How to Enable / Disable Show Desktop icon on Taskbar in Windows 11

While many application windows are open, Show Desktop icon on the taskbar is the quickest way to reach desktop other than keyboard shortcut. But some users do not like to have this icon on their taskbar, while some users think its great access to desktop. If you want to keep or remove show desktop icon, this article will guide you on how to enable or disable show desktop icon on your windows 11 system.


Method 1: From Settings app

Step 1: Press Win + I keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: Click on Personalization in the left pane of the window.

Step 3: After clicking Personalization, Scroll down the page and click on Taskbar on the right side of the window.


Taskbar Personalization Settings Win11 11zon


Step 4: Click on Taskbar behaviors option at the end of the page.


Taskbar Behaviours Win11


Step 5: Click on Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop checkbox to enable or disable the Show desktop option on taskbar as shown in the given screenshot below.


Select The Far Corner To Show Desktop Win11


Step 6: Close the settings window.

Now you can move your mouse cursor towards the right corner end of the taskbar to see if there is show desktop icon or not.

Hope you liked this simple method.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

NOTE: Before proceeding with registry editor, keep a copy of Registry file as a backup to revert it later if something wrong.

Step 1: Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: Type regedit and hit Enter key.


Press Win + R To Open Run Box, Type Regedit, Hit Ok


Step 3: Then, Click Yes on the UAC prompt to proceed.

Step 4: Copy and paste the following path in the address bar and hit Enter key.


Step 5: Make sure Advanced registry is selected on the left pane of the window.

Step 6: Then, scroll down and look for TaskbarSd DWORD value on the right side as shown in the picture below.



Taskbarsd In Advanced Win11


Step 7: Double click on TaskbarSd to change its value.

Step 8: Click on Value data and type 0 to disable and 1 to enable the show desktop icon on taskbar.



Edit Taskbarsd Dword Value Win11


Step 9: Finally, Click OK to close the edit DWORD value window.

Step 10: Close the Registry Editor window.

Now you can check if the Show desktop icon is present or not on taskbar without system restart.

That’s all guys.

Hope this article was helpful and leave us comments below for any questions.

Thank you!

2 thoughts on “How to Enable / Disable Show Desktop icon on Taskbar in Windows 11”

  1. I recently got the windows 11 upgrade and it changed a lot of things….so much that I have a hard time navigating this machine now. I have all of the icons hidden on my desktop so it doesnt look so cluttered. The problem I have now is that the menu button for the Desktop menu is no longer in the taskbar. This menu Im talking about simply was a pull up text menu of all the items that are on my desktop. Please tell me there is a way to get that back.

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