I accidentally deleted the “Show Desktop” button on my work desktop and was surprised to realize that it’s not really straightforward to bring that icon back. I began to blame my quick and clumsy hands for deleting the icon. However, knowing fully well that blaming anything won’t help solve the problem, I quickly fired up the search engine to find the solution. So here’s the steps.

  1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Carefully copy and then paste the following text into the Notepad window:
    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop
  3. 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.
  4. Click and then drag the Show desktop icon to your Quick Launch toolbar.

Simple, eh? And in case you wonder, yes, we still use Windows XP on our development environment. Some groups in the company already moved to Windows 7, especially those who are in sales and customer care.

Source:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/190355#LetMeFixItMyselfAlways

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