A common request (e.g. https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=354240 https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=171375) is to have the show desktop widget in the default bottom panel layout, which will improve usability for new users--especially Windows refugees. However, this isn't currently possible because the Show Desktop widget is in a separate package (usually named something like plasma-addons) that may not always be included in every distro.
I propose that the Show Desktop widget be moved out of this separate package and into the core packages so that it is always included by default--and then we put it in the panel by default. for new installations. This should be a welcome change for new users, and experienced users who *don't* want it won't get it because they'll have already customized their panel.
If people agree, I'll be happy to do the work, if I can get a little bit of guidance and relevant documentation.
I just had another encounter with some academic who currently uses Windows 7 at home and asked me on my current Plasma installation where she could click to minimize all windows. So +1 to have this button present by default (including the Meta+D keyboard shortcut). Now, that we have the folder view on the desktop by default, it makes even more sense to be able to conveniently reach the desktop by default.
While at it, one could also make "Minimize all Windows" (which is currently only available by context menu) the default action of the Show Desktop widget.
The current default (which shoves the windows in all four screen corners) makes the windows snap back in situations where is is not appropriate. E.g. click Show Desktop, then right click on desktop, then choose Create New file => 1. The windows snap back (which is unexpected at this point), 2. the New File dialog appears.
That sounds like a bug in the Show Desktop effect. Can you file it? The product is Kwin | effects-various. Thanks!
Phab task: https://phabricator.kde.org/T7917
This landed and will be in Plasma 5.16.0!