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I'm looking for a way to use a keyboard shortcut to minimize all the windows on the monitor that currently has my mouse on it. I found this page: http://vbcity.com/forums/t/163339.aspx but that appears to be hardcoded to minimize windows on a specific monitor, rather than the active monitor. Plus, I have no idea how to compile that code (not a VB coder). Anybody know a way that I can make this happen? I'm on Windows 7 ultimate, 3 monitors.

  • Have you already tried "Windows Key + D" which is the shortcut to show desktop? I do not have multiple monitors at the moment, that might minimize all windows across desktops. Is it important to just do it on only 1 monitor? – Eric G Oct 19 '11 at 18:35
  • Yeah, I use Windows+D all the time, but when I'm working, I often want to minimize a single monitor so I can get to my desktop files on that monitor. I have virtual machines running all the time, so it's unhelpful to have those disappear when I'm just trying to get to some files. – Jake Oct 19 '11 at 18:47
  • I took that code and starting working on a sample application to do what you want, though it appears to be a bit quirkly because it's finding windows by process instead of by active window. I'll have to play around with it a bit more. – Chris Thompson Oct 19 '11 at 21:18
  • Awesome! Post it as an answer if/when you finish! – Jake Oct 20 '11 at 4:14
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Under Windows 7, here is the list of the keyboard shortcuts that manage multiple windows :

Win+d
Minimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous state

Win+m
Minimize all windows on all Monitors.

Win+Shift+m
Restore previously minimized windows on current Monitor

Win+Home
Set all windows to Minimized on current Monitor except active

Win+Space
Preview Desktop / make windows transparent (May not work with all Settings)

Source : 127 useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7.

The OP notes that Actual Multiple Monitors has an option for "Minimize All command affects only the monitor with mouse".

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    On my Win7, Win+m is minimizing all windows on all monitors – csauve Apr 27 '12 at 19:06
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    They all work, except remove the text for all shortcuts that say "on current monitor" - they all affect all monitors – csauve Apr 27 '12 at 20:15
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    Nope, not that. I just tested with Win7 Ult on VirtualBox, still nothing... – Bob Apr 30 '12 at 10:58
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    Official answer: Turns out it is Actual Multiple Monitors. It has an option called "Minimize All only affects monitor with mouse". @harrymc would you mind updating the main answer with this information so anyone else who finds it will know? – Jake May 6 '12 at 13:22
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    Done as asked . – harrymc May 6 '12 at 17:20
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The other answer, although superior, is not as fun as mine. Take one active window and shake it. All other windows will be minimized. Then minimize that window

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    I believe this minimizes all windows, not just those on the active screen. – Jake Jan 7 '16 at 1:25
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I found another way to resolve this problem. I write autohotkey script to make all program minimize except some program. I often move Xshell and git command to another monitor, so I make them maximize again. The script like following, hope can help you.

#d::get()
get(){
    WinMinimizeAll
    WinGet, active_id, ID, ahk_exe Xshell.exe
    WinMaximize, ahk_id %active_id%

    WinGet, active_id, ID, ahk_exe mintty.exe
    WinMaximize, ahk_id %active_id%
}

You can replace "Xshell.exe" and "mintyy.exe" with another program and move them to another monitor then press Win+d to make all program minimize exclude you specified. How to run autohotkey you can click here.

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