Windows 10: How to hide all windows at once = show desktop with icons only?

  1.    07 Jun 2018 #1

    How to hide all windows at once = show desktop with icons only?

    Assume I have multiple windows open (browser, WinExplorer, Word,...).

    Is there a way to hide all these windows at once to show only desktop, then double click on one of the icons on desktop to start another prgm and finally re-show the previously hidden windows again?

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  2.    07 Jun 2018 #2

    Well as you may know the sequence would be
    Windows key + D
    - d click the shortcut
    Windows key + D

    You could do that with a simple Autohotkey (free) script - perhaps about 4 lines + comments.

    But if you simply wished to launch the program.. why not allocate a hot key to its shortcut?
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       07 Jun 2018 #3

    Hello Peter,

    In addition, you can press the Peek button to the right of the Action Center icon on the taskbar to toggle to hide/show all windows.

    Turn On or Off Peek at Desktop in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  4.    08 Jun 2018 #4

    I don't know if this: Boss key - Wikipedia still works but was popular a while ago.
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  5. Posts : 132
    Windows 10 Pro/Education x64
       08 Jun 2018 #5


    My favorite method right now is to click task view > new desktop. Leave the 2nd desktop blank to use as a boss desktop. Then to switch to it quickly, press ctrl+win+right arrow key. To switch back: ctrl+win+left arrow. Would that work for you?
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       08 Jun 2018 #6

    I like the Peek/Show Desktop toggling feature but in use with the open programs minimized to view desktop icons opening another item keeps them minimized, have to restore by clicking each in the Taskbar.
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