Get To The Desktop Without Minimizing Application


Q. Now that I have lots of RAM loaded in my computer I finally can do some serious multitasking. As a result, I keep a bunch of applications open at the same time, so I can switch from one to another as needed. Although it saves me lots of time, it also causes problems because every time I need to get to my desktop I’ve first got to minimize each application. What a waste: The time I save by keeping applications open I spend minimizing them when I need access to the desktop. Do you have a solution?

A. Yes, and it’s a simple one. Many new computers have the Show Desktop icon already installed. It’s generally installed in the desktop toolbar, usually in the strip adjacent to the Start button at the bottom of the screen. It looks like this:

To get it on your desktop, do the following: Right click on the Start button, then click on Explore. When it opens, go to the top left side of the screen and click on File, New, Shortcut. In the box that opens, type c:windowsdesktop (assuming the Windows folder is on your c: drive). Then click Next, Finish. Now you have the desktop folder in your start menu and you can get directly to your desktop no matter how deeply it’s buried.

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