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Windows 7: Show Desktop Shortcut - Create

25 Sep 2009   #9
VicVicVic

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Show Desktop Shortcut - Create

How to Create a "Show Desktop" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8


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10 Dec 2009   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wolfgang,

That's normal. You have to save anything first into a user folder (ex: Desktop), then you will be allowed to copy or move it to a system location like the C:\Windows folder. It's a security feature.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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10 Dec 2009   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Shawn. Of course it helps - as usual. You are always on top of things - amazing.
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10 Dec 2009   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Wolfgang.
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11 Dec 2009   #13
JoeMax

Win7 Home Prem. 64Bit
 
 

Why do I get a message that it is an x86 program, 32 bit and that I should contact the software publisher for a 64bit version???
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11 Dec 2009   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Joe,

Strange, it works fine on my 64-bit Windows 7. You might try the tutorial on the first page again to see if a mistake may have been made while creating it.
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30 Dec 2009   #15
Chowchilla

Windows 7/Ubuntu
 
 

Hello guys. Great tip, but I'm having little problem getting it configured as I'd like.

I followed the instructions above to the letter and managed to get the icon working in the taskbar. However I'd like to have the icon as the new style "Show Desktop" icon. A minor point, I know.

I first tried, after doing everything described in the first post, simply shift+right clicking the icon, clicking change icon, then selecting the icon via the "imageres.dll" location. That changes the icon in the properties window and changes it if I navigate in explorer to "C:\Users\Muzher\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar". However it does not change the icon in the Taskbar.

Next I tried what I think Brink was advising above. I followed the instructions upto and including creating the "Show Desktop.exe" file in "C:\Windows". I then created my own shortcut, targetted to the aforementioned .exe and then pinned it to the Taskbar. This appeared to look fine, correct icon and all. However clicking it would yield an error about it not being x64 compatible.

I'd really appreciate any ideas you guys have, as this is starting to become a bit of an irritant.

I uploaded a screenshot of the error described in my second attempt (creating a shortcut to the .exe) here:

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30 Dec 2009   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Chowchilla, and welcome to Seven Forums.

After you have done the tutorial completely, then right click on the pinned "Show Desktop" icon on the taskbar, right click on "Show Desktop" in the jump list, click on "Properties", "Chage Icon" in Shortcut tab, then select the new icon, and OK twice.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Jan 2010   #17
bjitesh

windows 7
 
 

Thanks Vic, worked perfectly for me.
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18 Feb 2010   #18
Cornelia

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I was delighted to find this tutorial, and all went well until I tried the change Properties of the command bar icon from .exe to .scf. Windows insists on telling me that the path is invalid, despite having the file right where it should be. Any ideas?


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25 Feb 2010   #19
wehrbar

Windows 7 Home 64
 
 
Notepad won't save to Windows folder

I had the same problem. There are probably more elegant ways to do it, but I was able to work around this by:

Saving to the user folder using the option that the message offered

Using Windows Explorer, copy the folder to the Windows folder. The OS will give you the option to CONTINUE and the file will appear in the Windows folder.

Follow the rest of the procedure.
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