works only if/after the menu opens. The menu items texts differ across localizations (languages), which is why a different letter might be underlined and serve as the access...

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Since I am a big fan of hotkeys, I thought it would be a nice idea to put a near-comprehensive list together (through research aka googling) ~Smile~

Win = Start Menu, Win + Pause = System Properties,

Win + D = Show Desktop, Win + M = Minimize all windows, Win + E = Launch Win Explorer (@ My Computer),

Win + R = Run Command, Win + Shift + M = Maximize all windows, Win + L (XP) = Lock OS,

Alt + Tab = Shift between Windows, Alt + Shift + Tab = Shift between Windows (Reverse Order), Alt + Spacebar + N = Minimize current window,

Alt + F4 = Close Current Window, Alt + Spacebar + X = Maximize, Alt + Spacebar + R = Restore,

Ctrl+X = Cut, Ctrl+C = Copy, Ctrl+V = Paste, Ctrl+A = Select ALL, Ctrl+P = Print, Ctrl+ Shift + F10 = Shows Context Menu (Mouse Right Click Effect),

Ctrl+Esc = Start Menu, Ctrl + Shift + Esc = Show Task Manager,

Application Specific (generally): Ctrl + S = Save, Ctrl + F = Find

@ Desktop/Win Explorer: F2 = Rename...

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On the website:


It lists the following keyboard shortcut under "Windows logo key keyboard

Windows logo key+Down Arrow = Minimize the window.

However, if the window is maximized when this keyboard shortcut is used, the
window is restored down, not minimized. Obviously you can simply press the
keyboard shortcut twice to minimize the window, but then when you go back to
that window it will not be maximized, meaning you have the extra step of
maximizing it. So, to the best of my knowledge, the steps to minimizing and
then remaximizing a window are:

1. Restore Down: Windows logo key + Down Arrow
2. Minimize: Windows logo key + Down Arrow
3. Select Window: Windows logo key + Tab (or one of the other key
combinations that can be used to select an open program)
4. Maximize: Windows logo key + Up...

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What is a Keyboard Shortcut?

Keyboard shortcuts are simply key combinations that you can press which initiate actions that you would normally perform via menus and icons.

Why is this important? Research shows that whilst menus and icons are great for new users, they are long-winded and can become tiresome for more experienced users. So, once you know your way around Unity, it will often pay dividends to memorise the many keyboard shortcuts available in order to save yourself time!

Note: there are some shortcuts (-such as Super + W) that implement features we cannot find via the standard Unity desktop!

Available Keyboard Shortcuts in Unity

The majority of Unity keyboard shortcuts can be viewed by holding down the Super (-also known as the Option or Windows) key. This will display a help overlay on your desktop similar to the one below:

For those of you with less than perfect eyesight, here is a list of what we find are the most...

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This is not exactly a tutorial. It's just quick tips on how you can create and use your own hotkeys in Unity.

After spending some time in the Unity editor almost every level-designer thinks about how to accelerate the workflow and adapt it for individual needs. For example, sometimes you may need a "deselect all" hotkey, but the Unity editor has no button for this. You must click on the skybox or an empty area in the hierarchy or project window to deselect objects, but that's really uncomfortably. Unfortunately, Unity has a very limited hotkey list by default and we can't add other actions and keys from the settings menu.

Standard Unity hotkeys. Only some of them can be changed in preferences.

However, Unity allows us to extend the editor by creating editor scripts. We can write a very simple C# script and bind almost all actions to hotkeys on our keyboard.

What we need:
1. Add UnityEditor library to...

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To customize the launcher behavior click on the launcher icon in the Unity tool.

The launcher behavior screen is split into three sections:


By default the launcher is always visible. You can however maximize screen real estate by making the launcher hide until the mouse pointer is moved to either the left side or the top corner.

To do this simply slide the auto-hide to on. You can then choose a fade transition theme and choose whether the user should move the mouse to the left or the top corner for the launcher to appear.

There is a slider control which lets you adjust the sensitivity.

Also in the behavior section is a checkbox which allows you to minimize applications when you click on them.

The appearance section lets you adjust the background of the launcher.

There is a slider to adjust the transparency level and you can set the background based on the wallpaper or a solid color.

Finally, the icons...

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This is the list of Unity Keyboard shortcuts and if you have more you can add in to the

askubuntu thread

.We also want to thank all the users who contributed to this.

List of Ubuntu Unity Keyboard shortcuts


Super -- Invoke the Launcher. Super--1 or 2 or 3 and so on until 0 -- Open or focus an application. Super--T -- Open the rubbish bin. Alt--F1 -- Put keyboard focus on the Launcher. Alt--F2 -- Invoke the Dash in a "special mode" to run a command. Ctrl--Alt--T -- Launch a terminal window.


Super (tap) -- A tap opens the Dash Super--A -- Open Applications place Super--F -- Open Files & Folders place


F10 -- Open the first menu on the panel

Window Management

Super-? -- Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in all workspaces. Super-? -- Spread mode, zoom out on all windows in current workspace. Super--D -- Minimize all windows; hitting it again restores them.

Window Placement

If you cycle...

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When using Ubuntu, you will frequently minimize and maximize windows. When you minimize a window, it will shrink back down to the Launcher, and not reappear until you click on it. When you maximize a window, it will expand to fill the entire available screen space. You can accomplish this by clicking on the minimize and maximize buttons on the upper left-hand corner of the application window. However, to save time, you can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly maximize and minimize windows.

To minimize the current window, hit the SUPER+CTRL+DOWN ARROW keys simultaneously. The window will then shrink down to the Launcher. You can restore it by clicking on its icon on the Launcher, or by using the ALT+TAB key combination to switch back to it.

To maximize the current window, hit the SUPER+CTRL+UP ARROW keys simultaneously. The current window will then expand to fill the entire screen. To restore it to its previous size, hit the SUPER+CTRL+DOWN ARROW keys. The window...

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at System -> Preferences -> Keyboard shortcuts -> Window Management - you can define two keyboard shortcuts for "Maximize Window" and "Unmaximize Window"

You can not use twice the "Maximize Window" on the same window. So it makes sense that using it again to do "Unmaximize Window".
Having two separate keyboard shortcuts for maximizing a window and unmaximizing window is somewhat dumb, in my oppinion. At least there should be an option to use the same keyboard shortcut for both actions. For example www.autohotkey.com uses WinMaximize command for both maximize and unmaximize. It makes sense, since you can't maximize again after you just maximized the window. Using just one keyboard shortcut as a toggle would be just smarter and better.

please, can you implement this...

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I think most people came here want quick access to their desktop and do not care if the operation is "hide" or "minimize".

The bad news is I never found a satisfying build-in solution - and I searched a lot. Most shortcuts hide/minimize the current window, all windows of the current application or all other windows. None of them hides/minimizes all the windows of all applications (if you found one, let me know).

The good news is there is a workaround.

1. Save this AppleScript using AppleScript-Editor in /Users/#you#/Library/Scripts (e.g. "ShowDesktop.scpt")

activate application "Finder"tell application "System Events" to tell application process "Finder"click menu item "Hide Others" of menu "Finder" of menu bar 1click menu item "Minimize" of menu "Window" of menu bar 1end tell

2. In Quicksilver (don't have it? Go: http://qsapp.com/) and add a hotkey-trigger ('Triggers...' -> '+' -> 'HotKey' -> 'Select an item = #your-script#' -> 'Action = Run'). (To set...

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Robert Hall wants a keyboard shortcut for maximizing a window.

There's no way to do this with one keystroke. But you can do it with two.

If you want to maximize an application window, press ALT-SPACE. (In other words, hold down the Alt key while you press the space bar.) This will pop up the current application's System menu--the same one you get if you click the little icon in the window's top-left corner. Once the menu is up, pressing x will maximize the window. You can also press n to minimize it or, if it's already maximized, r to restore it to its pre-maximized state.

What about a document window within an application? Assuming the application supports the Multiple Document Interface (MDI), press ALT-HYPHEN (in other words, hold down the Alt key while you press the hyphen or - key) for the menu. Then follow the same instructions as above.

Add your comments to this article below. If you have other tech questions, email them to me at...

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