By default, older versions of Windows have a Show Desktop button on the Quick Launch toolbar that allows you to quickly hide all open windows and access content on your desktop, then quickly bring them all back up when you’re done.
But what if your Quick Launch doesn’t have one? If your Show Desktop icon was removed in Windows XP, you can always easily restore the Show Desktop icon In Windows 7, 8, and 10, the Show Desktop option is now a small, tiny section at the far-right corner of the taskbar.
Recreate Show Desktop Icon
If you like, you can recreate the original icon and place it on your desktop instead. Unlike most other toolbar buttons, the Show Desktop button is not a Windows shortcut. Rather, it is a shell command file (.scf), which is actually a simple text file containing a special command that Windows understands. To create a new .scf file, open your favorite text editor (or Notepad) and copy and paste the following five lines:
[Shell] Command = 2 IconFile = explorer.exe, 3 [Taskbar] Command = ToggleDesktop
Save the file as Show Desktop.scf (or any other name, provided you include the .scf filename extension) anywhere, including the desktop.
You should see an icon on your desktop:
If you click on that, it will minimize all windows and only show you the desktop. If you double click on it again, it will bring back all windows. Obviously sitting at the desktop isn’t all that useful, but there is no easy way to add it to the taskbar. Read this detailed article if you want to move the desktop show icon to the taskbar in Windows 7, 8 and 10. Enjoy!