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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Only Windows XP Feature I Missed

One of the only features of Windows XP that I have been missing is the 'Show Desktop' button in the quick launch bar. That little button immediately clears your workspace and tosses windows in the task bar. Sure OS X has Exposé, but sometimes it just doesn't do the trick. F11 is nice, but the windows are still there once you toggle it back on. And hitting Apple+M or Apple +H really fast isn't efficient.

Luckily I found a 'Show Desktop' clone, ironically named Show Desktop :) This little app resides either in your Dock or Menu Bar. When clicked, all of your open programs get hidden (so you can still Apple+Tab through them) and finder windows get minimized. This is as close to the Windows XP version as it could get. Now if only I could figure out how to set a keystroke to Show Desktop I'd be set!

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At February 8, 2007 at 10:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would be something nice to have. Windows even has a shortcut (Windows + D) to show the desktop.

Still, I think Expose is good enough. I mapped the show desktop command to one of the buttons on the mouse so it isn't really much of a hassle. :)


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