How to Create / Re-Create the Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP
To Create/Re-create the Show desktop icon yourself in Windows XP, carefully do the following steps:
Open the Notepad or any other Text Editor
Carefully copy and then paste the following text into the Notepad window:
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.
Click and then drag the Show desktop icon to your Quick Launch toolbar.
Information for advanced users
The Quick Launch toolbar uses the files in the following folder:
%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
To quickly show the desktop or open windows without using the Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar, you can use one of the following methods:
Press the Windows logo key+D on your keyboard.
Right-click the Windows taskbar, and then click Show the Desktop or click Show Open Windows.