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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:53 PM

Is there a keyboard shortcut or some quick way to get to the desktop when you have a lot of windows open? I have expose keyboard & mouse shortcuts set so I can quickly get to other windows [and command+tab helps], but I can't get to my desktop like I could in windows by clicking the desktop icon in the quicklaunch area. Screen shots [print screen] go to the desktop, but to get to them I have to minimize all my open windows by clicking in the left corner of each. Option + Command + M is supposed to minimize all windows, but it doesn't do Firefox or PageManager. Apparently it just does the native mac programs like Finder. It also seems to just close all windows for the active program - like finder - then you need to use it again to close safari, etc.
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 07:05 PM

You know that is one thing that I think they left out of mac os x. I in the years that I have studied the mac os x operating system I have not found a way to do this, it is really annoying I know but I just do it the natural way that I originally learned and that is just minimize them all until you get to the one you want or to the desktop. Maybe Buddy has a suggestion. :blink:
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:14 AM

One way would be to open a Finder window > choose your home folder > drag and drop the Desktop folder to the right side of the Dock. You can then view and choose any Desktop items from the Dock. There may or may not be a keyboard shortcut to get the Desktop to topmost view that I don't know about.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:36 PM

Something similar would be paring Expose with the "Hide all open windows" function. Setup your Expose with a hot-key or mouse function, then when it exposes the desktop, press Command+Option and click on the Desktop. This will hide all open applications minus Finder, which you need half the time anyway.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:43 PM

Hit F12 then you will see the desktop, hit F12 again and you will be returned to all of your windows. :blink: F12 will only do this if it is set as show desktop in expose. OR even better set a hot corner as desktop and when you mouse over the corner it will move all windows out of the way. :wacko:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 05:45 PM

Thanks to all.

I found the topic Desktop Expose in one of my books. Command + F3 hides all windows including firefox & pagemanager. Then I click to the side of the screen to get my windows back. I checked my expose preferences [where I didn't see command +F3 listed??], and F11 was listed for Show Desktop. So Fn + F11 also works [since I have a laptop I have to add the Fn] - again on all windows. I don't need an icon on the dock if I have a keyboard shortcut.

I tried KwikKomputers suggestion, just to see how it worked and dragged desktop to the dock from Finder. I like the grid option w/ desktop on the dock. The Icon it chose was the same as Pagemanager, which was open and also on the dock. That's confusing. I don't know why the desktop dock icon didn't use its folder icon from Finder.I closed pagemanager, removed desktop from the dock and then dragged it back again and it's still got the icon for pagemanager. Weird.
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Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening




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