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How to Add Show Desktop Icon to Taskbar in Windows 10

In Windows 7 we used to have a Show Desktop option which we use to minimize all open tabs on screen with one click. However, in Windows 10 you also get that option but for that, you have to scroll down to the extreme right corner of the Taskbar. If you want to tweak the settings and personalize your device according to your preferences, you can add the show Desktop icon to the taskbar. Yes, in this article, we will guide you so that you can learn how to add show Desktop Icon to the taskbar in Windows 10.

How to Add Show Desktop Icon to Taskbar in Windows 10

How to Add Show Desktop Icon to Taskbar in Windows 10

Method 1 – Add Show Desktop Icon Using Create Shortcut Option

It is one of the easiest ways to add Show Desktop Icon to Taskbar in Windows 10. We will highlight all the steps.

Step 1 – Go to your desktop, right-click on the desktop and choose New > Shortcut.

Right-click on the desktop and choose to create a shortcut option from the contextual menu

Step 2 – When the Create Shortcut Wizard prompts you to enter a location, type %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257} and hit Next button.

When the Create Shortcut Wizard prompts you to enter a location

Step 3 – In the next box, you will be prompted to give a name to that shortcut, name it “Show Desktop” to that file and click on Finish option.

Name the shortcut anything you like & click Finish

Step 4 – Now you will see a Show Desktop shortcut on your Desktop. However, still, you need to make some changes to add this shortcut in the taskbar

Step 5 – Now you go to the properties section of the Show Desktop shortcut. Right-click on the shortcut and choose Properties.

Right-click on the shortcut and choose Properties

Step 6 – Here you need to click on the Change Icon button to choose the most suitable or your preferred icon for this shortcut.

Click on the Change Icon button

Step 7 – Now you need to right-click on the shortcut on the desktop and choose the option Pin To Taskbar.

Right-click on the shortcut & choose the option Pin To Taskbar

Finally, you will see Show Desktop icon added on your taskbar. Isn’t an easy way to get this job done? Yes, it is. However, we have another method to get this task done. It depends on the users and their preferences to opt for any method.

Show Desktop icon added on your taskbar

Method 2 – Use Text File Shortcut

Step 1 – Right-click on the Desktop and Navigate to New > Text file.

Right-click on the Desktop and Navigate to New then Text file

Step 2 – Name the file something like Show Desktop with the .exe file extension.

Name the file something like Show Desktop

While saving this file, Windows shows you a warning message, you need to go forward and hit the Yes button.

Step 3 – Now you need to right-click on the file and choose Pin To Taskbar option.

Right-click on the shortcut & choose the option Pin To Taskbar

Step 4 – Now you need to create a new text file with the below-given code:

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

Step 5 – While saving this file, you need to locate the specific folder where you need to save this file.

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Use Text File Shortcut

Step 6 – Now you need to save that text file with the name: Show Desktop.scf 

Note: Make sure .scf is the file extension

Step 7 – Finally close the text file on your device.

Step 8 – Now if you need to change some properties of this file then you need to navigate to Show Desktop taskbar file and right-click on it and choose Properties.

Step 9 – Here you can choose the Change Icon section to change the image of the shortcut.

Click on the Change Icon button

Step 10  – Moreover, there is a target location box in the Windows box, You need to enter the following path in that location tab.

“C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\Show Desktop.scf”

Enter the following location in the Windows Target location box

Step 11 – Finally you need to save all the mentioned settings. You have changed the icon and placed the target location. It means you are done with the setup of adding Show Desktop Icon to Taskbar in Windows 10.

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I hope the above steps were helpful and now you will be able to Add Show Desktop Icon to Taskbar in Windows 10, but if you still have any queries regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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