Show Desktop - Icon in Dock? Shortcut?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zakpet, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Zakpet macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2009
    Is there any way to quickly minimize all windows and reveal the desktop?

    Perhaps by placing a Desktop icon in the dock or some combination of keys?

    I would really love a desktop icon in the dock, but I don't know where to drag it from.
  2. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Just use spaces and have a blank space that you can switch to, that's what I do.
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Cmd+F3 on the wireless keyboard ... F11 on the older MacBooks.
  4. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Expose is the name of the feature you're looking for. It will move all open windows to the edge of the screen, revealing the desktop background and whatever files you have stored there. It can be activated by keyboard shortcut or by using the grey side buttons on a Mighty Mouse. I'm not aware of an actual "Show Desktop" alias/shortcut that can be added to the Dock, but maybe someone who knows scripting and customizing the Mac OS can help with that...
  5. Zakpet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2009
    Awesome. Thank you Everyone!

    Cmd F3 is the shortcut for me!
  6. jive turkey macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    I mapped one of the 8 zillion function keys as "show desktop."
  7. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    or you could also use Hot Corners...which is another feature of Expose that you could set up if you don't want to do a keyboard shortcut each time.

    You just simply move your mouse to one corner of your screen real quick.
  8. versalife macrumors newbie


    Mar 10, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    Sorry for digging out this thread but I have exactly the same questions as the thread-starter, however I do not want to use the keyboard for that. I know all the proposed solutions posted in here... but all I want is a script or something that I can put in my dock that when I click on it, will do exactly what "command+option+click" does?
    Is this possible? (and no, I don't want to have to use the keyboard).

    Thanks in advance.
  9. Monostratos macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2007
    @versalife: Just drag from applications/utilities to the dock. If you right click, you can choose "show desktop".
  10. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    Quick access: go to Exposé in System Prefs; set one of the screen corners to "Desktop" ... then when you need it move your mouse cursor to that corner.

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