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Show Desktop Button for Windows 7


Show Desktop Button for Windows 7

Previous versions of Windows, including Vista had an option to show the desktop when you have too many windows open. The show desktop feature in previous versions of Windows minimizes all the open programs. In Windows 7 the position of show desktop is different and it has another feature called Aero peek which will actually peek into the desktop without minimizing the applications. But if you want the show desktop feature in Windows 7, here is a small application, called Show Desktop, which will do the same task as in Vista and XP.

Show Desktop

There is no installation for this program and when you execute this, it will actually minimize the application windows and show the desktop. So in order to have the same option through taskbar, simply drag and drop the exe file to the taskbar and pin it to the taskbar.

Show Desktop _1

Now, every time you want to use the show desktop feature, just click on the icon in the taskbar.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .



  1. James

    December 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    …or you could just click the ‘show desktop’ button that comes built-in to Windows 7 and sits to the right of the clock?

  2. Melecio

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Wait, what? There’s already a button that does exactly that. The ‘aeropeek’ option you mention it’s actually called “Show Destop” and it SHOWS THE DESKTOP when clicked.

    • Nirmal

      December 8, 2009 at 9:21 pm

      @James, @Alasdair, @Melecio,
      You are right, the aero peek button is actually show desktop. What I meant is people used to show desktop near the start menu in XP and Vista can have the same feature in Windows 7.

  3. Alasdair

    December 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    James, I was thinking the same thing!

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