On the Mac, or MacBook, you can run the Desktop (in Apple lingo, a Desk, called) via keyboard shortcuts. This is especially useful if you have many open documents or window.
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To the Desk and to bring all open Windows to the side, you can use two different key combinations:
- The keyboard shortcut "cmd" + "Exposé" (F3) pushes all of the open documents over the edge of the Display so that you see only the Desktop. Press the combination again, come back all the Windows and you see the one that was last in the foreground.
- With the key combination fn +volume up (F11) you can achieve the same result.
Tip: in Mac OS X, you can access the Desktop via the so-called "active corners" quickly. Which corner does this what, you configure the system settings.
The manual refers to a MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2012 with OS X 10.8.3.