December 1, 2020

Restore Show Desktop Icon to the Quick Launch toolbar

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I recently had a friend who was messing around with his desktop and accidentally deleted the Show Desktop icon from his quick launch toolbar. This useful little icon minimizes all open windows so you can get to your desktop quickly. It is not really a application but instead a script that causes all that minimizing goodness.

To restore the scirpt and icon do the following:

  1. Open Wordpad and copy in the following text:[Shell]
  2. Now save the file in the following location:%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\InternetExplorer\Quick Launchand with the name Show Destop.scfNote: The %UserProfile% is a variable that designates where the users profile resides. For most this will be C:\Users\username but if you want to know for sure go to a command prompt and use the set userprofile command which will return the correct path.

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