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Programmatically Minimize All Windows ("ShowDesktop"), Minimize/Restore windows?

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a)      How to programmatically, using API functions, minimize all windows and show desktop, i.e. to simulate effect of pressing Win+M
b)      How to programmatically, using API functions, toggle between states when all windows are minimized and desktop shown and then toggled and all windows restored to their previous states and positions, i.e. to simulate effect of pressing Win+D

REMARK: obviously, I don’t want to do this by simulating pressing of the Win+M or Win+D key combination (for instance using keybd_event or similar function); I need a more elegant method to do it directly, using API…
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Question by:npaun
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by:Montoya
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Is scripting an option for you? As in using AutoIT to write a script that meets your criteria?
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by:npaun
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no, AutoIT script would not be an option...
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Private Declare Sub keybd_event Lib "user32.dll" (ByVal bVk As Byte, ByVal bScan As Byte, ByVal dwFlags As Long, ByVal dwExtraInfo As Long)
Private Declare Function MapVirtualKey Lib "user32" Alias "MapVirtualKeyA" (ByVal wCode As Long, ByVal wMapType As Long) As Long
    Const VK_LWIN = 91
    Const VK_STARTKEY = &H5B '=91
    Const VK_D = &H44 'D
'***********************************************************************
Private Sub sendWinD()


    keybd_event VK_LWIN, 0, 0, 0                   'press winKey
    keybd_event VK_D, MapVirtualKey(VK_D, 0), 0, 0    'press 'D'
    DoEvents   'gives Windows some time to show the Desktop hwnd
   
    keybd_event VK_D, MapVirtualKey(VK_D, 0), 2, 0   'release 'D'
    DoEvents   'gives the Alt-Tab DialogWindow some time to load
    keybd_event VK_LWIN, 0, 2, 0                '2=release winKey

End Sub
'**********************************************************************

'sample :
Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
    Call sendWinD
End Sub

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by:npaun
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@vb_elmar
Thank you for the post
As I said in the problem, for my purposes, any synthesizing of Win+M/Win+D is not an option... I need a way to to do it more directly, presumably using API, without using these keyboard shortcuts...
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Chris Watson earned 500 total points
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Hi npaun,

Try this:

Dim Shell As Object

Set Shell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

Shell.ToggleDesktop()

Set Shell = Nothing

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by:npaun
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@Chris Watson
Thanks, this works like a charm:)
Now, after I got idea where to look, after quick googling, I've found that Shell object also have MinimizeAll method which elegantly solves my other problem :)

I was expecting some solution based on API, but this is very compact and elegant, so I will stick with this. Thanks!
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