Show Desktop icon Missing in Quick Launch

by on October 29th, 2007

If you have accidentally deleted the show desktop icon in your quick launch toolbar, then you can restore it from the following place:

C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Where C:\ is your Windows drive.

If unfortunately, you can’t find the quick launch file from the above location, then you can create the shortcut yourself again. But it is a special type of shortcut whose method of creation is also different. I am reproducing the method of creating quick launch toolbar shortcut from Microsoft site here.

1. Click Start , click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.

2. In Notepad, type the following text on individual lines:

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

3. On the File menu, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop as Show Desktop.scf.

Note Notepad might automatically append a .txt extension to the file name. Remove this extension if present. The file name should be Show Desktop.scf.

The file must now be moved to the correct folder in the user profile to appear in the Quick Launch toolbar. To manually do this, use one of the following methods.

Method 1

1. Use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf icon to the Quick Launch toolbar or another location where you want the shortcut to appear.

2. Click Move Here.

Method 2

1. Use Windows Explorer to locate the following folders:

Microsoft Windows 95 and Microsoft Windows 98
Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Microsoft Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Note Username refers to the account name where you want to put the icon.

2. Use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf file to the Quick Launch folder.

3. Click Move Here


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  1. Salman says:

    Excellent Advice!

    You are the guru! It worked for me just well!