Quick Help: Downloadable Show Desktop Icon for XP

By Lowell Heddings on September 24th, 2007

It’s amazing how often I get the question “I deleted my Show Desktop icon, now how do I get it back?” arrives in my inbox… so I’ve decided to just zip up the icon and provide it here for everybody.

Most of the articles out there tell you how to recreate it by hand using notepad, but I think you’d probably prefer a downloadable file instead.

Once you download and unzip it, right click on the Quick Launch bar and choose Open Folder.


Copy the icon into this folder…


And there we are, the Show Desktop icon has returned.


Download Show Desktop Icon for Windows XP

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/24/07
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