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Windows 7: Creating a Show Desktop Script for keyboard Hotkey.

20 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Creating a Show Desktop Script for keyboard Hotkey.


(firstly i wasnt too sure where to put this post, so if a moderators reading this - feel free to move it.)

Okay so ive just got a Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110, and the keyboard (like most moderately priced keyboards) has numerous 'hot-keys' (like music controls, email button, internet button, calc button etc.)

On the side of my keyboard is two hot keys, a 'back' button and a 'close window' button. Now in the Logitech SetPoint software it is possible to customize this buttons function. So i want to make it a 'show desktop' button.

Here's the problem, the SetPoint software is a bit restricted and gives me these (function) choices:
  • Default Task (in this case, close window)
  • Open Web Page
  • Launch Program
  • Open File
  • Open Folder
  • Show Custom Menu
  • Keystroke Assignment
  • Do Nothing
So, first of all i tried Keystroke Assignment. Well that would work, just there is only one keyboard short cut i know to show desktop (windows key & D). But this program only takes short cuts that use alpha-numeric keys, Alt or CTRL keys (or in comination, like CTRL+ALT+R) - not the windows key.

So heres my first question: Are there any OTHER keyboard shortcuts to show the desktop? Can i make a new keyboard shortcut?

But before i started asking that question i thought well ill try 'Open Program'. Found on the Microsoft website the script for Show Dekstop.scf, got that all ready. Targeted the file in SetPoint, no it doesnt work - SetPoint's 'Open Program' only works with executables (exe).

So i tried, open file - with the same file, nope - the computer does nothing when that happens.

So let me summarise:

  1. Is there an alternative shortcut to Win+D?
    If not, is there a way of me making a new shortcut (side note, without using a third party program like HotKeyz - coz it doesnt work that way either).
  2. Is there an executable script that will show desktop. And i'd need it to be a background sort of script, it'd be curde if everytime i pressed the button up came the cmd box.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Dan,

You could download or create the "Show Desktop" shortcut from the link below, then save it somewhere and assign the keyboard hot-key button to open it when pressed.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 32bit

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