For years I've had a small program running at startup on my Windows 7 based PC. It would convert the icons and text on my Win7 desktop to what look likes the list view in Windows Explorer, allowing me access to dozens of frequently used shortcuts, files and folders there without consuming much real estate or requiring flipping between my applications and my desktop view.
My internal IT team was kind enough to upgrade my laptop recently and I was happy to find Windows 10 now has this feature built in.
To emulate my old experience, while your desktop has the focus, press Ctrl Shift 5.
If you'd like additional detail, Ctrl Shift 6 changes the view what appears to be the Explorer Details view.
It seems Ctrl Shift 0 through 9 may provide easy switching between various views.
Cool. Thanks Windows 10.