How to Create a "Show Desktop" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Show Desktop was a feature present in Windows XP and Windows Vista, but has been changed to the Aero Peek/Show Desktop button on the bottom right corner of the screen, near the Notification Area in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Show Desktop shortcut that you can use anywhere in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the Show_Desktop.zip file.
2.Save the .zip file to the desktop.
3. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Show Desktop shortcut to the desktop.
4. Right click or press and hold on the Show Desktop shortcut, and click/tap on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below) NOTE:If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
5. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.
Hi Victor, sorry to bother you again but since installing the retail version of windows 7 home I'm unable to put show desktop on the taskbar.
If I drag it to taskbar it gets pinned either to windows explorer or to my computer, it doesn't stay directly on the taskbar, I have to click on windows explore or my computer and then its there like a jumplist.
This didn't work for me either, but I found the shortcut in the Quicklaunch folder in Brinks tutorial " Quicklaunch - Enable or Disable " ,Right clicked on it to send to desktop ( create shortcut ). Then followed Charbroil57's tutorial on how to pin the Recycle bin to the Taskbar and that worked for me, I don't know if there is an easier way to go about it ?
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Thanks Derekimo, I've tried that and it works but its not ideal as I have to keep the icon eiter down one side or the other.
The way the icon behaved after Viktor's tutorial was what I needed, hope he'll be able to fix it.
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This is totally minor, but I was wondering if you could tell me what I did wrong or what the fix might be: I was able to install the desktop button on my task bar, but it is not actually the desktop icon...can I get the icon image? Thanks!