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
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  • This one works like a charm in Ubuntu 17.10 (Gnome) – nipunasudha Nov 1 '17 at 7:57
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    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 '19 at 2:49
  • Works on Ubuntu 20.04 – user2514157 Oct 4 at 3:40
  • 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. Oct 22 at 19:46

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 '19 at 7:32

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.

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  • This also works on Windows 10. Amazing, I wasn't aware of this shortcut. Thank you. – Aventinus Jan 6 at 10:55

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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