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Bringing back the ‘show desktop’ shortcut in XP

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bring back show desktop icon shortcut in quick launchAccidentally deleted your Show Desktop Icon on the Taskbar ? Here is a way to get back the “Show Desktop” shortcut onto the Quick Launch Panel on the Taskbar in Windows XP :

  1. Open up notepad or a text editor.
  2. Copy-Paste the following lines of code into a new file[Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop

     

  3. Then, save the file as showdesk.scf and move it to some place like windows folder.
  4. Then, Create a Shortcut to the showdesk.scf file.
  5. Finally, just drag and drop the shortcut into your Quick Launch panel or  copy-paste it wherever you want it to be.
 
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33 responses to “Bringing back the ‘show desktop’ shortcut in XP”

  1. KAPIL says:

    GR8 JOB …… THANKS A LOT 4 HELP

  2. Jez says:

    this is helpful. thanks!

  3. Thanks! says:

    Wow! Great information!

    • islandantoinett says:

      Here is the 2nd half of the blog I just wrote you Thank you Antoinette

      Accidentally deleted your Show Desktop Icon on the Taskbar ? Here is a way to get back the “Show Desktop” shortcut onto the Quick Launch Panel on the Taskbar in Windows XP :

      1.Open up notepad or a text editor.
      2.Copy-Paste the following lines of code into a new file[Shell]
      Command=2
      IconFile=explorer.exe,3
      [Taskbar]
      Command=ToggleDesktop

      3.Then, save the file as showdesk.scf and move it to some place like windows folder.

      4.Then, Create a Shortcut to the showdesk.scf file.
      5.Finally, just drag and drop the shortcut into your Quick Launch panel or copy-paste it wherever you want it to be.

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  5. Jeanette Nelson says:

    Wow! This is great!

  6. ABBAS says:

    BROTHER THANKS SO MUCH I WAS USING FREINDS COMP AND THAT GOT DELEATED

    I THOUGHT HE WILL COME TO KNOW WHAT I DID . U RESCUED ME

  7. Nabish Paul says:

    It works…

  8. oyo says:

    ur a hero! haha

  9. Jay says:

    Awesome! This worked like a charm! Thanks a lot bud:)

  10. John in NC says:

    Worked like a charm. I had manually created a shortcut to the desktop, but it opened as a window of the desktop file not the XP "Desktop." You instructions worked like a charm. My comfort index is now back at a 10. Thank you!

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for the tip – any reason not to save the new file on the desktop and simply drag it to the taskbar?

    • Antoinett says:

      Aloha John I am writing you because you posted just 8 weeks ago to this blog about this topic and it worked for you.
      Thus I only have 2 questions about step 4 and step 5. Does it in fact MEAN the LOWER RIGHT hand task bar on the bottom of my computer (XP). when you talk about your quick launch panel???? I am trying to get a desktop icon in this lower right taskbar.
      Here is the post from a person named: "Bologuate" whose post you said "Worked like a charm. I had manually created a shortcut to the desktop, but it opened as a window of the desktop file not the XP "Desktop." You instructions worked like a charm. My comfort index is now back at a 10. Thank you! " I Thank you if you can please take the time to answer me: Here is the post: Whoops it is saying my text is too long. So I will send you the Log below/next. Antoinette

      Accidentally deleted your Show Desktop Icon on the Taskbar ? Here is a way to get back the “Show Desktop” shortcut onto the Quick Launch Panel on the Taskbar in Windows XP :

  11. VINOD JS says:

    Thank u lot..it really helps me and also thank u for ur kind service….

  12. aatif says:

    thanks buddy its really useful and helping

  13. rajesh says:

    thank you for the information.

  14. Mig says:

    Thanks … I've been trying to figure that one out for a while, such a great help.

  15. Destiny says:

    Thank you for the great share. It is very very usuful.

  16. Iain says:

    Works a treat, thanks

  17. Richie says:

    Thankyou so much. Many thanks

  18. ayub says:

    thanks for this helpful code,i restore my desktop icon into taskbar.

    thanks again.

  19. Swami says:

    Works and looks like new – thanks a million!

  20. vimal says:

    thanks. was very useful.

  21. I prefer 2.. says:

    i tried what u said but there is already one of those .scf files out there somewhere on my computer so i did what u said, put it on my desktop and dragged the file onto my taskbar(which created a shortcut to the .scf on my desktop) then i deleted the .scf file on my desktop so the shortcut had nowhere to go to.. so it would search for the original file that is there when you install windows.. and it worked :D.. but major thanks to thinkDJ for i could not have ever figured this out on my own :S.

  22. Karthick says:

    thats is awesome,thanks dude

  23. Jacob says:

    Fantastic information! Thank you very much!

  24. Thanks... says:

    Thanks a lot man. that was really helpful!

  25. Pamela says:

    Thanks a lot, NICE!

  26. fahad says:

    hi,

    highly obliged for your support.thank you very much.

  27. Resurrection says:

    Thanks a lot "thinkdj", I can live a much easier life now 🙂

  28. Steve says:

    thankyuou..

  29. thinkdj says:

    You're welcome Murali 🙂

  30. Murali says:

    An useful one. Deleted by mistake sometime back and have not tried recreating it. I have done it now. Thank you.

 
 

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