Quickly show the original desktop in Windows

I use this ShowDesktop feature all the time in Windows 7. Thankfully, it’s still there in Windows 10.

Do you know that there is a neat feature called “Show Desktop” in Windows? I use it all the time to quickly access an icon on the desktop even if my screen is choke-full of running applications.

This feature has been there since Windows XP. But somehow, I never noticed it there. It became more prominent in Windows Vista where I discovered it for the first time. Since then, I can’t live without it.

Naturally, when I logged on to Windows 7 for the first time, I thought it has been done away with. But I knew it had to exist. I did a search and found it. It’s so subtle that new users may not even know that such a feature exists.

Here is a picture that shows you where to find it in Windows 7.

Show Desktop button in Windows 7
Show Desktop button in Windows 7

The Show Desktop button is placed on the right of the task bar. To see how it works, run a few programs so that your desktop is no longer visible. Then click on the Show Desktop button and you will see the original desktop again so that you can click on another shortcut icon.

A related feature, Peek at desktop

Another good thing to know about is the Peek at Desktop feature. In Windows 7, when you move the mouse over the Show Desktop button, it lets you peek at the desktop without actually switching to it. A peek means you see the desktop momentarily beneath all application windows that are running. In Windows 10, this feature is switched off by default because this does not make sense in a “touch” interface where there is nothing like a mouse hover action. To get this feature, you need to switch it ON on the menu that comes up on the Show Desktop button.

Try a Text Based Calendar for Windows where you can enter Rich Text notes for days, weeks and months

To use this Calendar File, you need to download and use WhizFolders Notes Software from WhizFolders.com. You can use this calendar file as a daily notes diary or as a journal with easy links to jump to any other day, week or month easily to review your diary.

If you are already using an older calendar file with WhizFolders, you can straightaway download the new year 2018 calendar file from the link given at the end.

The hyperlinking features of WhizFolders can be put to good use in a calendar (or events) file where in addition to quickly going to a date’s page, you can go forward, backward by days, weeks, months. You can download such a calendar file for the current year by a download link at the end of this article.

Many uses of this file: You can use this WhizFolder file as a calendar, diary, journal, events, tasks or for any free format note taking related to dates. Further, you can use it with any WhizFolders edition (even the trial edition). You can feel the power of WhizFolders hyperlinks and free format concept when you start using it. Please look at the tips in the “How to use” topic at the top of the file.

Here is an example of how a calendar file works:

Download: You can download the latest year file from the following link.