Get Windows 7 “Show Desktop” Taskbar Icon in Windows XP and Windows Vista

Windows 7 shows a small rectangle at the end of Taskbar which works like good old "Show Desktop" shortcut. When you click on it, it minimizes all running windows so that you can work on Desktop.

Its new in Windows 7 and Windows XP and Vista users have to use 3rd party themes to get this rectangle but unfortunately the rectangle in such themes is a fake one and doesn't provide any functionality.

But no no need to use fake one when you can get a working one. Today we are going to share a very small portable utility which sits in system tray and shows Windows 7 look-like "Show Desktop" rectangle at the end of Taskbar:

As you can see in the above screenshot, it looks almost same as Windows 7.

If you change Windows theme, you'll need to refresh the rectangle image. You can do that by right-clicking on its system tray icon (Windows flag) and selecting "Refresh Image" option.

Its very small utility and doesn't need to install. Simply run EXE file and enjoy it.

You can download it using following link:

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  • Yeah, it's not working for me either.

    It downloaded fine as a .zip and I opened it in WinRAR with no problems but when I attempted to run the application I got a Error notification that said:

    "To run this application, you first must install one of the following versions of the .NET Framework:
    Contact your application publisher for instructions about obtaining the appropriate version of the .NET Framework"

    I'm going to attempt to open it with B1 Archiver and see if that works...

  • VG

    ^^ You'll need to install .NET Framework to be able to run this app:

  • Thanks VG!

    I have that installed now and I'm going to try it!


    Thanks for the help! I'll keep you posted, it should work now.

  • Works great now! The installation was really quick, by the way, which is awesome!

    This is a definite help when I'm illustrating things since I don't have to minimize/exit out of the screen to save a reference pic to the desktop.

    Thanks for the help!

  • I have got an error
    The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.
    Help plzzzzzzz

  • 2/6/2015 10:15 am

    I have got the same error as Usama
    "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application".

    Win XP Pro sp2

    Don't think I have NET installed....

    Thanks for any HELP

  • Thanks so much for this app! It's perfect for Win XP

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