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Is it possible to minimize a window using Alt+Tab on Windows? On a Mac, when using Alt+Tab and a window is selected, I can hit the H key to hide a window, so I was wondering if I could do the same on Windows somehow (I'm on a Mac right now so I can't test every key combination if I wanted to, anyway).

On a side note, are there any other keyboard shortcuts that are available while using Alt+Tab that can help hide windows?

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Windows Key + Down Arrow does what you want. – Ramhound Apr 15 '13 at 19:03
Excellent thanks, I was looking online as well for a solution but couldn't find one. I'll try this out when I can. – Gary Apr 15 '13 at 19:11
As far as I know, Alt+Tab does not allow minimizing windows. On the other hand, if you press Ctrl+Alt+Tab, it will show the regular Alt+Tab switcher which stays on screen when you release the keys. Then you can use arrow keys to select a window, and press Enter to switch to it. Yet other key presses return you to the previously active window. – Alexey Ivanov Apr 16 '13 at 14:08
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For Windows 7

  • Hit Alt+Space (Display the System menu for the active window) and then choose minimize with and arrows or if you have enabled the underline letter option you can just hit the underline letter and the window will minimize.

  • Win+D will hide all the windows so you can see the Desktop, hit it again and the windows show up again.

  • Win+M will minimize all the Windows and Win+Shift+M will maximize them again.

  • Win+ will minimize (hit twice) the window, to bring it back hit Alt+Tab and choose the windows you minimized.

  • Win+Pos1 look bellow in the comments

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Win + Home will minimize all windows but the active one. – Alexey Ivanov Apr 16 '13 at 14:04
nice, now i have learned something new! – Devid Apr 16 '13 at 22:13
Underlined letters always work, even if the underline is hidden. To minimize the active window, you can press Alt+Space and then press n if your system language is English (and the current keyboard layout has n). If you click the window icon or right-click window title to display the menu, the underline is hidden but pressing n still minimizes the window. – Alexey Ivanov Apr 17 '13 at 5:48

You can switch between windows by simpliy pressing Alt+Tab. (If its only one window open this might not work). If you are trying to go to the desktop you can just press windows button +D (Win + D)

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