How to Restore “Show Desktop” Shortcut Icon in Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows?

Most of the times most of the people make this mistake when they delete the "Show Desktop" icon from Quick Launch toolbar either accidentally or intentionally. After some time they might want to restore this useful icon which helps in minimizing all opened windows in a single go. Although you can do the same thing using keyboard shortcut key "Win+D" or "Win+M".


So in this tutorial, we'll tell you 2 ways to restore "Show Desktop" icon in Quick Launch toolbar:


1. Paste following code in Notepad and save the file with name "Show Desktop.scf" (including quotes):


2. Now you have to copy this new file and paste in "Quick Launch" toolbar. You can do it in 2 ways:

a. Drag-n-drop the new file to Quick Launch toolbar.

b. Type "%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Quick Launch folder. Paste the file in this folder.


1. Open RUN dialog box and provide following command:

regsvr32 /n /i:U shell32.dll

2. It'll restore the Show Desktop icon in Quick Launch toolbar. You might need to restart your system to take effect.

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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  • Method 2 work for me. No need to restart the system. Just disable and enable Quick Launch work. Thanks.

  • You are brilliant. Thanks

  • The second option just said Windows cannot find 'regsvr' try again etc

  • How do I recover my accidently deleted short-cut software on my PC, I have windows XP?

  • Method 1 worked great


  • Thanks! This really worked!

  • guru thx mate - method 1 easy done .......the others all made it seem more scary thx again :::)))

  • Great! It worked for me; simple and straight forward. Thanx!

  • I accidently deleted the short-cut
    tqvm! so easy to do and its worked. :)

  • my shortcut program as been delete by mistake would you please restore it

  • Thanks!You are brilliant.

  • what is the quick launch

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