Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. October 24, 2005
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Get to the Desktop Quickly
Over the past months, we have described several schemes that will allow you to get to the desktop quickly. As a number of readers have pointed out, you don't have to do anything special to get to the Windows NT Workstation 4.0 desktop if you use a keyboard with a Windows key. All you have to do is press Windows-M. This minimizes all the active windows and gets you to the blank desktop. We've mentioned this before, but we've had so much mail on the subject that we thought we should cover the topic again.
Note that this method minimizes all the active windows--it does not minimize dialog boxes. In fact, this is a good way to get back to open dialog boxes. Let's say that you have opened the Multimedia dialog box. Then you opened a Readme file for reference. You can get to the dialog box with Alt-Tab, but you can get there immediately with Windows-M.