Useful Windows Shortcut Key (show desktop)

i-79ecf923eadcc74c51fb5f4c6f8a9be9-windowsxp-2.pngThere’s a useful windows shortcut key that I’d almost forgotten existed. I was speaking to a friend who uses a Mac and he proudly showed how by pressing one key (or combination) he could hide all of the open programs and display the OS X desktop. There’s an equivalent key in Windows XP too, it’s a combination of the “Windows Key” + D. Couldn’t remember it at the time as it’s been so long since I’ve used it.

There are hundreds of shortcut keys, I bet someone out there has an email service sending ‘shortcut key of the day’ too. If I find it, I think I’ll have to subscribe.

OK, pop quiz: Name the shortcut Keys for the following commands (answers in the Extended Entry):
Show Windows Desktop : (c’mon, I’ve just told you that one).
Copy :
Paste :
Switch to another application :

And the answers are:
Show Windows Desktop : “Windows Key” + D
Copy : Ctrl + C
Paste : Ctrl + V
Switch to another application : Alt + Tab
..and i didn’t even start on the application specific shortcut keys…

10 thoughts on “Useful Windows Shortcut Key (show desktop)”

  1. Hi Steve,

    I know this is an old entry – but just the right one for me! A week ago I deleted the “Show desktop” entry in my toolbar and was now search the web for info how to get it back. happily I found your site, your shortcut is much better than another icon in my toolbar. Thanks a million.
    Have a nice day, mine started great because of you sharing the obvious.

  2. Thank you for your windows key + D command
    this was very helpful!
    Not a big fan of the mouse – slows me down.

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