Quickly minimize & maximize all open windows, or inactive windows only

Keyboard shortcuts are quite useful and make you work faster and more efficiently. There are several hotkeys or keyboard shortcut combinations which carry out different functions on your Windows 10/8/7 computer.

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Minimize all open windows

Most Windows users know that, if you wish to suddenly minimize all your open windows, you can simply click on Win+M keys. Once you do that, all your open windows will get minimized to the taskbar.

To restore the windows back, you will have to press Win+Shift+M. But when you minimize all open windows using this keyboard shortcut, now when you right-click on the taskbar, you will see a new context menu entry Undo minimize all windows.

Clicking on Undo minimize all windows will also maximize all the windows again.

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Minimize inactive windows

However if you want to only minimize your inactive windows, you can press instead the Win+Home key combo. You will find that all except your active windows will get minimized to the taskbar.

To restore the windows, just press Win+Home combo again.

Yet another small but handy tip for Windows users to know!

Go here if you need to close all open windows and applications in one click.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Arun Kumar

    Nice tip. Thanks for sharing. I prefer to keep only one window maximized at a time. I noticed that some applications, if running maximized, take up more memory space even if they are not active/focused.

  2. Nigel

    how do I maximize an inactive winow?

  3. I’ve been wondering what I accidentally hit to make all my windows **suddenly** go away, and now I know how to make them come back!

    Thank you!

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