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    quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    When I installed WinXP / Win2K, there was an icon in the quick launch pad (on the status bar at the buttom of the screen) for me to go to the desktop directly. I by mistake had deleted it a while ago. I would like to know how I can create this desktop icon on the quick launch pad again.

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    I found these instructions by searching Google for "show-desktop icon"

    StuartR

    <pre>Copy and paste the following lines into a Notepad file.

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

    Save the file to your Desktop as Show Desktop.scf.
    Drag it to wherever you want it
    </pre>


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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    Thanks. I will give it a try.

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    Alternately, you can go to
    Cocuments and Settingsyour user nameApplication DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
    and drag the Show Desktop icon back to the Quicklaunch bar.
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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    On my machine

    Cocuments and Settingsyour user nameApplication DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch

    is the address of the Quick Launch toolbar. If a user deletes the icon on their toolbar, they are usually deleting it from that folder in the file system.
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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    You are absolutely right !!! <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    In addition to Stuart's appropriate repair, there's this. What the Show Desktop toggle does is the same thing as the Windows-D key combo, i.e. minimize all open windows so you can see your desktop. Unless you're interested in looking at your pretty wallpaper, you should also consider turning on the DESKTOP toolbar. It lets you reach any of the icons on the desktop without minimizing all open windows.

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    You guys are just wonderful. Both methods work perfectly. Thanks and I have learned something new again today.

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    I created the file Show Desktop.scf and placed it on my desktop, but it won't let me drag it to the taskbar.
    Sorry I came in late here, but is there something I need to tweak to allow it to be placed on the taskbar?

    I went to Cocuments & Settings.....QuickLaunch, and the file is there, but I cannot drag it to the taskbar.

    Thank you for your help.

    Michael

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    If you are in the correct user profile, you should not be having problems. Just to verify, right click on one of your existing quick launch buttons, choose properties, and then select the General tab. Although it does not look like it, you can actually copy the Location and then paste it into Windows Explorer (or Start - Run). This will ensure you are in the correct user profile. Try pasting your new shortcut there and see if it appears.

    When you copy the file to the Quick Launch folder in Windows Explorer, do you get any errors, does anything happen at all? Any details you can think of would help.
    -Mark

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    It would have helped if I had the Quick Launch toolbar open <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
    Sorry for wasting your time - I hate when I do that !! Especially on a Friday night.

    Thanks fellas - it works fine !

    Michael Abrams

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    Well take heart, you are not wasting my time. I never sleep (so the rumour goes) and I also have no problems helping out! Perhaps reading this thread will make you feel better. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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    Re: quick launch (WinXP 2000)

    Thank you Mark for the thread ! I will show it around Monday - some funny ones !!

    Have a good weekend and Happy Holidays !

    Michael Abrams

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