Windows 7 has brought in a whole lot of new features and new architecture in the interface that has made it to be an exciting experience while light weight at the same time. You can have adequate resources for multiple jobs as compared to the high resource consuming Windows Vista previously. Windows XP and Windows Vista used to have a Show Desktop in the Quick Launch toolbar that gets you to the desktop on a click.

Toolbar redesigned in Windows 7

The toolbar in Windows 7 has been completely revised after a long duration. Previous versions of Windows were having more or less similar architecture of the taskbar. The new features include Thumbnail Previews of all the applications that are opened. This feature was available in Windows Vista but the difference it with applications that have multiple tabs. All the programs and files running in a specific application are grouped and you can see their thumbnails on putting a mouse over on the application running them. You can see multiple tabs opened in Internet Explorer by just putting your cursor on the Application Icon pinned to the Taskbar.

Show Desktop

The Show Desktop link has been displaced from the quick launch. The quick launch has been completely revised as well. This does not remain to be the simple toolbar that used to be in the previous versions of the Windows rather it’s something more interactive. The Show Desktop icon is in the right bottom corner of your screen with the Time and Date display. The rectangle with the Time and Date display is the new shortcut to the Show Desktop feature that you can use in order to minimize everything that you are doing and head straight to the desktop.

Using “Show Desktop”

Using the feature and flipping to your desktop while working is not a difficult one. Follow the instructions below to jump to the desktop minimizing all your work:

  • Locate the taskbar and the Date and Time display of your computer on the taskbar.
  • Move your mouse over to the right corner of your display over the rectangle there and click the button.
  • This is all you need to make sure that all your windows are minimized and you are at the desktop. You can click the button once again to restore all the windows at the right place. The show desktop feature comes with another interactive function. You can have the view of your desktop on a mouse over only. Place your mouse cursor the Show Desktop link and you are going to have your windows minimized and you can see the desktop right away. Once you remove the cursor from the Show Desktop button, you are going to have your workspace right in front of you.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to use the Show Desktop feature and minimize all the windows opened on your system:

  • Windows Key + M will minimize all the windows and will bring you to the desktop.
  • Windows Key + D are the shortcut to show desktop.
  • Windows Key + Spacebar are going to flip to the desktop for as long as the keyboard shortcut combination is pressed. Once you release the keys, you will move back to the active window.