Ever since I got a mac I missed the functionality of "show desktop" that windows has, with its keyboard shortcut: windows key+D.
F11 simply doesn't cut it, creating messy borders at the edge of the screen.

This is my goal: hiding all windows using a keyboard shortcut.

Step 1: Downloads

you'll need to download 2 freeware applications, and install them:

1) Show Desktop
This will hide all the windows

2) Xkeys - 1.1.1
This will allow us to use function keys.
<p>I use Hide. It is an app that hides all open windows on your screen by click on the little icon in the statusbar. Use it to organize your windows and become faster. Download it at http://ottisoftware.com</p>
<p>Simple, just use Function + F11 keys on your Mac.</p>
<p>How do I do it without downloads is what I am looking for.</p>
<p>Seriously dude?</p>
not what I was looking for but thanks.
Four finger pinch out shows the desktop. put your thumb and three fingers in close position and then open it outward like increasing circle. it will show the desktop. for this you need to enable this gesture in &quot;system preference&quot; &quot;trackpad&quot; &quot;more gestures&quot; &quot;show desktop&quot;
Not strictly a keyboard shortcut but pressing Cmd+Option and clicking on the desktop will hide all open windows.
Thank you ndsa! That's exactly what I was looking for! :)
edit : it won't hide open finder windows.
lots of info. why do we want do everything the pc way ? well just use 4 finger scroll up to show desktop. isnt it ?
It's a bit arrogant to assume that we're all sitting in front of a laptop.
Why does someone always reply with a PC vs Mac comment?<br><br>The computer was invented to make our lives easier if hiding all windows make this guys life easier then why does it matter what system its like?<br><br>I've got used to pushing F11 now but it still aggravates my OCD a little :)
swipe up on track pad sith four fingerS<br>Works with lepord at least
tell application &quot;System Events&quot;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; set visible of every process whose visible is true to false<br /> end tell<br /> <br /> Here's an applescript to do the job<br />
Hi Folks I spent ages looking around and there is the answer right on the mac. 1/ open expose ( apple on menu/system preferences/expose & spaces 1/ open and select menu expose 2/ select in the window where t shows desktop field name any of the drop down keys you wish ( i chose F19 because i don't know if i ever use or will use it for anything else AND its the top right hand key, so no need to look too much!) tha's it. No need for me to buy the app i am trying to do the same with( trying because the showdesktop app keeps crashing anyway!! All the best to you if anyone ever gets to read this etc !! Paul
You can do the same thing by actually quitting Finder. See my 'ible: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How_To_Quit_Finder_Mac_os_X/">Quit Finder</a><br/>
Why not just use Exposé?
Because it doesn't really hide the applications.
Oh, ok. One thing you could use is the Dockables action "Hide apps" that hides all apps open.

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