Missing Show Desktop Icon in Windows XP

In Windows XP, my “Show Desktop” icon down in the taskbar disappeared. How do I get it back?

I get questions on this all the time. it even happened to someone here at WorldStart HQ. “Show Desktop” is not a normal program and you can’t just make a shortcut or reactivate it in a normal way.

What you’ll need to do is create a file in Notepad and save it to where Show Desktop should be.

Go to Start/Run and type in “notepad” (without the quotes) then type in these lines:


Next, save the file with the name “Show Desktop.scf” in the folder

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\ Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ Quick Launch

Your actual user account name goes where it says “username“.

The Show Desktop icon should reappear next to your Start button and you can close out Notepad.


~ David

P.S. Of course you could use Win Key+D to close all windows and take you to your desktop.

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