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Windows 7: Show Desktop icon on left in taskbar

11 Sep 2013   #1
ejdpop

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 
Show Desktop icon on left in taskbar

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 W7 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 W7 I copied the XP shortcut to my desktop, where it still works just fine. However, when I pin it to the taskbar, W7 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.


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12 Sep 2013   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

This may be what you're looking for.
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14 Sep 2013   #3
ejdpop

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

The link you give is flagged by WOT as being "unreliable", with numerous critical comments by other users. I'll give it a pass.
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14 Sep 2013   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

We have a tutorial with a ready made shortcut you can pin to the taskbar,

Show Desktop Shortcut - Create
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14 Sep 2013   #5
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ejdpop View Post
The link you give is flagged by WOT as being "unreliable", with numerous critical comments by other users. I'll give it a pass.
It passed through aerospace network security and is fine on my security which flags the stupidest things, it's fine. Pass on it if you want, fine by me.
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28 May 2014   #6
ejdpop

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

I typed in a brief note, and then clicked on "Mark Solved", and the note vanished. Nuts. Thanks for the useful tips; I have it nearly solved now.
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27 Aug 2014   #7
NYCGRIFF

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Guys:

The quickest way I know how to "show desktop" on Windows 7 is: Click on Start. In the search box, type: "Show Desktop" (exclude quotation marks). Right-click "Show Desktop" and pin to Taskbar. Worked for me.
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27 Aug 2014   #8
ejdpop

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
 
 

Thanks, that does work. I had somehow got it to work some time ago, but I don't remember how.
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28 Aug 2014   #9
NYCGRIFF

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi ejdpop:

You're quite welcome!
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