F11 makes a window go full screen. Is there a shortcut that minimizes a window? I am using Arch Linux with Gnome Shell.

  • It depends on your distribution. In Ubuntu there is preset keyboard short-cut, which I can't remember, because I changed it to Alt-F9, which is what it used to be, and which ties in with the other window controls. (I think it was something like Ctl-Sh-0.)
    – AFH
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 13:59
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    What distribution and what window manager?
    – DavidPostill
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 14:57

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Gnome Shell actually supports this. Super+H is the default key. If you want to change the key go to:

Settings -> Keyboard -> Windows -> Hide Window

Since this answer has gained some traction it is good to also know that:

  1. This works on MacOS as well.
  2. This does not work on Windows, however, you can achieve the same effect by using a tool like AutoHotkey.
  • This one works like a charm in Ubuntu 17.10 (Gnome) Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 7:57
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    No problems in Fedora 28 either. Never thought to search for "Hide" rather than minimize though. Commented Oct 31, 2018 at 12:14
  • works on Debian 9
    – Vass
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 2:49
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    too bad the rest of the workd talks about minimize a window..... I had to look very hard to find this..... Thanks!! maybe because its a oneway without a toggle?
    – U.V.
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 19:46
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    For the record, the same key also works on macOS.
    – Aventinus
    Commented Apr 1, 2021 at 8:21

I know the OP didn't ask for it but for the sake of completeness, Super+D minimizes all windows (think of it as "show Desktop"). Ubuntu 19.04, Gnome 3.32.1.

  • This also works on Windows 10. Amazing, I wasn't aware of this shortcut. Thank you.
    – Aventinus
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 10:55
  • Super + D also restores all windows if hit again. Commented Mar 24, 2021 at 16:47
  • Interestingly, this does not seem to work for me on RHEL 8.3 (Gnome 3.28.3). Super + H does "hide" the window, however. Commented May 7, 2021 at 13:22
  • Does not work in GNOME on Debian 11. Bleh. Commented Sep 17, 2021 at 20:13
  • Gnome 44.1 doesn't detect the Super + D shortcut, in 'custom shortcuts' the combination doesn't return any conflicts with existing native hotkeys. Fedora 38.
    – user198350
    Commented Jun 14, 2023 at 11:08

Using gsettings:

$ gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings minimize  

Set Super+Shift+H):

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings minimize "['<Super><Shift>h']"
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    thank you!! I'm on popOS and "minimize" isn't in the Keyboard Shortcuts menu at all for some reason; this worked like a charm :)
    – jyn
    Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 1:10

On the GNOME desktop environment, you can use CTRL-ALT-D to minimise all and give focus to the desktop. You can also use ALT-F9 to minimise the current window. I think these are the same for Ubuntu/Unity.

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    I'm on Gnome 3.24.3 on Fedora 26, CTRL-ALT-D does nothing. Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 17:59
  • ALT-F9 was exactly what I wanted (minimize current window) (on Ubuntu 16.04 with MATE). Thanks!
    – Zertrin
    Commented Aug 5, 2019 at 7:32
  • none of these work on openSUSE Tumbleweed on a Visual Studio Code window... Commented Dec 9, 2020 at 22:46

This wasn't set as a default for my environment, but setting it in Gnome 43.3 went as follows:

  1. Open Settings. <Super> type Settings <Enter>
  2. Navigate to Keyboard. Left pane
  3. Select View and Customize Shortcuts. Bottom
  4. Use Search to find Hide all normal windows under Navigation.
  5. Set shortcut as desired. For example, I used Super + D.

Here's what my settings look like


works in gnome
For minimizing the window size of an application
for maximizing the window size of an application
for throughing application window to right side of monitor screen
same as above


2023 in Debian 12 + Gnome 43 + Wayland

Not sure what people mean by super key. It is:

"Command" key + "H" key

  • Debian 12 + Gnome 43 + Wayland Commented Dec 12, 2023 at 0:02
  • Do you perhaps have an Apple branded keyboard? Commented Dec 12, 2023 at 0:46
  • yes indeed, but I don't think there is a super key on windows keyboard either so it is not universal. Commented Dec 12, 2023 at 18:59
  • I think that be "super" they mean the OS' key, which is Command on Mac keyboards and the "Windows" key on Windows keyboards. Commented Dec 12, 2023 at 19:01
  • gotcha thanks! Based on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_key_(keyboard_button) it is pretty much a configurable key that is not used consistently depending on user environment Commented Dec 12, 2023 at 19:14

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