The desktop of our computer is the place where the shortcuts and folders most used in our day to day are stored. When we start running several applications at the same time and want to return to the desktop, many users choose to minimize each application one by one, something that can be a nuisance when we have too many applications in use. Therefore, today we are going to show you all the ways we have to show the desktop in Windows.
Ways to display the Desktop
To minimize all open applications and show the Windows Desktop, we have several options such as:
Create shortcut to Show Desktop
Those who were users of the mythical Windows XP will remember there was a Desktop icon with which we could access it quickly. To recover it, we must create a new shortcut, and in the path we must add:
We will name it Show Desktop and change its icon to show the original from XP. Once finished we drag it to the Taskbar and set it. In this way, every time we click on it, the Desktop will be displayed.
Use a keyboard shortcut
If we want to minimize all open programs and return to the Desktop in the fastest and easiest way, the best option is to use its corresponding keyboard shortcut. In this case we must press “Windows + D”. Its only drawback is that we will later have to open all the windows one by one.
Use the mouse to display the desktop and windows
If we take the mouse of our computer and move the cursor to the extreme right of our screen, we will see that there is a thin vertical line on the Taskbar and we click with the right button. Now a window will appear with the Show Desktop options , clicking there the windows will disappear.
We will also be able to activate, or deactivate, the option to take a look at the Desktop. This allows us to show the desktop just by placing the mouse over this box, without clicking.
Recover the classic desktop in Windows
If we liked the classic Windows 7 desktop with the Network icons, the Recycle Bin and My Computer, it is possible to use it again, by enabling the Classic Desktop. To do this, we must open the Windows 10 Settings menu by pressing the Windows + I keyboard shortcut and go to the Personalization section. Here we must select the Themes section. Now we must click on the Desktop Icon Settings. Here you must select the icons that we want to recover and click on the Apply button.
Shake a window
Windows 10 has a function that allows us to minimize all windows by making a sudden movement of the mouse. This trick is very useful especially when we have many windows open at the same time and we want to leave only one, and that the desktop appears in the background.
To do this, all we have to do is click on the upper bar of the window, and shake the mouse with several quick movements from one side to the other. Automatically all open windows will be minimized, and we will be left with only the one we were grabbing. Now, we only have to minimize this window to be able to see the desktop.
Problems displaying the Desktop in Windows 10
Can’t see the Desktop
In case we cannot see the Desktop or the Taskbar, we must restart the File Explorer. To do this we will press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to open the Task Manager. Next, we access the Run function, type explorer.exe and click OK.
This will cause File Explorer to restart and restore both the Taskbar and the Desktop. Once the operation has been carried out, the Desktop should return to normal.
Desktop icon is missing
In the event that we can access our Desktop and we can see the wallpaper, but not the icons, we will have to recover them. To do this, we must click with the right button on the Desktop and in the contextual menu within the View section we will select “Show desktop icons”.
Access the Desktop in tablet mode
If we use Tablet mode on our computer, the Start menu expands and hides the Desktop at the back, not being possible to deactivate it in this mode. In this way, if we want to access the Desktop, we can create a Show desktop icon on the taskbar, as we have seen previously, or we can choose to open the File Explorer and then access the Desktop folder.
How to move quickly between applications
Another trick that we can resort to, if what we want is to change from one application to another, is the keyboard shortcuts. On the one hand we have the classic Alt + Tab. This will allow us to change from one program to another, from one window to another, among everything that we have open in our session.
In addition, we can also use the Windows + Tab shortcut to open Timeline. The Windows 10 timeline will allow us to scroll not only through all the programs that we have open, but also through all the documents and files that we have recently opened.
Tips to fix issues with a locked desktop
On occasion, it may happen that the Windows 10 desktop becomes blocked and we cannot interact with it. If this happens to us, before we panic we should try some of these tips that we propose below:
Restart Windows Explorer
The most comfortable way to restart Explorer is from the Task Manager. To do this we will only have to press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC and it will appear on the screen without any help from the Shell. We just have to go to More details in the Processes tab we can locate the Explorer, which we must select and Restart.
Install pending updates from Windows Update
If the Windows desktop has crashed, it may be due to a system problem that can be solved with an update. For this reason, it is important that we check if there is an available update pending to be installed. To do this we will write “search for updates” in the Start search engine and click on that option. Next, we will proceed to install the pending updates and finally restart the computer to check if the problem has been solved.
Use the command prompt
If our desktop has been blocked, it may be generated by a failure caused by the system files. To solve it we can choose to open the Command Prompt. To do this, we just have to write its name in the Start search engine and run the application as Administrator. In the window we must write the commands:
dism/online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
We press enter and now we write
We press enter again and we only have to restart the computer to check if the desktop is perfectly operational again.