How to Minimize All Open Windows

While we all have various reasons in which we need to minimize all open windows to get back to viewing the main Desktop screen, instead of having to click the minimize button on each open window, wouldn’t you rather be able to do this quickly and with ease? The good news is you can – and I am here to help show you how to minimize all open windows at once in Windows 10 with a single keystroke or with one click of the mouse – depending on your preference of choice. Here’s how:


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Using Your Mouse to Minimize All Open Windows


Unlike in previous versions of Windows (before Windows 7) that had a button to minimize all opened windows and show the Desktop, on Windows 10 there is, unfortunately, no button like this. In fact to minimize all open windows at once in Windows 10, we need to left-click on a tiny invisible button to the right edge of the taskbar, beside the clock (or at the bottom edge if your taskbar is vertical). You can also restore the minimized windows by left-clicking on the Show Desktop button again.


Minimize all Windows to Show Desktop with Mouse


Using the Keyboard to Minimize All Open Windows


Minimize all open windows with keyboard Windows + D keyWhile that tiny invisible Show Desktop button can be a bit hard to see, never alone having to try and left-click on it with your mouse, alternatively you can use a keyboard shortcut to minimize all open windows at once and restore all those minimized windows by using the same keyboard shortcut. All you simply have to do is hold down the “Windows” key and then press the “D” key. Typically you will find the “Windows” key between the “Ctrl” and “Alt” keys found on the left-hand side of your keyboard. (Refer to picture.) 


Note: You can also use the “Windows” key + the “M” key to minimize all open windows at once, and then to restore all the minimized windows, just press the “Windows” key + the “Shift” and “M” key together.

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2 thoughts on “How to Minimize All Open Windows

  • May 20, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Hi, Chris, and thanks for learning me how to minimise windows. I understood it completely and I don’t always do that. You made it easy and understandable. Thanks. I will start using it.


    • May 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Glad to hear that my instructions are clear and concise. Even better to know that it helped you to learn how to minimize windows. I’m always glad to provide information that does that. Thanks for letting me know by leaving a comment. 🙂


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