Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Restore 'Show Desktop' Icon in your Quick Launch Taskbar

If the 'Show Desktop' icon is deleted from Quick Launch, using any of these procedure below will recreate the file.

Method 1: Manually re-create the Show Desktop icon

Click Start, Run, and type Notepad.exe. Copy the following contents to Notepad.
Save the file as "Show Desktop.scf" (with quotes, in order to prevent Notepad from appending .txt extension). Now, drag the file to the Quick Launch Toolbar.

Method 2: Using the Regsvr32 command

Click Start, Run and type the following command:
regsvr32 /n /i:U shell32.dll
The Show Desktop icon file should be available now.

Method 3: Copy the file from another user account

Every user account will have a copy of Show Desktop.scf file. Search for the file named Show Desktop.scf in your computer by logging in as administrator. Copy it to your user profile path here:
%Appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
(Type the above path in Start, Run dialog)

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