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Restore the Show Desktop Shortcut on Quick Launch Bar in Windows XP

The Quick Launch toolbar (which can be enabled by right-clicking on the taskbar, clicking “Toolbars”, and then clicking “Quick Launch) by default contains a shortcut to instantly minimize all open windows and show the desktop. It is possible to accidentally move or delete this shortcut. If you have accidentally removed the shortcut and want it back, use either of the following methods: 

Automated:

  1. Download this file [1].
  2. When prompted, save the file in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\

Manual:

  1. Copy and paste the following lines into a Notepad file:
    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop
  2. Save the file to your Desktop as “Show Desktop.scf”.
  3. Drag the “Show Desktop” file to the Quick Launch bar and release.