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    Show Desktop

    My four-year-old was playing with my PC and somehow deleted the Show Desktop icon on the toolbar. I've been unable to find out how to get it back anywhere in Win 2K help. Anyone have any ideas?

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    Re: Show Desktop

    I'm fairly certain someone asked just this question the other day!

    Save the attached as
    Show Desktop.scf
    in you Quick Launch folder

    (Probably: Cocuments and Settingsyour_profileApplication DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
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    Re: Show Desktop

    Nothing wrong with Leif's solution (i just tried it). Once I'd downloaded the file to the Quicklaunch folder, I just dragged a shortcut to the taskbar - logoff would probably have done just as well.
    However, there is another solution (you did ask for ideas!). RClick the Taskbar area (not Quicklaunch or Systray) and select Toolbars. Click Desktop. It will now appear in the Taskbar area. If it's spread out, grab its handle and drag it all the way to the right. It should now show the text 'Desktop' and chevrons sitting neatly next to the Systray. Clicking the chevrons brings up the DT as a Menu, rather than hiding your current screen. If you choose to have the TB 'Always on Top' you will always be able to consult your DT wherever you happen to be browsing. It is not easy to remove this accidentally - no matter how young you are.
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    Re: Show Desktop

    I couldn't get this to work, not sure if I'm doing it right. An icon was placed on my taskbar but it wouldn't show me the desktop, nothing happened at all actually. I saw the message after yours that said your suggestion worked so I'm now thinking it must be me. I tried to follow your instructions but I must be missing something.

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    Re: Show Desktop

    Try it once again:

    1. From My Computer, open
    Cocuments and Settings< your username >Application DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
    2. Right-click anywhere in this window and from pop-up menu, choose New | Text Document
    3. Open New Text Document.txt and copy and paste following:

    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop

    (end of copy). Save and close text document.
    4. Right-click "New Text Document.txt" and from pop-up menu choose RENAME. Type the new name exactly like this:

    Show Desktop.scf

    and hit Enter. Click YES when prompted "Are you sure to rename?.."
    5. Close the window

    That's it. I hope it will help you.

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    Re: Show Desktop

    If I'm not mistaken that will only work if you have tweaked Explorer to show all file extensions. What could conceivably happen is that you will end up with Show Desktop.scf.txt which would still be a text file.

    To prevent that (and to avoid having to rename), from Notepad, choose File -> Save As and then enter the filename in quotes: "Show Desktop.scf". This will force Notepad to save the file with your chosen extension instead of what it thinks that it should be.

    As an FYI, this works anywhere in Windows - all file dialogs that is, be they from Office or Internet Explorer. <img src=/S/yadda.gif border=0 alt=yadda width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Show Desktop

    What? There are still some individuals who didn't change Microsoft default to show file extensions yet?
    Woody screamed about it for ages...

    Now I understand why viruses spread themselves so freely!

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    Re: Show Desktop

    <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15> Until the Dark Side decides that we're smart enough to use our own computers and changes that default, I think we'll be stuck with it... <img src=/S/newbrain.gif border=0 alt=newbrain width=21 height=22>

    Which reminded me of a funny. Slightly off topic but have fun, y'all....

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article09-011>If Operating Systems Were Airlines</A>
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    Re: Show Desktop

    kaplinb's suggestion worked like a charm. Thanks for taking the time to walk me through it.

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