Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar

How to re-create the Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP

If the Show Desktop icon is missing from the
Quick Launch bar you may have found it difficult to recreate.



Click Start > Run...



Type regsvr32 /n /i:U shell32 into the Open: textbox.
Click the OK button.



The Show Desktop icon should now be displayed on the
Quick Launch bar.

Note: You may need to reboot for the icon to reappear.


Re-create the icon another way if the top method does not work

  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:
  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.

Information for advanced users

The Quick Launch toolbar uses the files in the following folder:

%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

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