How To Restore Desktop Icon In Quick Launch Bar

by on September 27, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows XP




Recently a friend of mine accidentally deleted his Desktop icon in his Quick Launch bar. He used the Desktop Icon a lot. Even I use it. When there are tons of windows opened, to get free from them I use this button. It’s like the easiest Escape button for me :P . Unfortunately, there is no straight option in Windows XP. But here, I’ll tell you how to do it the other way :)

In this post, I’ll tell you how to get it back if you delete it. All you need is Notepad to get it back.

Follow the steps below and you’ll restore your lost icon back in no time.

1. Open Notepad and type the following in the text area.

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

Now save it as “Desktop Icon.SCF” (without the quotes) on your dektop. This new file will look like the Desktop Icon. Now, all you need to do is copy/paste this file in

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Note: username in the above location is your own User Account name. It differs on every computer.

Now open your Quick Launch bar and see. The desktop icon will be there now. Drag and drop at whatever position you want.

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