How to put "show desktop" back on the taskbar

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How to put "show desktop" back on the taskbar
The desktop icon allows you to quickly return to your desktop. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

In Windows 7, you have the option of showing a desktop icon on the taskbar. In previous versions of Windows, you could pin the desktop to the taskbar in Quick Launch. The procedure in Windows 7 requires using the desktop toolbar. Having the desktop icon on the tool bar gives you the means to quickly toggle from your current screen to the desktop. If a configuration change removes the desktop icon, put it back in a few steps to restore you ability to show the desktop with one click.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Move the mouse to the taskbar, and right-click on it to access the taskbar menu. The Windows taskbar is the strip that shows the "Start" button. Click on "Toolbars."

  2. 2

    Click on "Desktop." This puts the desktop icon back on the taskbar.

  3. 3

    Keep the desktop icon accessible by selecting "Lock the taskbar" on the taskbar menu. This keeps the taskbar visible so you can switch from any screen to the desktop with one click. Click on the desktop icon to show your desktop.

Tips and warnings

  • The keyboard shortcut using the Windows symbol "Windows" +"D" also shows the desktop. Press the two keys at the same time. (See References 4: click "show all" & scroll down to Windows logo key)
  • The "Show Desktop" button shows at the opposite end of the taskbar from the "Start" button.
  • In Win7, you don't have to click on "Show Desktop" when you want to take a quick look at the desktop. To peek at the desktop temporarily, point your mouse at the show desktop button. Move your mouse away to return to other windows. (See References 3: Viewing)

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