Skip Nav
Presidential Inauguration
Donald Trump Tweeted a Photo "Writing" His Inaugural Address, and the Internet Has Some Things to Say
Geek Culture
6 Harry Potter Photos That Will Make You Do a Double Take
Presidential Inauguration
Michelle Obama's Reaction to Melania Trump's Gift Is Basically Meme GOLD

Desktop Keyboard Shortcut

Take Me to My Desktop! Superfast Shortcuts to Clear Your Screen

Whether it's to hide a Reddit addiction from your superior (it's OK, we've all been there) or quickly access a folder, shortcuts to clear all windows and show only the desktop can dramatically increase productivity — and save you from potentially hairy situations.

Check out these shortcuts to wipe away windows and clear the way for desktop access on Mac OS X, MacBooks/MacBook Pros, and Windows 8.

Show Desktop App

  • Show Desktop is a free app for Mac users that will hide all applications and show the desktop when clicked. It can run in the menu bar or dock.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) Hotkeys

  • Mission Control — In System Preferences by "Show Desktop," choose between a variety of F keys or mouse click + command shortcuts. Click on the "Hot Corners" button on the bottom left of Mission Control to enable show desktop. When you drag your mouse to the designated hot corner, the windows will clear, and you'll see your desktop. Moving the mouse back to that corner will make the windows reappear.

Mac OS X 10.7 and Earlier Hotkeys

  • Exposé — If you can't find Mission Control in System Preferences, then look for Exposé. You will be able to set the key or trigger of your choice to show the desktop.

Learn how to get unwanted windows out of the way when you're using your Mac laptop or Windows 8 device after the break.

ADVERTISEMENT

MacBook/MacBook Pro Shortcuts

  • Use gestures on your trackpad to quickly navigate your laptop. A three-finger swipe up on the trackpad will show all the apps and windows currently open. Then select "Desktop."

Windows 8 Shortcut

  • Hitting the Windows key + D from the Start screen will take you to the desktop.
  • Or right-click on the task bar and choose "Show Desktop."
  • Clicking the lowest right corner of the screen, next to the time and date will also show the desktop. To bring the windows back, click that area again.
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Guelorstar15337795 Guelorstar15337795 2 years
i would like to delete all shortcuts on my desktop
Nicole-Nguyen Nicole-Nguyen 3 years
@eggy78 — Great tip! Win8 does indeed support Windows key + D.
eggy78 eggy78 3 years
I haven't used Windows 8, but at least in Windows XP, Vista, and 7, you can do Windows Key + D to show your desktop, and again to show everything you just had open. I would be surprised if this doesn't also exist in Win8.
Worst Passwords to Use
Tech Life Hacks
How to Properly Clean Your Earbuds
How to Make Your Dog Famous on Instagram
How Do I Find the Movie Categories on Netflix?
Instagram Adds Live and Wide Color Pictures
Netflix Tips

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds