There are some old threads on this subject which are useful but have become dated, so, following instructions, I have decided to open a new thread. The Show Desktop button in Windows 7 is over on the right, and I wanted to move it to the left, but that appears to be impossible. Now, I know the W-d keyboard shortcut achieves the same goal, but I would also like to have a clickable icon in the taskbar on the left. Here's what I did:
In XP, I created a shortcut to Show Desktop, and placed it on my desktop. Then I "pinned" it to the taskbar, and it worked just fine. So, in Windows 7 I copied the XP shortcut to my desktop, where it still works just fine. However, when I pin it to the taskbar, Windows 7 creates a link to Windows Explorer, which is NOT what I want! (In Properties, this shortcut is described as "Windows Explorer Command (.scf)".
So, if anyone out there has a way to create a Show Desktop button on the left of the taskbar, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Surely there must be a file or command buried somewhere in the system that performs this task. I have looked, but haven't found a thing that is useful.