The “Show Desktop” icon is a big help if you have many programs or windows open and want to quickly get to your desktop. It should show up as the first icon in your quick launch toolbar next to the Start Button.


Sometimes after a crash or many other reasons the “Show Desktop” icon goes missing. First make sure the Quick Launch toolbar is on . Right click in an empty area of the Taskbar and choose Toolbar – Quick Launch


If the Quick Launch tool bar is on lets move to the next step.

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)


Click Ok to open Notepad then type in or copy and paste.



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.