How to Add “Show Desktop” Icon to Windows 11 or 10 Taskbar?


On Windows 11/10, Microsoft introduced a new button, “Show Desktop,” in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Some users may prefer the old way to show the Desktop. The new button is very tiny and doesn’t have a prominent look. Besides, in Windows 11, Microsoft somehow made it harder to hit the right spot to minimize all applications, not to mention how difficult it is to tap the button on Windows tablets.

To add the Show Desktop shortcut to the Windows 11 taskbar, you need to create a simple shortcut that contains a unique command. Microsoft has not provided any option to remove this button. Still, if you want, you can remove the Show Desktop button using the “7+ Taskbar Tweaker” or “ShowDesktop Remover” freeware application.

To activate the Peek feature and also helps you to see the desktop without minimizing all opened windows, this risewindows article will help you with how to do that.

How to Pin the “Show Desktop” Icon to Windows 11 or 10 Taskbar?

To add the “Show Desktop” icon to the Windows 11 or 10 Taskbar, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, right-click on the free space on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.

Step 2. Now, copy and paste the following in the location box under the “Create Shortcut” wizard:-

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}

Step 3. Then, click the Next button.

Step 4. After that, name the shortcut “Show Desktop” and click the Finish button.

Step 5. After completing it, a “Show Desktop” shortcut icon will appear on the desktop.

Step 6. Next, you can change the shortcut icon to identify it quickly if you wish. For that, right-click on the “Show Desktop” shortcut icon and choose Properties in the context menu.

Step 7. Then, switch to the Shortcut tab in the Properties dialog.

Step 8. After that, click the Change Icon button.

Step 9. Finally, select an icon in the list and click the OK button.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this article will be helpful to you.

Good luck & stay healthy, guys.

Also, read How to Show the Taskbar on all Monitors on Windows 11?

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