Do you remember the “Show Desktop icon” that was on the taskbar in Windows XP and it allowed you to go to your Desktop with single click? Show Desktop icon make it easy for accessing the desktop while working on some other open window. On clicking on the icon, the window got minimized and the desktop appeared for easy access to the user.
However, Microsoft’s Windows 7 and 8 comes without “Show Desktop” icon in task bar. But If you love to Show the Desktop directly while using any program and without minimize each window manually, here is a cool tweak. You can easily create a show desktop shortcut and place it anywhere you'd like.
To re-create the Show desktop icon yourself, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, type notepad in the Open box, and then click OK.
- Carefully copy and then paste the following text into the Notepad window:
- On the File menu, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop as "Show desktop.scf". The Show desktop icon is created on your desktop.
- Click and then drag the Show desktop icon to your Quick Launch toolbar.
If you want to customize the icon and use your own Icon instead of using the Windows default –
Right click on the new Show Desktop shortcut, and click on Properties.
In this window, click the “Change icon” button and select the new icon.
Now you can easily access your desktop while working in any open window by simply clicking on the Show Desktop icon in the taskbar.
Alternatives to using the Show desktop icon:
To quickly show the desktop or open windows without using the Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar, you can use one of the following methods:
Press the Windows+D on your keyboard.
Right-click the Windows taskbar, and then click Show the Desktop or click Show Open Windows.