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toronado455

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Apr 2, 2009
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Is there a key combination or gesture to hide all windows and show the desktop?
 

toronado455

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 2, 2009
191
10
New MBP. F11 has vol down symbol. Looks like I'd need to disable all the special symbol functions in the keyboard prefs in order to assign one to Expose's show desktop function. Not worth loosing all the other special functions. Be better if I could just re-assign the F4 dashboard key to show desktop instead since I don't use dashboard.

Actually, I don't like the way expose does the show desktop by sliding everything up and making that border around the screen as a temp situation. I'd rather it just be exactly like the normal desktop with all other windows and apps hidden. It seems there used to be a command for that in the old Mac OS.
 
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zeemeerman2

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Feb 21, 2010
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CMD-F3 (Command + Exposé key) in Snow Leopard.
Don't know about Lion; perhaps it's the same.
 
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DewGuy1999

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Jan 25, 2009
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I don't know if this changed in Lion or not, but in Snow Leopard, option + command + click desktop will hide all windows and show the desktop.
 
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toronado455

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Apr 2, 2009
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I don't know if this changed in Lion or not, but in Snow Leopard, option + command + click desktop will hide all windows and show the desktop.

This is the closest to what I'm wanting, but it doesn't hide Finder windows, so it isn't exactly what I want. But I still greatly prefer it to the Expose method of showing the desktop.
 
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AdeFowler

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Aug 27, 2004
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I've assigned the Finder to Desktop 1 and get to it using Control 1, just like I did in Snow Leopard. Having Finder windows open isn't a problem for me and takes a millisecond to close them if I want to.
 
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cerberus 12

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Nov 13, 2007
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To use the F1-F12 keys you simply hold the function key in addition to your desired F-key.

The function key is in the bottom left hand corner with "fn" on it.
 
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