Windows key+D: Show Desktop

We covered the Windows key previously. If you hold that key down and then press the “d” key, you’ll see the desktop. Press Windows+D again and your application windows will reappear.

Note: Some people like the Windows+M shortcut, which minimizes all applications. Windows+D and Windows+M are very similar, but I prefer Windows+D because it’s a toggle and because not every application can be minimized. So Windows+D is just a little bit more generally useful.

15 thoughts on “Windows key+D: Show Desktop”

    1. Note sure, what are talking, but as I know with CTLR + D can do both toggle in and toggle out, where CTLR + M is a one time action it minimizes all windows even dual or triple monitors

  1. I think Cadoo means “Windows key” instead of control there.

    We’ll cover Ctrl+D and Ctrl+M in future tips, since they have different meanings in different programs.

  2. We covered Ctrl+W: Close Window on June 18th:
    http://www.zeigen.com/shortcuts/2007/04/06/close-window/

    We covered Ctrl+D: Bookmark on March 30th:
    http://www.zeigen.com/shortcuts/2007/03/30/bookmark/

    Ctrl+D can also mean Insert Duplicate Slide in PowerPoint:
    http://www.zeigen.com/shortcuts/2007/07/05/duplicate-slide/

    Ctrl+D can also mean Fill Down in Excel:
    http://www.zeigen.com/shortcuts/2007/07/12/fill/

    Ctrl+M can mean the same thing as pressing the Enter key in some apps, such as Notepad.

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  4. Hi,

    So I’ve got a problem with this. My Windows+D doesn’t minimize, it throws all current open windows into another dimension on my PC. I pressed it by accident, and I thought everything closed because they disappeared from my task bar. I opened google, and found this. But when I went to open up Photoshop it took me to the other dimension where I was previously, but then I lost Chrome that was open in Dimension #2. So now I have 2 dimensions open on my PC, and I don’t know how to toggle between the 2 because I think I also accidentally opened a 3rd.

    Thanks for reading.

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