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Windows 7: Show Desktop Shortcut - Create

28 Dec 2012   #70

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tony77 View Post
Hi Shawn,
Thank you for the prompt reply.
I'd like to remove the "show desktop" created by option 1 recommended by Vic Ly(from the first page of this thread.
I already unpinned it from taskbar, but the shortcut (?) is still present on desktop and when I hovered the mouse over it : it says "Location: explorer(C:\windows)"
I don't know whether just hit delete the "show desktop" shortcut on desktop is enough or not ?
Best Regards
Ah, ok Tony.

Yes, you would just delete the shortcut to remove it. :)

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29 Dec 2012   #71

win7 64bit

Thank you
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29 Dec 2012   #72

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome. :)
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08 Nov 2013   #73

Windows 7 Home Premium

Opt1 worked perfectly! Thank you!
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10 Jul 2014   #74

windows 7, 64 bit
Option 2 worked great, thanks A TON!

Option 2 worked great, thanks A TON! That has been driving me crazy since I moved to Win7
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22 Jul 2014   #75

Windows 7 64 bit

This was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!
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26 Jul 2014   #76

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Great boss. It is a fantastic idea which works as exactly same like in old windows xp... Thanks a lot. This is exactly correct creation.
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17 Oct 2014   #77

Windows 8 Core 64-bit

If you have not upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet. For Windows 8 and 8 Pro or any OS that does not go to Desktop automatically

"Boot To The Desktop"

Make sure you have "Hide extensions for known file types" unchecked in Folder Options. Just for file verification purposes.
Re-check it afterwards if you want.

Create the "Show Desktop" file:

Open a 'Text Editor' like Notepad. (not Word or Wordpad)
Copy and Paste or type the following into the text editor:


Do not have any extra spaces at the top and do not "Carriage Return" (enter) to next line at the end.

Save the file as - Show Desktop.scf (actually any name you want, just remember it)
When you see the file it will have the Desktop icon but it will not have .scf at the end even with "Hide extensions for known file types" unchecked. Right click the file and go to properties. It should have "Type of file: File Explorer Command (.scf)" and the name should be just "Show Desktop" with no extension.

Copy the file to the "Start Menu\Programs\Startup" folder.

There are more than one "Startup" folders in Windows 8 and 8 Pro. (In other Windows Version look for one similar to this one. Some are for current user and some are for all users.) Put it in this one:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Close everything down. Restart your computer.

When it boots up, it will pause at the "Start" screen until it reads the contents of Startup.
It will then go to the Desktop with nothing opened up.

Side note: If you want something to open automatically when you boot up, put it in this same Startup folder after Show Desktop.
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