Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. October 11, 2004
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Ever wonder if there's an easy way to close all open windows? If so, check this out. Let's say you double-click My Computer to open it. Now double-click the drive C icon to open it. Then you double-click one of the folders in drive C to open it.
Now hold down Shift and click the last window's close box. All the windows you just opened will close. This includes My Computer. Any other open windows that are not related to My Computer will not close.
You can also right-click the taskbar and choose Minimize All Windows.
This doesn't close them, but it does get them off your desktop and out of the way.
If you use a keyboard that includes the Windows key, you can press Windows-M to minimize all the open windows. Just as with the taskbar, this doesn't close any windows--it just minimizes them.