Tech – for Everyone

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Restoring Vista’s “Show Desktop” Launcher Icon

Undoing an accidental delete..

Last week I had a client who had somehow or another deleted some Quick Launch shortcuts, and – now – wanted them back: most notably, the “Show Desktop” icon. (“Quick Launch” are the “shortcuts” [icons] next to the Start button, on the left of your Taskbar.) Turns out they missed the ability to quickly “minimize” all their open windows, and wanted it back.

I told my client that pressing the Windows key  and the D together did the same thing.. but they wanted their icon back anyway. Keyboard shortcuts were not their thing, clicking icons was.
Which is fine with me. Not everyone wants to be an Über Geek (see, Using Your Keyboard Instead Of Your Mouse*.)

It turns out, restoring the “Show Desktop” and “Show Windows Tiled” (aka “Rolodexed”) Quick Launch Shortcuts is a little more complex than simply adding a new shortcut to the Quick Launch area, as these are two “special” features built into Vista. What you have to do is Copy it/them from the Default User Profile, and Paste it into your User Profile.
Fortunately, I do not have to create a step-by-step tutorial (complete with screenshots) for you, as there already is a great one posted on a pretty cool (competitor’s) website, here.

Quote of the day: a friend of Tech – for Everyone sent me a neato item, I would like to share with my readers (I do not know the source).


After a while you learn the difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

You learn that love isn’t learning but lending support.

You begin to accept your defeats with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.

You decide to build your roads on today, for tomorrows ground is too uncertain.

You help someone plant a garden instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

You learn that you have the strength to endure and that you really do have WORTH.

Have a great day, everyone!

What the Internet is all about Department: Some *person* left this as a “comment”..

(Savvy folks avoid ‘dot info’ URL’s. I have only seen one that wasn’t being used by a criminal [though I am sure there’s at least 2 or 3 others that aren’t].)

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April 19, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, Taskbar, troubleshooting, Vista, Windows | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment