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I have a dual monitor setup, I also like to use the Windows + D keyboard shortcut to bring the desktop into view. When I use this shortcut the windows open in both monitors minimize and the desktop is shown.

Is there any way to have only the active monitor show the desktop and have the other window keep all its windows as they were?

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Try right clicking on the start bar at the bottom and clicking show the desktop. Not sure if that is the same as win+D –  soandos Sep 12 '11 at 17:24
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@soandos - It is. –  Shinrai Sep 12 '11 at 17:53
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If you have UltraMon you can easily do this with a Hotkey. In the Options menu simply go to the Hotkey tab and scroll down to the option Show the desktop on monitor with mouse and assign any key combo that you'd like.

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It is possible for free. Swap Screen is very simple program to do that. You have to define other shortcut than win+d, but I still find it convinient enough. For example I have binded shift+win+d to show desktop 1, ctrl+win+d to show desktop 2.

Additionally, this program have some other neat features, like shortcut to move windows to another monitor, sticky cursor and others. Swap Screen is a part of DualMonitorTools, free set of tools for multiple monitors that can provide even more functionality.

Here is the screen:

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I don't believe there is a built-in way to do what you ask. The best tools for managing multiple monitors appears to be UltraMon and DisplayFusion. They are not free, but a quick look through the features and it appears DisplayFusion may do what you are looking for.

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