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How to Easily Create Show Desktop Shortcut on Windows (with Pictures)

Do you feel frustrated once you open too many windows on Windows 7/8/10? It will cost you some time to minimize them and go back to the main window.

In this article, you will know how to use show desktop shortcut to get your work done quickly, and in the end, you will also learn the detailed steps with pictures to create show desktop shortcut easily.

Part 1: What is show desktop shortcut

As the name implied, it is a shortcut that can show your desktop with one click. It is used mostly when you have so many windows opened at one time.

No matter you are an office worker, student, or writer, you will use this feature many times in a day to save time. Continue reading to look at the detailed steps below.

If you want to know more shortcut tips, check the video below.

Part 2: 3 best ways to show desktop shortcut

1 Click the edge of the taskbar at the bottom right.

It is a place that’s hard to notice. It is on the right edge of the taskbar. Just have a quick click. Then you will see the desktop appeared.

2 Right-click on the taskbar

Just right-click the blank area of the taskbar. A window will pop up and then choose Show the desktop.

right click taskbar

3 Use keyboard shortcuts

You need to press the keyboard in this way. Press windows keyboard + D. It is so easy.

use keyboard

Part 3: How do I put show desktop shortcut on taskbar manually

Step 1: Build a new shortcut

On the empty area of your desktop, click New and choose Shortcut.

build shortcut

Step 2: Name the shortcut

A pop window will appear. Copy this code %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257} and paste it onto the location area. Then click Next. Now you can name the shortcut. You can customize the name as you like. Type it and click Finish.

copy paste code to name shortcut

Step 3: Set show desktop properties

Right-click on the shortcut at the bottom and click Properties to start setting up this option. Choose the Shortcut tab. Then click the Change Icon button below.

desktop properties

Step 4: Finish setting up show desktop shortcut

Copy this string %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll to Look for icons in this file field. Choose the desktop icon below. Then click OK. Now the whole process is finished.


Above are the steps to make show desktop shortcut on Windows. Have a try to improve your user experience on Windows. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.