3 Ways to Show Desktop in Mac

On Windows based computers it is very easy to show the desktop quickly. Many of the Windows users use ‘Win + D’ shortcut keys for viewing desktop. Otherwise, you can just move the cursor to the bottom right corner to hide all open programs and show the desktop. But on Mac, you won’t find any such option to show desktop. Here are 3 ways for you to show desktop on Mac.

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3 Ways to Show Desktop in Mac

  1. Create Hot Corners
  2. F11 or ‘Fn + F11’ shortcut keys
  3. Use trackpad gesture

1. Create Hot Corners

Hot corners is one of the simplest ways to show desktop on your Mac. This will be useful especially you like the bottom right corner button in Windows to show desktop. Follow the below instructions to set hot corners:

  • Go to ‘Apple Menu > System Preferences…’.
  • Open ‘Desktop & Screen Saver’ button and go to ‘Screen Saver’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘Hot Corners…’ button as shown below:
Hot Corners Option
Hot Corners Option
  • On the next popup window, you will see four dropdown boxes.These dropdown boxes indicate the four corners of your Mac as shown in the center picture. Click on the lower right dropdown and choose the ‘Desktop’ option.
Set Hot Corners in Mac
Set Hot Corners in Mac
  • You can choose any of the dropdown and set other options like Mission Control, Dashboard, Notification Center, etc.
  • Click OK button.
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Now move you the cursor using trackpad or mouse to the lower right corner. You will see all the windows will slide and hide to show desktop screen of your Mac. Again move the cursor back on right corner to view all windows back. You can toggle show or hide desktop using the hot corners option.

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2. Fn + F11 or Simply F11

Generally F11 key on your Mac keyboard does the trick of hiding all the windows and show the desktop. But F11 key on most of the MacBook Pro’s keyboard will do reduce volume function. In that case, press ‘Fn + F11’ keys to show or hide the desktop in your MackBook. This is similar to ‘Win + D’ shortcut keys in Windows computer. You can always press the keys again to show all the hidden windows again or go back to the previous window on you are working.

3. Use Trackpad Gesture

Apple has all types of gestures to play around on the trackpad. If you are a finger specialist, use your thumb and three other fingers in diagonally opposite direction. This will slide all the open windows and show you the desktop. You can also use one finger from left hand and three fingers from right hand to do the gesture.

In order to enable this gesture, click on “Apple menu” and go to “System Preferences…” section. Click on the “Trackpad” and go to “More Gestures” tab. Enable the last “Show Desktop” option to view desktop by spreading thumb and three fingers.

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Show Desktop using Trackpad Gesture
Show Desktop using Trackpad Gesture

Use F3 to Access Additional Desktop

Mac allows you to have many virtual desktops to arrange your workflow, by default F3 is not meant for viewing desktop. F3 key on your Mac is used to show all the open applications which is basically called Mission Control in macOS. You can also press ‘command + spacebar’ to open Spotlight Search box. Type ‘mission control’ and hit enter. You will see all open applications similar to pressing F3. Although, F3 is used to choose any of the open apps, you can go to the other virtual desktops by selecting from the top. If you have multiple virtual desktops then this is an easy way to access other desktop screens. Remember, if you have open window on additional desktop then this will not minimize the windows. You can simply access additional desktop using F3 Mission Control.

View All Desktops in Mac Using F3
View All Desktops in Mac Using F3

Remember pressing F4 will open Launchpad to quickly access apps.

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