PC users who like to put things in order on the desktop and on the quick launch panel often delete the “Shows Desktop” icon. The operation is completely reversible and no significant effort will be required to restore it.
For the same purposes (minimize all windows), you can use the hot keys:
Win + D
– collapse all windows, pressing again restores the windows.
Win + M
– minimize all windows,
Win + Shift + M
– restore the minimized windows.
Win is a button on the keyboard with a Windows logo, in most cases, it is located between the Ctrl and Shift keys. The combination of Win + D means that you must first press and hold the Win button, after briefly pressing the D button.
Or, right-click on the Windows taskbar and select
“Show all windows”
This is much simpler, faster, and always works, even if the file “minimize all windows” is deleted.
“Minimize all windows” – what is it?
In Windows XP, “Collapse All Windows” is a command from Windows Explorer (Windows Explorer Command) for which a shortcut is created – the file “Collapse all windows.scf” (the scf extension stands for shell command file), the file size is 79 byte. This file is located in the \ Documents and Settings \ UserName \ Application Data \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Quick Launch folder.
In Windows Vista, the “Collapse All Windows” icon is present on the Quick Launch bar, but the lack of XP is not fixed: this file can also be easily deleted. The file size is 258 bytes, located in the \ Users \ UserName \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Quick Launch folder.
In Windows 7, the “Collapse all windows” icon is located in the lower right corner of the screen in the Windows taskbar. Unlike previous versions of Windows, the icon is always in its place, it is almost impossible to remove it.
How to properly restore the “Collapse all windows” icon.
1. Make sure that you do not accidentally turn off the Quick Launch toolbar.
To do this, right-click the Windows taskbar and move the mouse cursor over to the “Toolbar”. Hold the mouse cursor on this menu item for a few seconds. In the unfolding submenu, opposite the item “Quick start”, there should be a tick if it is not there, left click on this item (“Quick start”) and again check the presence of the “Collapse all windows” button.
2. Create a text document on the Windows desktop and call it “Collapse all windows”.
3. Open the created document and copy the following text into it:
Command = 2
IconFile = explorer.exe, 3
ommand = ToggleDesktop
4 Then go to the “File -> Save As” menu. In the opened window in the “File type” field, select “All files”, manually add the extension .scf to the file name, get “Collapse all windows.scf” and save the document to the desktop.
5. We check: on the desktop there should be two files – a text “Collapse all windows” and just saved with a new extension (it can be recognized by a specific icon).
6. The file “Collapse all windows.scf” is moved to the Quick Launchbar or to your “legal” place in the \ Documents and Settings \ UserName \ Application Data \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Quick Launch folder.
7. For Windows Vista, we do the same. Code for Windows Vista:
Command = 2
IconFile =% SystemRoot% \ system32 \ shell32.dll, 34
Command = ToggleDesktop
8. File “Collapse all windows. scf “to the Quick Launch toolbar or to the folder \ Users \ UserName \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Quick Launch.
9. Enjoying the fruits of your work!