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The Secret Guide To Place The “Show Desktop” Icon In Windows 7 & 8 Taskbar

July 09, 2015


Do you remember the “Show Desktop icon” that was on the taskbaShow_Desktop_Iconr 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:


[Shell]

Command=2

IconFile=explShow_Desktop_Iconorer.exe,3

[Taskbar]

Command=ToggleDesktop




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.