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Show Desktop How to Create a Show Desktop Shortcut in Vista
This will show you how to create a Show Desktop shortcut to use to switch between a open window and the desktop. You will also see how to add this back to Quick Launch.
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How to Create a Show Desktop Shortcut in Vista
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This will show you how to create a Show Desktop shortcut to use to switch between a open window and the desktop. You will also see how to add this back to Quick Launch.
How to Create a Show Desktop Shortcut in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to create a Show Desktop shortcut to use to switch between a open window and the desktop. You will also see how to add this back to Quick Launch.
Note   Note
You can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + D to use Show Desktop.

For how to create a keyboard shortcut of your own for this Show Desktop shortcut, see: How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for a Program in Vista
Tip   Tip
How to Add Show Desktop Back to Quick Launch
1. Go to: How to Use Quick Launch in Vista
NOTE: See OPTION ONE under the How to Add or Remove Shortcuts to Quick Launchsection.

2. Move the new Show Desktop shortcut (On Desktop) from above to inside the Quick Launch folder location.


EXAMPLE: Show Desktop shortcut in Quick Launch
Show_Desktop.jpg







METHOD ONE
Download the Shortcut

1. Click on the download button below to download the Show Desktop.zip file.​
download

2. Click on Save and save the .zip file to the Desktop.​
3. Right click on the downloaded .zip file, and click on Open.​
4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.​
5. Extract the Show Desktop shortcut to the desktop.​
6. Right click on the extracted Show Desktop shortcut, and click on Properties. In the General tab, click on the Unblock button and on OK. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you do not see a Unblock button, then the shortcut has already been unblocked and you can skip this step.​
Unblock.jpg

7. Put the shortcut where you like to use it at.​
8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you would like to.​







METHOD TWO
Manually Create the Shortcut

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area type Notepad and press Enter.​
3. Copy and Paste this into Notepad: (See code below)​
Code:
[/INDENT][/INDENT]
[INDENT][INDENT][Shell][/INDENT][/INDENT]
[INDENT][INDENT]Command=2[/INDENT][/INDENT]
[INDENT][INDENT]IconFile=shell32.dll,34[/INDENT][/INDENT]
[INDENT][INDENT][Taskbar][/INDENT][/INDENT]
[INDENT][INDENT]Command=ToggleDesktop[/INDENT][/INDENT]
[INDENT][INDENT]

4. Click on File and Save As. (See screenshot below)​
Notepad.jpg

5. Change the Save as type: to All Files (*.*). (See screenshot below)​
Save As.jpg

6. Type Show Desktop.scf in the File Name: field. (See screenshot above)​
7. Click on the Browse Folders button and click on Desktop. (To save to desktop)​
8. Click on Save.​
9. Close Notepad.​
10. You now have a Show Desktop shortcut on your desktop.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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jilka007

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:cool: Excellent post, I could not find this anywhere else in the Internet. Super, Thanks a lot. My Quick launch got deleted by a virus scanner and this one restored my shortcuts.
 

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Your welcome Jilka007. I'm glad to hear that it was able to help you.

Shawn
 

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Brink

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Your welcome Sonofire, and welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Shawn
 

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    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
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    Lumia 1520 phone
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eejit

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very nice load it onto "Stardock Objectdock" and it is really handy... for those who don't have i'll just post a link here, it's free, doesn't slow things down(you can tell cos i use it on my slab!!!see below for my sweet rig:cool:(sarcastic laugh)) and you can put all the shortcuts you need on it or even drag and drop files onto the icons for speedy opening! i highly reccomend it!

Stardock ObjectDock

thanks for the tutorial and enjoy!
 

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Brink

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#7
Your welcome eejit.

Shawn
 

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None of this works. I don't want to click on the icon and get a "Do you want to open this file?" screen... I want to see the Desktop. I don't want the program in my taskbar, I want the working shortcut there. I make the shortcut, and same darn thing, an install screen appears, not the actual desktop. Man, how hard can it be? It'd also be nice to have the old XP icon that is more visible in colors. Thank you for any help. Ruth

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Hello Pastelskies, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would just need to make sure that you do step 6 in METHOD ONE to unblock the shortcut first. Afterwards, you should not get that message anymore. :)
 

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    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
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    Conexant ISST Audio
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Brink

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You're most welcome Ruth. I'm happy to hear it's working for you. :)
 

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    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Corsair Air 740
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD