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5 Ways to Enable Show Desktop View in Windows 11

Easily do this by using the show desktop button


Windows 11 can be a haven for productivity with its slick user interface and robust capabilities. But sometimes, it can be hard to be productive when you have so many windows open that you can’t even see your desktop. If you are facing this difficulty, do not fear as we will help you use a feature known as the Show desktop to bring back order to your workspace.

This guide will serve as your compass to learning the various ways to use this feature. We will go through different methods, and you will be able to choose the method that works best for you. So, if this sounds interesting, stay with us to the very end.

Why Does Desktop Not Show in Windows 11?

There are many reasons why your desktop might not show in Windows 11. Some of the most common causes are outlined below.

  • One common cause of this problem is if you turn on Tablet Mode. This feature prioritizes full screen and can hide your taskbar and other desktop elements.
  • Another common cause is if your taskbar is accidentally hidden. This can hide the Show desktop button, making it difficult for you to use the feature.
  • If the process responsible for managing the desktop (Explorer.exe) crashes, you will find it difficult to use the Show desktop feature.
  • Lastly, you could also be experiencing this problem as a result of third-party software interference. Some software can conflict with your Windows 11 OS and cause this problem.

How to Enable Show Desktop View in Windows 11

1. Make Use of the Power User Menu

There are many useful shortcuts for launching Windows 11 tools in the Power User menu. By following the steps outlined below, you can use this tool to enable desktop on your Windows 11 device.

  1. Hold Windows + X simultaneously.
  2. From the list of options, choose Desktop.
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  3. Once you do this, your desktop will immediately appear.

2. Make Use of a Custom Taskbar Shortcut

Another easy way to Show desktop in Windows 11 is by creating a custom taskbar shortcut. This can range from a simple right-click, a dedicated icon, clicking on an open space, or a hotkey combo. Follow the steps below to quickly create your custom shortcut.

  1. Right-click on a space on your window, hover your mouse on New, then select Shortcut.
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  2. Input the command below into the text field, then click Next.
    explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
  3. Give the shortcut your desired name, then click on the Finish button.
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  4. Place the newly created shortcut on your taskbar by right-clicking on it, and navigating to Show more options Pin to taskbar.

3. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts is another simple way you can show your desktop on your Windows 11 device. This step is straightforward and can be accomplished by following the steps listed below.

  1. The Show desktop shortcut is Windows + D. Pressing these keys simultaneously will minimize every open window so you can view your desktop. Press this key again to maximize your opened windows.
  2. The next shortcut is the Windows + M keys. When you hit this key combination, all open windows get minimized. Unlike the Show desktop hotkey, this keyboard shortcut does not bring back all windows when hit again. Pressing Windows + Shift + M will maximize every window.
  3. The last shortcut you can use is the Windows +, (comma key). By using this command, you can see the desktop but you will not be able to interact with it, because once you release the Windows key, the desktop will hide itself again.

4. Make Use of the Show Desktop Button

The easiest approach to enable Show desktop view in Windows 11 is to click the Show desktop icon. This button functions as a rapid command, minimizing all open windows and displaying your clean desktop with a single click. Follow the steps below to learn how to use this feature.

  1. Take your mouse to the thin line on the far right side of your taskbar to choose the Show desktop option.
  2. If you cannot find this option, then it means that you have not enabled the feature. Follow the next steps to turn it on.
  3. Right-click somewhere on the taskbar, and choose Taskbar settings.
  4. Select Taskbar behaviors to get more options.
  5. Now, tick the checkbox for the Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop option.
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  6. Doing this will make the feature available when you hover your mouse on the thin line at the right corner of your screen.

5. Use the Touchpad and Touch Gestures

With Windows 11, you can use your touchpad’s full potential with simple movements that can improve productivity. All it takes is a three-finger swipe downward to turn your messy screen into a spotless desktop that is ready for action. Follow the instructions below to learn how to do this.

  1. For this step to work, you need to enable touch/touchpad. Follow the next step if you have not enabled this feature.
  2. Press Windows + I to open the Settings application.
  3. Next, navigate to Bluetooth & devices Touch Three- and four-finger touch gestures.
  4. Turn on the Three-and four-finger touch gestures feature.
  5. Once you do this, you should be able to use your three-finger to swipe down and view your desktop. To learn more about the various features available with the touch/touchpad gesture, go to the Microsoft Touch gestures for Windows page.

Final thoughts

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be able to successfully use the show desktop on Windows 11 feature to clear your workspace. If you have further questions, reach out to us via the comment section below.

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