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How to restore the missing Show Desktop icon in your Toolbar

The Show Desktop Icon is not a standard program shortcut but a Windows explorer command file written in plain text.If you have accidently deleted the Show Desktop Icons, here are the steps involved to recreate it:Step 1: Open a new notepad file and type the following text:


Step 2: Save this file as “Show Desktop.scf” and remember that when you save the notepad file, keep the filetype under “all files” and not “.txt” type.

Step 3: 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.

Alternatively, you can press the Win+D shortcut key for Show Desktop. It’s much the same as Win+M which will minimize all the open windows to the task bar.

Windows that don’t have a minimize button are minimized using Win+D but not with Win+M. That’s the only difference.

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Ajit Gaddam is an accomplished technology executive and is currently the Head of Security Engineering at Visa, where he is responsible for building large scale AI driven cybersecurity products, leading engineering programs, and providing expert guidance on cybersecurity matters. He has presented at conferences worldwide, including USENIX Enigma, RSA, Black Hat, Strata Data Hadoop, COSO Dublin, and GCS Ukraine. Ajit has been quoted by major media organizations and his work has been showcased in academic journals, security publications, and in two published books. He is an active participant in various open source and standards bodies, is a prolific inventor of disruptive technologies (over 100+ global patents), and moonlights as an instructor (SANS, community colleges).

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