• Linkedin
  • Reddit

Summary :

Windows 10 show desktop button not working

Windows 10 show desktop is a very useful and convenient feature on your computer. You can click the show desktop button on the taskbar to minimize all running windows. If Windows 10 show desktop button is not working or missing, you can read this MiniTool post to get some useful methods to solve this issue.

The Windows 10 show desktop button is located at the rightmost side of the taskbar. It is a long strip button. When you open many windows and you want to go back to the desktop, you can just click this button to make Windows 10 show desktop immediately.

Windows 10 show desktop button

At times, this button may encounter issues like Windows 10 show desktop button not working or missing. We have collected some methods that are proved to be effective to solve the issues. We will introduce them in this post.

Fix 1: Restart Your Computer

When running your computer, there will be some temporary and cached files. Some of these files may get corrupted or damaged, causing Windows 10 show desktop button missing or not working. You can just restart your computer to remove these temporary errors.

how clear cache on windows thumbnail
Some Guides on How to Clear Cache on Windows 10/8/7

Do you want to know how to clear cache on Windows 10/8/7? Now, you can read this post to learn some solutions based on different situations.

Read More

Fix 2: Turn on Use Peek to Preview the Desktop

If the option of use Peek to preview the desktop is turned off, it can be the cause of show desktop not working or missing. You can go to Settings to have a check.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Settings > Personalisation > Taskbar.
  3. Check whether the button for Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar is ON. If not, you need to switch it to ON.

turn on Use Peek to preview the desktop

Now, you can go to check whether the show desktop button goes back to normal. If not, you can restart your device and make a confirmation again.

Fix 3: Turn off Tablet Mode

If you are using tablet mode, the show desktop button will disappear from the taskbar. If you want to get it back, you need to turn off the tablet mode.

You can go to Start > Settings > System > Tablet > Change additional tablet settings to turn off the button for Tablet mode.

turn off tablet mode

windows 10 stuck in tablet mode thumbnail
Is Windows 10 Stuck in Tablet Mode? Full Solutions Are Here!

Is Windows 10 stuck in Tablet Mode? How to get Windows 10 out of Tablet Mode? This post will show you methods to return PC to the normal view.

Read More

Fix 4: Restart Windows File Explorer

The issue can come with other problems like Start menu not working, the taskbar has no response, or other programs is unresponsive. If so, you can restart Windows File Explorer to solve the issue.

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Find Windows Explorer and right-click it.
  3. Select Restart.

restart Windows File Explorer

Fix 5: Create a Shortcut for Show Desktop and Pin it to the Taskbar

You can also create a show desktop shortcut and then pin it to the taskbar. If the show desktop button is missing or not working, you can use this shortcut to do the same job.

1. Close all windows on your computer one by one using the conventional method to show the desktop.

2. Right-click any empty space on your desktop and then go to New > Shortcut.

3. Copy and paste exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257} to the box on the pop-up interface.

4. Click Next.

type the location of the item

5. On the next interface, you need to type a name for the shortcut. In this case, the name should be show desktop.

6. Click Finish.

name the shortcut

7. You can see the shortcut on the desktop. Then, you need to drag the shortcut to the taskbar.

drag the shortcut to the taskbar

If your Windows 10 show desktop button is not working or missing, you can use this shortcut to do the same job.

how to pin shortcut to taskbar thumbnail
How to Pin Shortcuts to the Taskbar on Windows 10? (10 Ways)

This post will show you how to pin shortcuts to the taskbar in different situations. Here are many situations. You can just select what you need to use.

Read More

Fix 6: Perform a System Restore

If the issue happens after you update your Windows, you can restore your Windows to a previous state when the show desktop button works normally. But the premise is that there are available system restore points.

Fix 7: Reset Windows 10

You can also reset Windows 10 to fix the show desktop button issue. During the process, you can choose to keep all your files.

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.
  2. Click the Get started button under Reset this PC.
  3. Click Keep my files and follow the instruction to reset your computer.

reset this PC

Windows 10 show desktop button not working or missing? Why not try these solutions to help you out. If you are facing some other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

  • Linkedin
  • Reddit

User Comments :

Post Comment