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Windows 7: How do I put a Show Desktop icon on taskbar

09 Apr 2013   #1
lenberman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How do I put a Show Desktop icon on taskbar

I use to have an icon on my XP task-bar that would allow me to open my desktop and minimize all open programs to the task-bar. Is there a way to do that in Windows 7?

Len


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09 Apr 2013   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

At the right (or bottom) end of the taskbar is a small "Show Desktop" rectangle.
Will that work for you?

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09 Apr 2013   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As David illustrates, it`s already there.
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09 Apr 2013   #4
lenberman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you, never knew that was there.

Len
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09 Apr 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It isn't real obvious. If you hover the cursor, the desktop will show while hovered.
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09 Apr 2013   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You could change that option ( the hover option ) as it can really be annoying. You just change it so you have to click on the rectangle to see the desktop ( as it should be )
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09 Apr 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You could also add this.
Right click on Taskbar and select show Desktop. It will give you just another option.
I happen to use the vertical bar to the far right.
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09 Apr 2013   #8
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

as said above there are two ways,
hover on the show desktop button, shows desktop but shows open windows again when the cursor is moved away,

click on the show desktop button keeps the desktop showing even when the cursor is moved away,
re clicking the button shows the windows again.

it took me over a year to realize that clicking the button kept the windows hidden, i just always hovered.
i discovered it by accidentally clicking ,
then panicked as i didn't know where the hell my open windows had gone despite frantically moving the cursor.
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09 Apr 2013   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I think the point AddRAM was making in Post #6 is the behavior of the "Show desktop rectangle" can be changed.
In Taskbar properties change the Aero Peek setting...

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