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Tech Snippets: Show the Desktop

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Tech Snippets - a new series of short posts showing helpful tools and methods that could easily be missed or overlooked, yet are things that are extremely helpful once you know!
Do you know this one?...

Show the Desktop - On a Windows PC

How many app windows do you have running simultaneously? 3, or 5, or 15? (they easily add up). The quickest way to "minimize all" is by using one of the following two shortcuts to show your desktop again. If you are a Windows user, you can use the Windows Key + D shortcut to do this. There's also another way that I think is even easier. Drop your mouse cursor all the way into the bottom right corner and then click. This is a special spot that is designed to activate the "show desktop" command. Quickly just move your mouse far enough right and far enough down and it will be in the corner (don't sweat being precise about it, since once you have moved far enough over and down, it will have reached the limit). Click & Done! (click that spot again later if you want all the previous windows restored)

Show the Desktop - On a Mac

If you want to show desktop on a Mac you can use Command+F3 (Mission Control) keyboard shortcut. 

See this howtogeek.com article to read more and to set up customized shortcuts.

If you like the mouse in a corner technique noted above, you can do something very similar by programming your "hot corners" on your mac. See that linked article to read more.

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This blog is all about technology and helping you to use it smarter! Your digital footprint is your chance to attract new clients. What kind of impression are you making via your website, blog, and social media? We’ll be talking about that! Are you as productive as you can be? What apps might help you out? Do you know how to use all the best tools inside the apps? I enjoy photography and videography, you can expect to see those topics also on this blog.
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I LOVE the idea of you doing short tutorials! Then we can learn a lot of different things often 😉 I had no idea about this shortcut. As usual, THANK YOU!

Mar 16, 2023 05:20 PM
Craig Daniels

Maybe if I do enough short posts I can be at 1M too :) Mimi Foster 

Mar 18, 2023 11:49 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Craig Daniels - Oh, how I wish I could meet with you to improve my Surface Pro. Your tips are so valuable but they don't work for me. I am missing out on excellent technology. I am not in a position to buy a MAC or anything else at this time. 

Mar 16, 2023 05:34 PM
Craig Daniels

I have always been a windows guy. I prefer windows over Mac. Surface pros are nice computers also. If you ever need some tech tutoring 1300 miles doesn't mean much in our virtual world. You can always reach out to me Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Mar 18, 2023 11:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Craig- Keep 'em coming!!! And no, I did not know this trick!!!!  

Mar 16, 2023 06:34 PM
Craig Daniels

Glad you like the idea Kathy Streib 

Mar 18, 2023 11:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Craig Daniels ,

Of course I had no clue! Thank you for the heads up..you always show us something new!!

Mar 16, 2023 07:16 PM
Craig Daniels

I hope these tips prove useful, thanks Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Mar 18, 2023 11:55 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I always learn something valuable from your posts!  I remember having a job where I had to have a lot of tabs open and that was a sign to me that I was too busy with that job, haha.

Mar 17, 2023 04:14 AM
Craig Daniels

Lost in tabs, yeah that happens Brian England 

Mar 18, 2023 11:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I have a Mac and usually use Command Tab to get to the list of open icons I can pick from. I did not know about Command F3 which probably works even better. Thank you!

Mar 17, 2023 04:51 AM
Craig Daniels

Command Tab is good to use for switching, this tip is good to get a whole stack of apps minimized at once Kat Palmiotti 

Mar 18, 2023 11:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Thanks for the tip, Craig. I had no idea. I rarely have that many windows open at the same time so it had never occurred to me to look for a shortcut.

Mar 17, 2023 05:45 AM
Craig Daniels

Maybe at some point you'll get yourself into this where there's so much going on and you might remember this tip. thanks Nina Hollander, Broker 

Mar 18, 2023 11:57 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well, that's cool now I will need to think of a scenario where I would have more than 1 window open.

Mar 17, 2023 03:04 PM
Craig Daniels

perhaps on some extremely busy day Ed Silva 

Mar 18, 2023 11:58 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I learned something new and love the new series of short posts showing helpful tools. Thanks so much for always sharing with us!

Mar 17, 2023 07:26 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks. I've got a whole list of upcoming posts outlined, stay tuned Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Mar 18, 2023 11:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Craig. Did I know it already? Absolutely not! Did I learn something new? Absolutely! Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Mar 18, 2023 05:20 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks for saying so Wayne Martin 

Mar 18, 2023 11:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great tip, Craig, and it's certainly easy. This is the first I ever heard of this. 



Mar 18, 2023 10:54 AM
Craig Daniels

Thanks! I hope to uncover plenty of more tips like this Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Mar 18, 2023 12:00 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I use the minimize button at the top right on the toolbar (or task bar, as it might be called). But you taught me something new. I was unaware of the bottom right. I tried it and it works!

Mar 18, 2023 11:45 AM
Craig Daniels

The minimize button at the top right is good for minimizing one app. This tip has super powers of minimizing ALL the apps. Glad you gave it a try Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty 

Mar 18, 2023 12:00 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Craig somehow I missed this blog.  I just tried it, and it is a tip I will be using from now on.  Thank you!!!

Mar 18, 2023 12:49 PM
Craig Daniels

glad it is a new found tip for you. thanks very much for letting me know George Souto 

Mar 19, 2023 04:59 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend.

Apr 01, 2023 07:02 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Apr 01, 2023 07:16 AM