Show desktop missing in Quick Launch

If you have accidentally deleted the show desktop icon in your quick launch toolbar, then you can restore it from the following place:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Where C:\ is your Windows drive.
If unfortunately, you can’t find the quick launch file from the above location, then you can create the shortcut yourself again. But it is a special type of shortcut whose method of creation is also different. I am reproducing the method of creating quick launch toolbar shortcut from Microsoft site here.

1. Click Start , click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.

2. In Notepad, type the following text on individual lines:

[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.

 

Note Notepad might automatically append a .txt extension to the file name. Remove this extension if present. The file name should be Show Desktop.scf.

The file must now be moved to the correct folder in the user profile to appear in the Quick Launch toolbar. To manually do this, use one of the following methods.

Method 1

1. Use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf icon to the Quick Launch toolbar or another location where you want the shortcut to appear.

2. Click Move Here.

Method 2

1. Use Windows Explorer to locate the following folders:

 

Microsoft Windows 95 and Microsoft Windows 98

Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

 

Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Microsoft Windows XP

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

 

Note Username refers to the account name where you want to put the icon.

2. Use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf file to the Quick Launch folder.

3. Click Move Here.

6 thoughts on “Show desktop missing in Quick Launch”

  1. on windows 7
    On a vacuum of the Desktop, click-right, to select New, then Shortened In the place of the element, to copy to stick %SystemRoot% \explorer.exe %APPDATA% \Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk may click on Following to Type Desktop for the name of the shortcut and to click Finish click-right on the new icon Desktop and to select Properties In the Shortened tab, to click to Change icon In the frame to Look for icons in this file, to copy to stick %SystemRoot% \system32\imageres.dll and to click on OK.
    To select the icon of it Desktop and to validate by OK In the Properties, the new icon appears. To click to Apply The new shortcut Desktop is created.
    Of a click-right on this shortcut , to click to Pin in the Taskbar and we can position it where you want

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