How to quickly get to the Windows Desktop

Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope

The Microsoft Windows logoWhen Windows first starts, it loads to the Desktop. However, as you open files and programs on the computer, it becomes hidden. Thankfully there are different ways to get back to the Desktop without closing any of your open programs. We've listed all of the different methods below in the order we find easiest.

Desktop shortcut keys

Press the Windows key and D at any time to get to the Windows Desktop. Press the same keys again to restore the hidden windows.

Press the Windows key+M to minimize all open programs. To undo all minimized windows, press the keys Windows key+Shift+M.

Aero Peek

Aero PeekIf you are using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, there is a feature called Aero peek. To use Aero peek, move your mouse cursor to the bottom right-hand corner of the Taskbar, and click the tab. Once you're done with the Desktop, you can repeat these steps to restore the open windows.

Minimize all open windows

You can also minimize all open windows to get to the Desktop. If you only have one or two windows open, minimizing the window may be the fastest solution. However, if you have several windows open, we suggest using one of the previously mentioned suggestions.

Additional information

  • See our Desktop definition for further information and related links.