Quick Tip: How to recreate the “Show Desktop” Icon in Windows XP
Creating the “Show Desktop” shortcut in the Quick Task toolbar or even on the desktop is a great way to quickly clear your screen when too many programs are open. Double-clicking the icon instantly minimizes all open windows.
I’ve made the mistake of accidentally deleting the icon so here is a quick method for bringing it back:
1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Carefully copy and then paste the following text into the Notepad window:
3. On the File menu, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop as “Show desktop.scf”. The Show desktop icon is created on your desktop.
4. Click and then drag the Show desktop icon to your Quick Launch toolbar.
Courtesy of Microsoft.
Note: You can also simply press the Windows Key + D or + M to minimize all open windows.