The show desktop icon is an extremely useful
tool. It makes it easy to get to the desktop
when you have other windows open. However,
unlike ordinary program shortcuts, if it
disappears, it is not immediately obvious how to
resurrect it back to the quick launch bar. Below
you will find the instructions on how to do just
- Click the Start
- Next Click All Programs.
- From the All programs
menu click Accessories.
- From the Accessories
drop down men click on NotePad.
- In NotePad type the
[ Shell ]
[ Taskbar ]
- Save the file as
'Show desktop.scf' (without
the quotes) to My Documents
- Finally Drag the
resulting Icon from My Documents
to the Quick Launch Bar.
If the above fix does not work then try the
following fix supplied by Steve Diamond:
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Click Tools on the
main toolbar and the click Folder
- Next click the File Types
- In the file types window click the
- The Create New Extension
dialogue box now appears.
- In the dialogue box type: SCF
- This file now need to be associated with
the Windows Explorer Command.
To do this click the Advanced
button on the Create New
Extension dialogue box.
- An Associated File Type
dialogue box will now appear.
- Click the arrow to
the right of this dialogue
- A large list of file types will now
- Scroll down the list and highlight Windows Explorer Command
then click OK .
- Finally Close the
Folder Options Properties
- Your Show Desktop Icon should now be working.