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I ran by mistake into a key combination of Windows+Home on Windows 7 and I'm not quite sure what it is supposed to do. Does anybody know?

It looks like it minimizes the last window I had open prior to the current focused window, but I'm not 100% sure of that.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

I just tried Windows+End on my Windows 7 system and nothing happened. However when you press Windows+Home it minimizes all but the active window (this is a keyboard equivalent of the "Aero Shake" gesture) - all windows except for the active window are minimized, and doing it again restores them.

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What is a "Shake" gesture? – RonK May 24 '11 at 5:41
@nhinkle - Thanks, first time I encounter this feature - I'm more of a Keyboard fan :) – RonK May 24 '11 at 6:34
@RonK the shake gesture is where you get hold of the active windows toolbar and shake it side to side, this will minimize all windows but the one you are active on. – Sandeep Bansal May 24 '11 at 18:32

Interesting. On mine it does nothing. Windows + Home, however minimizes all open windows except the currently focused one. Pressing it again restores them.

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+1 because your last name is awesome. – Mehrdad May 24 '11 at 5:09

It minimizes all windows except the currently active one.

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Wrong. It's definitely build into Windows, and is the equivalent of Aero Shake. – nhinkle May 24 '11 at 6:04
@nhinkle - the answer was posted before editing the question, at that time I stated the question was about Windows+End, and not Windows+Home – RonK May 24 '11 at 6:36
@RonK, that makes sense I suppose, but if the answer no longer applies, then it should be deleted. – nhinkle May 24 '11 at 7:03
@nhinkle, impatient much? I posted this last night. Sheesh; could have waited with the down-vote a bit. :roll: – Synetech May 24 '11 at 18:25
@Synetechinc that's how it works - if something is wrong, you downvote it. Now that you edited your answer to be correct, I've removed the downvote. – nhinkle May 24 '11 at 18:56

When hit once, it minimizes all non-active (i.e. background) windows.

When hit again, it the restores the windows back to their original state.

Given that user's typically have a lot of applications open in their GUI environment, this is designed to allow users to focus on one application at a time - if they so desire.

Of course, newbies who would benefit from this feature are least likely to know of it's existence :) !

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