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How to Apply 'Show Desktop' to Current Monitor Only?

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The "Show Desktop" button is located at the bottom right of the screen and is indicated by the line that separates it from the system tray. You can also trigger "Show desktop" with the Windows logo key + D key combination.

If you're using multiple monitors, the "show desktop" shortcut (Win+D) is probably upsetting you too. The problem is that when we use the "Show Desktop" shortcut, all windows on all our screens are minimized.

After some research on the Internet, I discovered an application. Thanks to the "Dual Monitor Tools" application, we can assign a special "Show Desktop" shortcut for the primary monitor. Moreover, it's a free program.

I use it on Windows 10, I don't know if it works on other operating systems (Windows 7, Windows 8).

Follow these steps:

  • Firstly, download&install the Dual Monitor Tools application.
  • Launch it.
  • Go to the Options. You can also access the Options menu by right-clicking the DMT icon in the system tray at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Click on the "Other Windows" under the Swap Screen tab.
  • Now, you can assign key combinations to "Show desktop 1" and "Show desktop 2". Just click on the Change button and choose what you want.
Dual Monitor Tools

For example when you press the Win+Num1 keys, it will only minimize the windows on the main monitor. If you press the Win+Num2, it will only minimize the windows on the second display.

Additionally, if you want the application to run continuously, make sure "Start when Windows starts" is checked on the Dual Monitor Tools > General tab.

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