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Quickly switch from the application to the desktop using a shortcut


You probably know that you can use the Alt-Tab key combination to switch between open applications. But what if several programs are open and you want to get to the Windows desktop quickly from Word, for example?

You have various options for this: Windows-M minimizes all open applications and leads you to the desktop interface, and you can go back with Shift-Windows-M. However, the Windows-D shortcut is more convenient, the way back is also via Windows-D. The difference is that in this case, for example, you will end up in Word where you were last working.

The shortcut Alt-Tab shows an overview of all open applications, between which you can then switch by pressing the Tab key again.

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The shortcut Alt-Tab shows an overview of all open applications, between which you can then switch by pressing the Tab key again.

If you prefer to use the mouse, right-click on the taskbar and select “Show Desktop”. In this case, however, it is usually not possible to restore the open applications quickly. This only works if you work with a Microsoft mouse model. Because then you can configure the associated driver accordingly. To do this, open the “Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center” from the program list in the start menu and assign functions to the buttons on your mouse. Click on the entry for one of the buttons, scroll down the list below and select “Show / hide desktop”.

With the mouse driver from Microsoft it is possible to assign certain functions to the buttons. Here the big thumb button makes the desktop appear.

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With the mouse driver from Microsoft it is possible to assign certain functions to the buttons. Here the big thumb button makes the desktop appear.

Tip:

Windows 10: The most important hotkeys & shortcuts

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