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 Oct 1 '16 at 13:59
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    What distribution and what window manager? – DavidPostill Oct 1 '16 at 14:57

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
  • This one works like a charm in Ubuntu 17.10 (Gnome) – nipunasudha Nov 1 '17 at 7:57
  • No problems in Fedora 28 either. Never thought to search for "Hide" rather than minimize though. – Steen Schütt Oct 31 '18 at 12:14
  • works on Debian 9 – Vass Aug 1 at 2:49

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. – That Brazilian Guy Oct 25 '17 at 17:59
  • ALT-F9 was exactly what I wanted (minimize current window) (on Ubuntu 16.04 with MATE). Thanks! – Zertrin Aug 5 at 7:32

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