How would you restore "Internet Explorer icon and Show Desktop icon"?

By pinegroove ·
In Windows XP, my "Blue e and Show Desktop icon" have dsisappeared from the Quick Launch toolbar.I liked seeing them there, and I always clicked on the "blue e" to access the Internet and my Home page.

As you can tell I am not a computer tech, just a little lady of 74 trying to learn steps or procedures of how to fix things. I may have deleted them accidently. Both "icons" are on my destop, but I would like them to be in the QLB next to the Start button as they have always been. I have tried the "drag & drop" method but they go right back to the desktop.

Any information would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you,

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Try this ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How would you restore "In ...

Right click your Internet Explorer icon and select 'Pin to Start Menu'.

Then left click and HOLD the IE icon in the Start Menu, sliding it over to your Quick Launch icons. You should have a couple or three icons that are visible on the left of your taskbar - slide the IE icon onto that area and it'll take priority over the icons sitting there.

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Will not "pin" to QLB. or next to Start button.

by pinegroove In reply to Try this ...

I followed your instructions exact, however when I let go of the IE icon, it jumped right back to the desk top. I don,t understand, it was so simple. I tried a couple of times but it would jump right back to the desk top. It ws so handy next to the Start button. I don,t know what to do.

Do you have another solution?

Thank you so much,
Jeanette Gonzales

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And the Show Desktop icon...

by seanferd In reply to How would you restore "In ...

You might find a copy in one of the user folders in the location:
C:\Documents and Settings\"User name"\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

But it will probably be easier to make a new one.

Create a new plain text document.
(Start Notepad, or right-click the Desktop, select New, select Text Document.)

Copy this, and paste it into the text file:


Save the text file on the Desktop.
Now, rename it: Show Desktop.scf

It should now have the desktop icon appearance.*

Drag it to the Quick Launch bar and drop it in as OLDer Mycroft described.

You can also drag and drop copy it to another folder like My Documents, so you have a backup.

* What if it doesn't look like the desktop icon? (And doesn't work, but opens as a text file.)

Start Windows Explorer by double-clicking My Computer, or whatever method you prefer.

At the top of the Explorer window, click Tools, then click Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Find the setting
"Hide extensions for known file types"
and un-check the box.

Click OK. Close the Explorer window.

Now you'll see that there is a ".txt" on the end of the file name. Rename the file, removing the ".txt".

It should work now.

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You see?

by santeewelding In reply to How would you restore "In ...

Not everyone here is hard and sharp.

Their hearts melt like butter -- specially those two.

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Try right mouse clicking

by Jacky Howe In reply to How would you restore "In ...

on the icon and drag it to the quick launch bar. Select copy from the resulting menu.

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