Create the Show Desktop button in Windows 11 taskbar

You can add the Show Desktop button to the taskbar in Windows 11. Prior to the release of Windows 7, Microsoft by default pinned a special shortcut to the right of the Start button called Show Desktop, which minimized all windows on the screen.

After the years of using previous versions of Windows, many users want to add such a button to modern Windows 7, 8, 10, and now also 11. The latter has the button to minimize all windows in the lower right corner of the screen.

Not everyone is happy with the modern adaptation of the Show Desktop button. It is small, and does not give out its purpose in any way, whereas the old shortcut had a clear icon and visible space on the screen.

What’s more, in Windows 11, Microsoft has managed to make it harder to hit the minimize button. Not surprisingly, many users are wondering how to add the Show Desktop shortcut to the taskbar in Windows 11. Here’s how.

Add Show Desktop button to Windows 11 taskbar

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select New> Shortcut.Windows 11 Create New Shortcut
  2. In the shortcut wizard that appears, specify the following path: explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}, then click Next. Add Show Desktop button to Windows 11 taskbar
  3. Give your shortcut a name. It will be displayed in a tooltip when you hover the mouse cursor over the taskbar.Give your shortcut a name
  4. Click Finish.
  5. Now right click on the created shortcut and select Properties. select Properties
  6. In the shortcut properties window that appears, click the Change Icon the Change Icon button.
  7. In the path box of the shortcut icon, change shell32.dll to imageres.dll, and then select the icon you need.enter imageres.dll into the icon path box
  8. Click OK to save your changes.
  9. Right-click the created shortcut and click on Show more options.Show More Options item
  10. In the context menu, click Pin to taskbar, and then drag the shortcut to a taskbar location convenient for you.

You now have a Show Desktop shortcut on the taskbar. Clicking on this shortcut will minimize all open windows on the screen.

Create the Show Desktop button in Windows 11 taskbar

Note that custom shortcuts cannot be moved to the left of the search icon, task view, and Windows widgets buttons.

The command we used is the shell command. If you are not familiar with them, read this article.

How to create a Show Desktop shortcut using an app

You can create a Show Desktop button in Windows 11 using the Winaero Tweaker app. You can download it for free from this website.

  1. Download Winaero Tweaker and install.
  2. Launch the app and go to the Shortcuts section on the left side of the window.
  3. Find Shell Folder (CLSID) Shortcut.
  4. On the right side, click Select Shell Folders and Create Shortcuts. Winaero Tweaker Tool
  5. In the window that appears, search for Desktop.
  6. Check the box next to Show Desktop and then click Add.

Now you have a button on your desktop to minimize all windows, also with an retrophase icon which was used in Windows XP.Show Desktop shortcut with a classic iconClassic Show Desktop Shortcut In The Taskbar

To pin that button to the taskbar, right-click it and then select Show advanced options. Click Pin to taskbar.

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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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