Get The Old ‘Show Desktop’ Back In Windows 7–Kinda

Get The Old ‘Show Desktop’ Back In Windows 7–Kinda

Windows 7 gives users better ways to clear most everything but the desktop—namley Aero Shake and Aero Peek. But if you still cling to "Show Desktop," however, you can kind of get it back. Pinning a Show Desktop icon to the taskbar in Windows 7 won't work the way it did in pretty much every earlier version of Windows. While you can still create the "Show Desktop.scf" script, it just won't pin itself correctly. The Tweaking with Vishal blog offers a kind of work-around that makes use of Windows 7's utterly transparent toolbars. The short version: Create a folder, place a "Show Desktop.scf" file in there (either your standard Google-found kind or the script available at the bottom link), then right-click your taskbar to create a "New Toolbar" that points to that folder. Turn off the text and titles on that new toolbar, change the icons to large size, and then put your new one-button toolbar where you'd like. The drawback: If you pin it too close to the right of your standard tasks and pinned items, you'll compress them and require an extra click to get to them. If you don't mind having your desktop button on the left, though, or have a totally re-tweaked taskbar altogether, you're good to go. (Lifehacker AU editor adds: for my money, the still-functional Windows key-M shortcut beats all these options for getting to the desktop in a hurry.)


  • “Show Desktop” IS in windows 7. It is the Bar to the right of the Clock! It preforms the same functions and is even called “Show Desktop” with the mouse over.

    If you are not already aware “Windows key + D” is the “Show Desktop” Equivalent. (i.e. pressing it a second time restores the windows up)
    Other Windows Key Combos are:
    “Windows key + M” Minimizes All Windows
    “Windows key + E” loads up Windows Explorer
    “Windows key + F” loads up Search
    “Windows key + R” loads up Run
    “Windows key + Pause” loads up System Properties
    “Windows key + TAB” Areo Windows Flip

  • er? … not sure which beta version I have compared to you??? …. but the “show desktop” is still there!! … it’s just been moved to the extreme right of the task bar next to the time. There is no icon for it, just a block but if you hover over it you’ll see the message “show desktop”. IT WORKS!! 🙂

    FWIW … I use Win+D instead of Win+M …. with Win+D the screens come back as they were. 🙂

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