Re: Windows key plus M suddenly stopped working

Brad Snyder

The “Show Desktop” button can be accessed via keyboard by tabbing through the desktop items.
For example, use Windows + B to access the Notification area, and then press the Tab key.  From the Desktop, one can press Shift + Tab, and you will get there.
From anywhere on the Desktop, one can repeatably press Tab and move clockwise through the desktop and taskbar items.  Conversely, one can repeatably press Shift + Tab and move counter-clockwise through the same.


- Brad -

On Feb 6, 2019, at 22:07, Brian Vogel <britechguy@...> wrote:

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 09:49 PM, Gene wrote:
How does a sighted mouse user return to the desktop?  Is the desktop, or an icon, always visible?
I'll just reiterate what Brad has already mentioned, that there is a very thin, almost invisible button at the far right of the taskbar, to the right of the clock/calendar, that NVDA announces as "Show Desktop" but ONLY if you mouse hover over it.  I cannot get to it by using WinKey+B and right arrowing.

It's interesting, but most sighted users get back to the desktop using what has to be the slowest and least elegant way:  minimizing their open windows one by one.  It's not that everyone does this, but I see it far more often than using WinKey+D, WinKey+M, or the Show Desktop button.  Point and click is not always anywhere near to the quickest or easiest way to accomplish something, but it's the one thing that every sighted Windows user knows and knows very, very well.  Those of us who are old school, meaning having used Windows since there was a Windows, often know more keyboard shortcuts, but even then that's not reliably so.

Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809, Build 17763  

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

          ~ Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back


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