Tip: How to place the “Show Desktop” icon in Windows 8 taskbar.

In the new Windows 8 Desktop mode, you can still find the “Show Desktop” function at the lower right end of the taskbar (click at the blank area to the right of the clock/date area) to minimize your all open windows and get to the desktop. But if you want your favorite “Show Desktop“ icon to appear in the taskbar, just follow the easy steps bellow:

Alternative: You can also place the "Show Desktop" icon by: Adding the "Quick Launch" bar at your taskbar.

Step 1. Create “Show Desktop” icon.

1. Right-click at the screen’s bottom-left corner and from the pop-up menu, choose “Desktop“.

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2. Right click on the desktop and select “New > Shortcut”

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3.  In the location box, type one of the below commands :

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

or

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

* <user name> : type your username

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4. Type a name for the shortcut: e.g. Show Desktop and click “Finish”.

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5. Now specify an icon for your new shortcut.

5a. Right click on the shortcut and select Properties.

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5b. In shortcut’s properties window, go to “Shortcut” tab and select “Change Icon

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5c. Click “Browse” at the right of “Look for icons in this file” box.

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5d. Then navigate to “C:\Windows\System32” folder and open “shell32.dll” file.

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5e. Select an Icon from the list of available icons and press “OK”.

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5f. Press “OK” again to close shortcut properties.

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Step 2: Place your desktop button shortcut where you want:

A. To place your button in the taskbar: Right click on it and choose “Pin to Taskbar”.

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Notice*: You can drag ‘n drop the new shortcut in any place you like in Taskbar.

 

Alternative: You can also place the "Show Desktop" icon by: Adding the "Quick Launch" bar at your taskbar.

Read also: How to Shutdown, Restart or Logoff Windows 8 with just one click.

 

 

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