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I found a way to improve the Show Desktop feature

  1. #1


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8

    I found a way to improve the Show Desktop feature


    By doing this, you can make a single key do three things:
    1. The first time you press it, from a Windows 8 (or "Metro") App, it switches to the Desktop mode with all windows still open.
    2. If you then hit the key a second time, it minimizes all the windows.
    3. Then if you hit it a third time, it restores the windows.
    And if you're already in desktop mode, it will just perform functions 2 and 3.
    First you have to have a copy of the "Show Desktop" icon in a folder. In my Windows 8, I found that it's already in the folder
    C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
    Copy and paste it into
    C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Accessories\System Tools
    Then, in that folder, right-click the icon and select Properties." Click in the "Shortcut Key" pane and press one of the 12 function keys, or one of the 4 operation keys + - * / on the numeric keypad, and click OK. That key should then work 3 ways, as I described above.
    (Most of the other keys can also be used as shortcuts, but then you have to hold down "Ctrl + Alt" every time you use them. On the other hand, if you use a function key it won't work this way when you're in an app that assigns that key a different purpose.)

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dragon Drop, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could also use this for the same.

    Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Forums
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

I found a way to improve the Show Desktop feature
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