Windows – What’s the difference between the “Win-D” and “Win-M” shortcuts

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I was wondering in what situation will we see a difference between Win+D and Win+M ?

This thread claims that the former does a "show desktop" while the latter does a "minimize all" (but of course there's no difference between those two),

Whereas this thread talks about stuff like wm_minimize message..

Now I was wondering what's the real difference between them?

Why have two shortcuts that do the same thing?

Best Answer

"Minimize All" sends a minimize command to all windows. However, some windows don't support the minimize command, and will thus still be visible. In those cases, "Show Desktop" will get you to the desktop. Note that the windows that don't support minimizing are still there, unminimized, they just become invisible.