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QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally

by sbaxter / April 19, 2004 7:10 AM PDT

Somehow I accidentally deleted the shortcut icon for the desktop from XP. Can you tell me how to restore it so that when I want to view my desktop while other programs are open, I can get there without having to minimize or close all of the programs. Thanks!

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Re:QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by glenn30 / April 19, 2004 7:31 AM PDT

Try this... was given to me by my brother and worked for me:

Restore Show Desktop Icon to Quick Launch on Taskbar
If the Show Desktop icon is deleted from Quick Launch, the procedure below will recreate the file.

Open Notepad and enter the following text:


Save the new file as Show Desktop.scf then drag and drop the icon on the Quick Launch bar or whatever location you want the shortcut to appear.

Good luck!



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by swapna008 / March 4, 2011 7:20 PM PST

hey glenn it worked for me also, and it is a 5 seconds process, thank you very much Happy

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Thnx Glenn,its working
by vivekpjain / June 26, 2011 11:58 PM PDT
Thanks a lot Glenn,it is working you solve my problem.
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Re:QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by Tufenuf / April 19, 2004 8:00 AM PDT

sbaxter, Glenn's instruction will work and there's also a method at the link below. Under the letter "S" scroll down to "Show Desktop Icon is Missing"-"Restore/Add Show Desktop to Quick Launch (Line 61)" which has a link to download and run the fix which will also work.


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Re: QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by ChuckT / April 19, 2004 9:53 AM PDT

While you can follow either person's advise and reinstate your shortcut icon to your desktop, you might want to learn the very simple, always there, keystroke to get to the desktop (available in XP and above).

Hold down the "Windows" key, and press D

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Re:Re: QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by bkl65 / April 22, 2004 4:35 PM PDT

All you have to do is r/click Start, Properties,Task Bar and put a Check Mark in Show Quick Launch

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Re:Re:Re: QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by bolivar / April 22, 2004 7:43 PM PDT

That toggles the Quick Launch icons, but it doesn't restore the desktop icon.

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Re:Re: QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by batya7 / April 23, 2004 2:49 AM PDT

"Windows-D" also works in Win98!

Thanks for the tip! (I hate to mouse.)

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Re:Re:Re: QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by HR White / April 23, 2004 4:15 AM PDT

Thanks for the Win98 tip... Works great!!!

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Re:Re: QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by dano999 / April 26, 2004 9:41 AM PDT

You get my vote for the best solution! thanks

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Re:Re: QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by Naked_Geek / April 27, 2004 12:19 AM PDT

The Windows-D key combination is available in older versions than just XP, also.


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Re:QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by jafee / April 22, 2004 9:51 PM PDT

The [Windows key] + D keyboard shortcut is one of the easiest methods that I know of to access the desktop. Another 'as-easy' keyboard shortcut is [Windows key] + M which minimizes all open windows, leaving you with your pretty desktop!

I guarantee that once you begin using either one of these keyboard shortcuts (or both of them :), you'll wonder why you ever bothered with the Show Desktop icon!

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Re:QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by Dr Jackson / April 22, 2004 10:45 PM PDT

The Quick way I know how,(no pun here)is to right click an open space on your desktop. Hover mouse over New, close to the top find shortcut, left click and in create shortcut window, click browse, click desktop, click OK, click Next, if it says desktop in the Text box click finish or "add a new name" Now drag and drop the new icon to the Quick launch bar area. Hope it works for you.

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Quick Launch desktop icon - without any shortcut
by Anil-Verma / January 18, 2013 11:40 AM PST

This is the finest way to make the icon at quick launch.
Actually I hate the shortcuts also lying on my desktop. If I will go to create a .scf file it has to be there at any location in my computer which I do not like.

But doing this first I created the shortcut and deleted after moving to the quick launch... It is really great.
Thank you Mr Jackson.

--- AKV

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Re:QuickLaunch desktop icon deleted accidentally
by pavel_lishin / April 23, 2004 1:34 AM PDT

You don't need it. Just hit the start key and "D" simultaneously.

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thanks you so much friend
by SARANKUMAR75 / June 5, 2011 7:24 PM PDT

Thank you so much Laugh

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