I have lost "show desktop" icon

  Colt45 14:31 24 Mar 2009

I have lost the "go to desktop" Icon in the quick launch tray. It is very handy to have when I have several windows open. Where can I find it so that I can replace it?


  Clapton is God 15:05 24 Mar 2009

Assuming XP, to the right of the quick launch tool bar there's usually a small white arrow.

If so, click on it and you'll see additional quick launch icons available.

One of them may be the 'Show Desktop'.

If so, drag it down into the quick launch tool bar.

Alternatively, drag the sides of the quick launch tool bar to expand it and see them all.

  Colt45 16:55 24 Mar 2009

Sorry, I did not explain myself clearly. This Icon has mistakenly been deleted.

  Clapton is God 16:59 24 Mar 2009

System Restore?

  ravingdave 17:03 24 Mar 2009

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.

  ravingdave 17:14 24 Mar 2009

...and a couple of alternative methods which don't need the icon:

1)Press the Windows logo key+D on your keyboard.

2)Right-click the Windows taskbar, and then click Show the Desktop or click Show Open Windows.

  Colt45 12:07 25 Mar 2009

Thanks a lot lads, I have now three ways of doing it. Keep up the good work

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