How to Show Desktop on Windows 11?

Most of us place our quick-access items on the desktop such that we can use them whenever needed. Therefore, we constantly need to show our Desktop when multitasking.

You have probably faced a situation where you open tons of files and want to view your Desktop quickly. Indeed, minimizing or closing each one will take a lot of time.

But what if we tell you there are tons of shortcuts to do this? Here, we introduce some easy techniques to show Desktop on Windows 11.

How to Show Desktop on Windows 11?

Open Desktop From The Taskbar

Using the taskbar is probably the simplest way to show the Desktop on Windows 11. However, if you’re unaware of this, you can go through the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the Windows taskbar.
  2. Drag your cursor to the bottom-right corner of the screen.
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  3. Once you do so, a button pops up. If you hover over the icon, it says Show Desktop. So, simply click on it.
  4. Now, all your documents get hidden, and you can view your Desktop. But, if you wish to toggle back to your old window, click on the button again.

If the feature isn’t working, you need to change some settings. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Visit Settings and go to Personalization.
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  2. Click on the Taskbar option and navigate to Taskbar behaviors.
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  3. Tick the Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop option.
  4. Now, take your cursor to the bottom-right corner of the taskbar again. This time, the technique should work just fine.
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From Start Menu

Well, the Start Button on our taskbar is the gateway to everything on our PCs. Hence, it’s possible to show the desktop via Start Menu. 

  1. First of all, right-click on the Start button.
  2. select the option, Desktop. Upon clicking the button, you’ll be directed to your desktop.
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Press Windows Key and D

Pressing the Windows key and D is an alternative method to hide the running files to access the Desktop. Interestingly, you can use this keyboard shortcut even if the Select taskbar to show the desktop option is disabled.
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To get back to your old document, use the same keys again. However, if you perform any action after entering Desktop, you won’t be able to get back where you were. 

Use Windows Key and Comma

Are you trying to quickly view your Desktop without making any changes to it? Well, this is possible using Windows and Comma keys.
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Once you press these keyboard/keypad buttons, your desktop is shown at a glance. However, releasing them will toggle back to the previous window.

Therefore, you should use this keyboard shortcut only when trying to see what’s on the Desktop. For example, you can check your Desktop when changing the background to see how it looks.

Press Windows Key and M

Generally, we use Windows and M keys to minimize multiple windows all at once to view the Desktop content. But, if you press these keys again, none of your old files get restored.
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If you wish to return to your old program, use Windows + Shift + M keys. This will not only restore your earlier window but also maximize all the other previously opened documents.

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Create a Shortcut That Shows Desktop

Not many users are aware of creating shortcuts to show the Desktop. Using this method, you can simply create a taskbar icon that lets you view your desktop from time to time.

So, here’s a basic idea on how you can create a shortcut that leads to Desktop on Windows 11:

  1. Navigate to your Desktop and right-click anywhere on the window.
    Go to New and select Shortcut.
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  2. Then, enter the following location once the dialogue box appears and click on Next.explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
  1. Now, type your desired name for the shortcut and choose Finish. 
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  2. Next, go back to Desktop and right-click on the recently created Shortcut.
  3. Choose Show More Options and select Pin to taskbar. This will create a shortcut icon on your Windows taskbar.
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  4. Finally, test whether the shortcut is working or not. First, open multiple files. Then, press the shortcut icon on your taskbar. Certainly, this should take you to the Desktop.

Interestingly, you can press the icon again to return to the previous window. Indeed, this is much more convenient than the other techniques.

Well, the shortcut icon you created has a default File Explorer icon. So, to make it look more appealing, learn how to change icons from our other article.

Quickly View Desktop Items in File Explorer

If you do not wish to view your Desktop but rather work on the items, you can do so in File Explorer. Follow these general steps to get an idea of how you can quickly show Desktop items:

  1. Open File Explorer from your Windows taskbar.
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  2. On your left side, navigate to This PC.
  3. Next, select Desktop. This will show all your Desktop files in a window rather than opening the actual desktop.
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Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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