Windows + D: The fastest way to see your desktop behind open windows

Windows + D: a simple trick to hide your windows in a jiffy, or get back to what your were working on earlier. — dpa

Every now and again, you’ll find several open windows are between you and the files on your Windows desktop.

The key combination Windows + D is the solution. Try it, and you’ll notice it instantly minimises all open windows and shows you what’s on your desktop.

Argh!? Now where’d all my open windows go?

Don’t worry, you can get them all back just as easily. Hit the same combo of Windows key and D (think D for Desktop) again and every window you had open a second ago will reappear in the same arrangement.

Essentially, it's a handy shortcut if you just want to get back to your desktop to launch a certain piece of software or drag and drop some file without closing all your windows.

There’s also an even simpler command if all you need is a quick glance at the desktop. Say you just want to see what the name of a certain file is, all you have to do is hit Windows + comma.

All windows go transparent, but won’t be reduced, so you can see what’s on your desktop. As soon as you release the keys, the windows are back as if nothing had happened. – dpa

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