Is there a "GO TO Desktop" shortcut? Not "SHOW Desktop"

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by ehzool, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. ehzool macrumors member

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    So I know there are a ton of ways to "show" the desktop on a Mac. Hot corners, F11, and 3 fingers pinch out.

    But all this does is push the other windows aside (You can see still them in the corners of the screen)

    Is there a real way to get to the desktop on Mac? When you click "Show Desktop" on a Windows computer, it actually minimes all your apps and shows your desktop.... how about that.

    For what I'm trying to do, sometimes I need to just GO TO the desktop. So I minimize every single app I have. Very annoying.

    Any 3rd party apps I can download that will accomplish this?
     
  2. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I just keep an empty space and swipe to that when I need a clear desktop to access a file that's sitting on my desktop.
     
  3. mikzn macrumors 6502

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    I use the " Hot Corners" and set the lower left corner to remove all the open windows and have a clear view of the desktop.

    Just move the mouse to the lower corner and it moves everything out of view - move the mouse back again it back and it puts all the windows back.

    Works great for multiple screens too
     
  4. ehzool thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, that's what I'm doing right now. I want to know a way to get to my desktop without moving everything almost out of view. I want to 100% be on my desktop as if I manually minimized all my open apps.
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    Hmm, what do you mean exactly?
     
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  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I think you are saying you'd like to, in one step, Open Finder and Hide Others.
     
  7. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    Hold Cmd+Alt and click somewhere on the desktop. All windows will hide.

    Or, keyboard only: Cmd+Alt+H+M
     
  8. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    CMD+Alt+H+M all that did was give me black screen with a tiny 340x480 window.

    This is while i'm in firefox.

    I too want what the OP wants
     
  9. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    Weird, I tried that multiple times on my MBP with Sierra and it works.

    Did you try Cmd+Alt + click on the desktop?
     
  10. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    ›If in firefox and I push CMD+Alt how do I click desktop?

    there is no desktop to click on.

    Below is CMD+Alt+H+M

    Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 13.32.19.png
     
  11. chabig macrumors 68040

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    No. That IS the desktop. You can do anything you want to do with those files you see, while the windows stay at the edges of the display.
     
  12. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    I think OP what equizalent to Window key + D on a windows PC.

    so everything minimized to dock in mac without the "desktop with border".
     
  13. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    Well, yes, that only works if you have a part of the desktop visible. If everything is full screen, that won't work.

    And apparently Firefox intercepts Cmd-Alt-M-H, so nothing you can do there either I guess. Those were the only solutions I had up my sleeve.
     
  14. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    From El Capitan onward you can no longer create a keyboard shortcut to run an app, which is unfortunate.

    I've got an Automator created app that runs an Applescript that switches to the Finder and then hides all other apps.

    Attaching it here if anyone's interested.
     

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  15. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Code:
    tell application "Finder" to activate
    tell application "System Events"
        tell application process "Finder"
            tell menu bar 1
                click menu item "Hide Others" of menu of menu bar item "Finder"
                click menu item "Minimize All" of menu of menu bar item "Window"
            end tell
        end tell
    end tell
    I'm doing something similar to what BrianBaughn mentioned, only using Alfred. You could also just use Script Editor to paste this in and save as an application in the Dock then just click it to execute. Or launch the app from Spotlight.
     
  16. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Another option, right click on the Dock Finder icon, hold option and select Hide Others.
     
  17. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    For me that only hid firefox (which I was using at time), but not thunderbird or chrome.

    Had do that process twice to get to desktop.
    But works
     
  18. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    As one of the other posters wrote, go to Mission Control, add a blank desktop and leave it. Then, you can 4-finger swipe over to a blank desktop.
     
  19. deany macrumors 68030

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    Alfred should do what you want:

    Create short cut

    https://www.alfredapp.com/

    I use Alfred daily q + enter closes all open apps.

    I assume that a shortcut could be made.
    I dont use the functionality of Alfred enough some forum members may step in with a quick solution.
     

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