Show Desktop in Mac Osx (aka Hide All)

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Introduction: Show Desktop in Mac Osx (aka Hide All)

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
http://www.everydaysoftware.net/showdesktop/

2) Xkeys - 1.1.1
This will allow us to use function keys.
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18713

Step 2: Using Show Desktop

Open Show Desktop.

When you press on the Show desktop icon in the Dock it will hide all applications (depending on the preferences).

go to the preferences in Show Desktop, and see the different options, this is something you should do with every new program you get so as to use it the best way you can.

I set my prefrences this way (see picture):

Step 3: Using Xkeys

open Xkeys

see image 1, and copy it.
Press F8 (or the function key you chose), this should hide all the windows!

but wait, we're not done yet,
remember about always checking the preferences?
Go to the preferences (see image 2) and uncheck the last box (the one that says can put Xkeys on standby using...) so it does not collide with other programs.
For example cmnd+F12 is used by firefox as "undo close tab" but will be overridden by Xkeys, creating much angst and dismay!

That's it, you're done!

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    21 Discussions

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    veeHappy101
    veeHappy101

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks Man! Its just what I need. ;)

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    veeHappy101
    veeHappy101

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks Man! This just what I need. :D

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    TboiW
    TboiW

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    JakubP1
    JakubP1

    5 years ago on Introduction

    How do I do it without downloads is what I am looking for.

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    ppsirker
    ppsirker

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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 "system preference" "trackpad" "more gestures" "show desktop"

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    ndsa
    ndsa

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Not strictly a keyboard shortcut but pressing Cmd+Option and clicking on the desktop will hide all open windows.

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    JennD17
    JennD17

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you ndsa! That's exactly what I was looking for! :)

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    ndsa
    ndsa

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    edit : it won't hide open finder windows.

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    vsy
    vsy

    9 years ago on Introduction

    lots of info. why do we want do everything the pc way ? well just use 4 finger scroll up to show desktop. isnt it ?

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    jfreas
    jfreas

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It's a bit arrogant to assume that we're all sitting in front of a laptop.

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    shootermatic
    shootermatic

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Why does someone always reply with a PC vs Mac comment?

    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?

    I've got used to pushing F11 now but it still aggravates my OCD a little :)

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    ngrevious
    ngrevious

    8 years ago on Introduction

    swipe up on track pad sith four fingerS
    Works with lepord at least

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    black_shades
    black_shades

    10 years ago on Introduction

    tell application "System Events"
        set visible of every process whose visible is true to false
    end tell

    Here's an applescript to do the job

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    saultopaul
    saultopaul

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    dr15
    dr15

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Because it doesn't really hide the applications.